5 Uncommon Uses for Common Household Items

Various Household Items

There are so many specialty items on the market now — bread scoopers to hollow out bagels, vacuum attachments for your blinds, you name it. But before you order a new gadget, try out some less-known purposes for items you probably already have around the house!

  1. Kneaded Rubber Eraser
Kneaded Eraser On Harwood Floor

They’re great for removing pencil marks, but did you know they can also get out scuff marks on hardwood or tile floors?

  1. Butter Knife
Butter Knife Used as Screwdriver

The average butter knife can be used as more than just a kitchen tool. It works surprisingly well as a screwdriver in a pinch, if you place the flat edge of the butter knife in one of the grooves of the screw and try turning it. Plus, you can insert it into the end of a curtain rod to help your curtains slide on smoothly. No more struggling with the fabric over those sharp edges!

  1. Plastic Bread Ties
Bread Ties Used to Hold Wires

Before you throw out those split plastic squares that hold the bread bag closed, try one of these tricks.

Got a tangle of overlapping wires under the desk? Label the cords easily with bread tags.

Flip-flops keep coming apart? The ties can also be used for quick and easy shoe repairs. Secure to the underside (sole) where the thong goes through the shoe — no more broken flip-flops!

  1. Dryer Lint
Dryer Lint

Even the lint that collects in the dryer screen, vent opening, and vent hose can be useful year-round. Because of how flammable it is, many people use it as a fire-starter for the wood burner in the winter, and for campfires in the summer.

  1. Milk Jugs
Milk Jugs Used For Gardening

For all gardeners from experts to novices, these plastic containers make excellent portable greenhouses for your garden plants. Just cut off the spout and place over plants to protect them from frost or storm damage.

Fun fact: while many household items can be upcycled to save you time, energy, and money, roofing materials are the opposite! Contractors should never reuse any materials — this is the number one cause for future leaks and weather intrusion. Learn more about the Dr. Roof Difference.