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5 Creative Uses for Household Items

1. Tea Bags As Deodorizer

Put some used tea bags in a jar and place them in your refrigerator to absorb odors.

2. Kitty Litter As Cell Phone Saver

If your phone gets wet you can try drying it in a box of cat litter. Remove the battery and SIM card, then dry the phone off and slide it into a sock. Tie the sock closed and put it in a container filled with the litter. After three days, check to see if there’s any moisture left on the screen. If so, put it back for another couple of days.

3. Baby Wipes As Gadget Cleaners

Before you go out and purchase pricey electronics cleaners, keep in mind baby wipes work just as well.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide As Stain Remover

Unfortunately bleach has left hydrogen peroxide with somewhat of a bad rap. Commonly used as an anti-septic nowadays it makes for an awesome disinfectant and stain remover.

5. Cereal Bags As Ziplocs

Ziplock bags cost a fortune and the store-brand stuff is rarely worth its weight in flimsy plastic. Plastic cereal bags, however, are great liners that can be reused. You can use them to store baked goods or a sandwich, apply breadcrumb coatings to meat, fish and poultry, roll up cookie dough logs, contain ingredients to be crushed with a rolling-pin, or as a trash container in your car.

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Natural Air Fresheners – But weird!

1. Vodka – Ethyl alcohol, found in vodka and other spirits, is a main ingredient in most commercial air fresheners. Vodka will get rid of any smelly, musty odors and the good thing it contains no harmful ingredients like the commercial varieties of air fresheners. Plain vodka leaves no odor as it dries and you can spray it directly into the air. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a nice fragrance. [ I am not sure about this one as it seems a waste of good vodka but you can buy some real cheap vodka that will do the job and a bottle may not be as expensive as the commercial air freshener]

2. Cat Litter – If your closet, your basement, attic has a musty or smelly odor go get some cat litter. Look for the cat litter that has the main ingredient of diatomaceous earth. It is a naturally occurring mineral that among its many wonders absorbs odors, absorbs moisture and kill pests that come in contact with it. If you cannot find cat litter that contains the diatomaceous earth  then go buy then just go buy the earth from a garden supply store or online [Planet Natural].

3. Coffee – Is a natural odor remover.  You can use fresh or used grounds, but if going with used, let them dry out a bit first. You can place them in a bowl or in a coffee filter and put them in the area where there is the unpleasant odor. You can put them in an old stocking and hang them in your closet. Hey if you don’t drink coffee, most Starbucks will give you their ground coffee for free.

4. Palm Trees – Doing some renovating in the house and have those toxic smells going on? Palm trees used as houseplants are very effective air purifiers, known to remove formaldehyde, which lurks in paints, furniture finishes, and the glues used to hold pressed wood and particle board together. I believe Dwarf date, bamboo, areca, lady, or parlor palm varieties are the ones to look for.

5. Your very presence – Now this is a weird one to me, but researches say they have studied it and come up with positive results. Your skin – the oils in your skin, dead skin flakes act like natural air purifiers, say researchers from Denmark. in the most recent issue of Environmental Science & Technology, one of the most common oils in skin, squalene, reduces levels of the indoor pollutants that can cause asthma attacks. After comparing levels of ozone in a day-care center’s indoor air with the amount of squalene from skin flakes in its dust, the researchers determined that dead skin flakes can reduce ozone levels anywhere from 2 to 15 percent. Amazing but not appealing to me.

6. Make your own cleaning odor eaters – white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and borax, all of which are also natural odor removers. Recipes for making your own natural cleaning mixtures.

7. Cinnamon and Cloves  – If the house has not got that fresh odor about it when you walk inside at the end of the day then try boiling cinnamon sticks and cloves in a cheesecloth bag. Another idea if you have not got any cinnamon sticks or for that matter cloves try  spiced tea bags. Put several bags in a pot to make sure the smell permeates .


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