Double Duty Tips for Household Items

Double Duty Tips for Household Items

We have some solutions for you. Here, some alternative uses for household items.

Rubber Bands

rubber bands

1. Coming in and out with your hands full? Loop a single rubber band around a door’s inside and outside knobs, twisting it as you do so that the “X” presses the latch open. Once finished, hang the band on the inner knob for the next time.

2. To get a better grip on a stripped screw, trap one side of a wide rubber band (like the ones used on produce bundles) between the screwdriver and the screw head, and twist.

3. Keep slippery tops and strappy dresses from sliding into a heap on your closet floor by looping wide rubber bands over the ends of their hangers.

Eyeglasses Case

Snag a spare one to stow jewelry when packing a suitcase. Another great use? For your earbuds.

Laundry Pretreater

It does more than help with tough stains. Use it to loosen labels on washable hard surfaces or adhesive left by price stickers – the ultimate trap for clingy dusty bunnies.

Emery Board

Use this manicure staple for more than just shaping your nails – it can gently buff away stains on suede bags and shoes.

Parmesan Cheese Shaker

Clean it out, then fill it up with your preferred granular plant fertilizer for an easy way to feed your garden.

Kneadable Eraser

This art-class must-have does more than zap errant pencil marks. Use it to rub out scuffs on hardwood or tile floors, as well as smudges on light-colored leather bags and shoes. Once the eraser is dirty, knead to reveal a clean spot.


Spiff up dark-colored leather shoes in a pinch by rubbing them with a balled-up black-and-white newspaper page (note: full-color pages won’t work). No polish needed.

Cooking Spray

Spritz a little on a squeaky door hinge, then swing the door back and forth to work it in and quiet the creaking. Wipe away any drips with a paper towel.

Spare Buttons

spare buttons

If you’re always misplacing one earring or its back, take a moment to pair them through the holes of an old button. Bonus: They’ll look cute (and be easier to find) in your jewelry box.

Plastic Lid

Create a “coaster” for a shaving-cream can with the top of a small sour cream, potato chip, or other food container — and end rusty rings on bathroom surfaces.

Shower Cap

Snag those hotel-freebie shower caps to cover shoes before packing them in a suitcase. The plastic keeps dirty soles from sullying clothes.


When storing coats or special-occasion clothes, cover each item with an old pillowcase (cut a hole in the closed end to slip over a hanger). It won’t hold in mildew-causing moisture like plastic does.

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