Efficiency is one of the keys to a well-functioning household and intelligent savings. And what could be more efficient than a household item that does double duty.
Whether you are looking for an item that can switch seamlessly between multiple tasks or you are searching for another use for an outdated appliance, there is a multitude of incredible double-duty tips for household items out there. Many awesome cleaning uses for some items may even surprise you. For example, have you ever considered using your washing machine as a party cooler for drinks? Read on to find out more.
Paint Brush Cleaner
Clean paintbrushes with baby oil!
Salt can be used to clean dusty silk flowers or wreaths. Just put some in a bag with the dusty item and shake well.
Hanger Jewelry Storage
Attached some hooks to a hanger and it can double as jewelry storage!
Wash off your Popsicle sticks after you eat the sweets and create a reading game!
Paper Towel Rack Bracelet Holder
Use paper towel racks to store paper towels or bracelets!
Clean Toilets with Alka Seltzer
Put your Alka Seltzer to extra use by cleaning your toilet.
Use Clothes to Pack
Your clothing can do double-duty as packing material for moving or use vinegar and borax to unshrink clothes. This way not only your clothes get double use, but also regular household ingredients can be used to stretch out shirts, jeans, or cotton.
Sticky Note Keyboard Cleaner
Those Post-its aren’t just for reminders, did you know? You can clean between your keyboard keys with them as well!
Use chopsticks to get at that pesky lint stuck in the dryer trap.
Washing Machine Cooler
Put your washer to use as a party cooler! Best of all you won’t have to drain all the melted ice after because your washer will do it for you.
Ketchup Bottle Pancakes
Use used ketchup bottles to store pancake batter for awesome pancakes and learn how to best remove tomato ketchup stains ;).
Sprinkle a little baby powder on tangled jewelry to help untangle the knots!
Cleaning with baking soda and white vinegar – Homemade oven cleaner
A soft paste of baking soda with vinegar gives a strong natural cleaning solution for glass stovetop and heavily burned oven.
Mix salt with hot water for a simple drain cleaner!
Buttons for Earring Storage
Have extra buttons? Use them to keep your earrings together!
Balled up aluminum foil can double as a dryer sheet.
Use vinegar to get rid of pesky sidewalk and driveway weeds!
Add some Dawn and vinegar to a spray bottle and create an awesome shower cleaner!
Use laundry pre-treater to help remove those stubborn price tags stuck on items.
Shoe Stink Eliminator
Use dryer sheets to get rid of shoe stink!
Swiffer Refillable Bottle
The double duty here is making your Swiffer wet-jet bottles double (or quadruple) the use. With a few tweaks, you can make those expensive single-use bottles refillable.
Wine Bottle Boot Stands
Use empty (or full) wine bottles to maintain your boots’ shapes when they are off your feet!
Spoon for Jar Opener
A spoon can serve double duty as a handy utensil and also as a way to open stubborn jars.
Lemon to Shine Brass
Use lemon and baking soda to clean and polish your brass and make your kitchen look brand new.
Wine corks can double as mini plants for tiny succulents.
Use candle stubs to hold pins!
Crushed eggshells can help to clean those hard to reach places inside thermoses.
Use a clean paintbrush (or a makeup brush!) to clean your keyboard.
Put socks on your furniture to help protect your floors! Jewelry Cleaner
Dish Detergent, baking soda, and aluminum foil all to double duty with this homemade jewelry cleaner.
Baking Soda Whitener
Use baking soda to remove dark patches under your arms.
WD-40 isn’t just a handy lubricant. It can remove pesky crayon stains too!
Olive Oil Shaving Cream
Olive Oil is not only an awesome cooking aid, it’s great for shaving too!
Use dryer sheets to clean pans!
Lotion Shoe Shine
Lotion can be used to polish shoes as well as make your skin soft.
Cleaning with Lemons
Use lemons to clean metals, rust-stained clothes, and cuttings boards, as well as to brighten your whites!
Broken Glass Cleaner
Use a slice of bread to efficiently clean up the broken glass!
Rubber Band Door Stop
Use a rubber band to prevent your door from latching when going in and out frequently.
Fix Chipped Wood
Use clear nail polish to fix chipped wood furniture.
Brooms are not only good for cleaning wooden floors, but you can also use them to dust ceilings too.
The tab tops from soda cans haven’t completed their purpose when they’ve opened your drink. Remove them from the cans to create hanger connectors for two-piece outfits.
Keep Food Fresh
Use those silica gel packets you find in shoeboxes to keep your food fresh longer!
Hair Spray can double as a stain remover for fabrics.