DIY 101: Repurposing Common Everyday Items to Solve Common Household Dilemmas

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For every household dilemma, there is of course a solution. However, it seems that for every concern you have in your household, the corresponding solution is a bit more expensive. So no matter how small your household woes are, you still end up blowing a lot of money on solution products being sold in the market.

The thing is, you don’t need to be always purchasing different kinds of products to solve your household dilemmas. In fact, you’ll find that you can save a ton of cash if you learn how to repurpose an inexpensive item and use them to get the job done. Below are some inexpensive solutions that can take care of those potentially expensive problems.

Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap  

Solution: Fill up a bowl with apple cider vinegar and just leave in an area where fruit flies frequent. To ensure that the flies will drown, break the solution’s surface area by adding a drop of dishwashing soap. You may also use a narrow-necked container, such as an old softdrink bottle, and pour the vinegar solution inside to make it difficult for the flies to escape.

Lemon juice to prevent fruits from turning brown

Use this instead of: throwing away browned apples, pears, guacamole etc.

Solution: A lot of fruits tend to go brown when exposed to air. So in place of just throwing these perfectly nice foods to the trash bin, ensure that they don’t turn brown (or at least, slow the browning process) by using lemon on the surface of the cut fruit.  Slice a lemon and rub it on the surface of the cut apple, guacamole or pear and effectively delay the fruit’s browning process.

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Uncooked spaghetti noodles to light candles

Solution:  If you’re lighting multiple candles, it’s far easier and efficient to just light the end of a single uncooked spaghetti noodle and use it to flame the candles. Not only will you save on matches, it will also save your fingertips. The long spaghetti noodle will also make those hard to reach candles at the back a bit easier to reach.

Newspaper for drying and deodorizing food containers and shoes

Solution: If you want to deodorize your wet shoes, crumple a few pieces of newspaper, stuff it inside the shoe and leave it overnight. The same trick works for food containers that stink.

Another pro tip: add a bit of baking soda to amp the newspaper’s deodorizing powers.

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Olive oil as make-up remover and moisturizer

Solution: This wonder oil is not just made for cooking-it can also double as a moisturizer and make-up remover.  A few drops dabbed on the affected areas are you need for a smoother and glowing skin.  If used as a makeup remover put a few drops on a cotton ball and swipe gently across your face. Wash your face as you normally would.

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Dryer sheets as duster

Solution:  Dryers sheets can attract dust, lint and dirt. Ergo, this will be effective as a duster too! Use a dryer sheet to clean your table tops, shelves and virtually anywhere else that attracts dust and grime.