This is our fifth Other Uses article.  If you have any candidates for our sixth article, please send them to us at [email protected]!For a pretty flower arrangement in a clear vase raid the kids’ toy box and steal their marbles.  The marbles will keep your stems in place and add some color.

Try using hair conditioner to enlarge that favorite sweater you shrunk. The conditioner relaxes and softens the wool fibers.  Soak sweater for 30 minutes in cool water with 1/3 a cup of hair conditioner mixed in.  Rinse, roll up in a towel to get rid of extra moisture and lay flat to dry.

I always try to use felt plate separators in between my good china plates and bowls to protect them from chipping.  The felt separators are becoming difficult to find.  Try substituting paper plates or coffee filters or even paper towels.


We could write an entire article devoted to the uses for baking soda.  What an amazing product!  Try it as an emergency exfoliator.  Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, mix well and use as a face and body scrub.  It can also be used in your shampoo to exfoliate your scalp and get rid of product build-up.  Mix 1 tsp. into your shampoo.

If you don’t have any wine on hand to deglaze your pan, Rachel Ray suggests using ginger ale!  Pour a small amount of ginger ale into your roasting pan and stir.  Add a tsp. of butter and a dash of salt and you have a great sauce for your meat.

We have way too many large glass jars filled with shells and sea glass the kids have collected over the years.  Coastal Livingsuggests placing your prettiest sea glass under a bar of soap in a soap dish to add some color and keep the soap from sitting in moisture.  Sea glass would also be very pretty in a clear glass vase to keep stems in place.

Lost the glasses but still have the hard case they came in?  Use it to pack and protect your smaller items of jewelry when traveling.

I have a large drawer filled with large thick rubber bands that come around our delivered newspapers.  Thanks to Real Simple I am reminded that they can be written on!  Use them to label sandwiches, identify power cords and chargers, and fasten around your guests’ drinks so they can always find their glass.  There are a million uses for them.

Corks also have many other uses, but one my daughters love is as a pierced earring back when they’ve lost one.  Cut off a little bit of cork and you’re good to go.

You know that pile of single socks you keep hoping will find their mates?  Well, give it up.  Rarely does one ever leave the pile to go off hand in hand with its better half.  I can’t tell you where all the missing socks are, I just know that they rarely reappear.  Rather than throw away the abandoned socks, use them to store or pack fragile items.  They give protection to that vase or candlestick you’re wrapping up.

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