100 Uncommon Uses for Common Household Items
Brace yourself for 100 aha! moments. These unique uses for everyday items are downright genius.
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Keep the Tape Rolling
Pipe Insulation Car Hack
Beat The Dust out of Cushions With a Tennis Racket
Custom Cord Wraps
Milk Jug Scoop
Grass Seed Broadcaster
Bread Tabs for Labeling Cords
Rubber Band and Paperclip Binder
Paper Towel Roll Bag Storage
Paper Towel Boot Shaper
Toilet Paper Roll Hair Band Organizer
Grocery Bag Shoe Covers
Greenhouses from the Salad Bar
Tape Containers for Furniture Glides
Pipe Insulation for Baby-Proofing
Quick Smartphone Speaker
Floor Swiffer for Walls
Bathroom Drawer Insert from the Kitchen
Hanger Magazine Rack
Write Notes on the Washer
Use a Pool Noodle Inside a Drawer
Pool Noodle Wrist Rest
Rubber Band Clamps
Paint Brush Drip Stopper
Better Bucket Storage
Easy-Mount Mini Bins
Mini Tools From Concrete Nails
Panpipe Tool Storage
Stay-Put PVC Pipe Cutter
No-Rattle Ceiling Fan
Handy Bench and Tool Bucket
A 5-gallon bucket with lid comes in handy out in the garden and not just for collecting weeds. You can load it up with all your gardening tools and carry them easily from place to place. If it starts to rain, protect the tools with the lid. But here’s the best part—the 5 gallon bucket with lid doubles as a portable stool when you need to rest or do some pruning. The only problem is that the lid can be hard to pry off. Solve that by cutting off all but two of the plastic tabs. The lid will go on and off in a snap. For more clever gardening shortcuts, check out this collection of tips. — reader Julie Abbott
DIY Dog Feeder
Paper Tube Saw Guard
String Pipe Cutter
Storage Pockets for Skinny Things
Make a Mattress Sling
String-Dispensing CD Bins
PVC Knife Holders
Power Cord Coilers
Light-Duty Extension Cord Storage
Chainsaw Blade Guard
Protect a chainsaw blade with 3/4-in. foam pipe insulation. Wrap the insulation around the blade and strap it tight with a couple of rubber bands. Chainsaw need sharpening? Here’s how.
Duct Tape Kayak
Mythbusters created a boat made of duct tape in an episode and so have others. As long as the seals are water tight it’s possible. Duct tape also works well as a guard when using a spinning sander to prevent fingers from brushing up against the wheel. Check out some of these clever duct tape hacks you’ll wish you would’ve thought of.
Easier Mulch Unloading
Fast, Inexpensive Table
PVC Curling Iron Holsters
Mini Hardware Holders
Double-Lid Cord Reel
No-Latch (or Hands-Free) Door Trick
Behind the Door Storage: Closet Glove Rack
Better Tree Watering
It’s a lot of work to haul buckets of water to recently planted trees. Then, when you dump out the water at the base of the tree, the water quickly runs off. Here’s a solution: Get some old 5-gallon buckets and drill a 1/4-in. hole near the bottom of each one. After plugging the holes with dowels, fill the buckets and haul them to the trees in a wheelbarrow. Set the buckets near the base of the trees and unplug the holes. It takes several minutes for the buckets to drain, allowing the soil to soak up every drop.
Portable Tool Kit
Fishing Rod Organizer
Battery-Powered Kite Retriever
Drill Bit Girdle
You’d be amazed how easy it is to move heavy, awkward objects with three pieces of PVC pipe. Move playhouses, yard sheds, empty hot tubs and rocks weighing well over a ton with this trick. Use 4-in.-diameter ‘Schedule 40’ PVC, which is available from home centers. Here’s how to do it:
- Lift the front edge of the stone with a pry bar and slip two pipes underneath. Place one near the front and one about midway so the stone rests on the pipes.
- Position the third pipe a foot or two in front of the stone.
- Roll the stone forward onto the third pipe until the rear pipe comes free. Then move the rear pipe to the front and repeat.
This technique works best on relatively flat ground. On mild slopes, you’ll need a helper to shift pipes while you stabilize the load. Don’t use this method on steeper slopes.
Instant Tool Holder
Ironing Board Back Saver
Safe Cord Storage
To store elastic cords safely and neatly, pull out the spine of an old three-ring binder. Punch out the rivets and screw the spine to the garage wall. The rings are the perfect spot to hang cords without dangerous tension.
Find out other helpful uses for a three-ring binder to help declutter. — reader Tim Groff
Foam Ball Tool Storage
Scour Off Grime with an Electric Toothbrush
Vinyl Siding Helper
Long lengths of vinyl siding can be tough to install by yourself, so I came up with this trick. I hung a bungee cord on the wall above the siding and used it to hold the siding in place while I nailed it off. The elasticity of the bungee cord made it easy to pull the siding down to snap it into place before nailing. Find out how to install vinyl siding quickly. — reader Michael Winter
No-Spill Grocery Bags
It’s a pain to crawl deep into the trunk to get all the groceries that spill out of your bags on the way home from the store. Here’s a simple solution using common household items: Run a long bungee cord through the bag handles and hook the ends to the sides of the trunk. Keep the bungee cord in the trunk so it’s there when you need it. — reader Vern McMeans. Short on space to store food or want a pantry? Check out some pantry ideas.