10 Special Uses for Household Items

household tips

Our homes are full of items we use on a daily basis, but did you know some have extra special uses?

You’ll start to look at household items in a different way after we’ve shared these tips for use around the home. Who knew aluminium foil could help with ironing? Or that a teaspoon could sooth your eyes?

The internet is a great place for sharing knowledge, and at The People’s Friend Online we love that our community regularly shares tips with us. And of course, that our archives have a full historic knowledge bounty.

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Aluminium foil

Instead of throwing away a used piece of foil, try scrunching it up and using it to scrub tough to clean pots and pans

Or place a piece of foil on your ironing board under clothes to make ironing faster and more efficient.

Glass jars and food tins

Large jars can make great planters in and outside the home. They also look good as a thrifty desk tidy.

Food tins can be upcycled into trendy knife and fork holders to sit on the kitchen table.

Nail varnish

Nail varnish isn’t just for your nails. If you’re struggling to thread a needle, try dipping the end in nail varnish and leave it to dry before threading.

It’s also good for sealing or resealing an envelope and ideal if you want to colour code the tops of your computer keys.


Tennis Balls

Cut tennis balls in half, place on the bottom of chair legs and you’ll protect your floor from scratches. You can even spray paint them with your room colour scheme.

Metal spoons

Place a metal spoon in the fridge overnight and use it to reduce puffy eyes in the morning.

You can also make your own chocolate dipping spoon by melting spare chocolate, placing in an ice tray and dipping in the spoon. Leave to set in the fridge.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is perfect for keeping your skin soft. It also doubles up as a wooden furniture polish.

Old tights

The soft fibres of tights make them ideal dusters. And if you’re sick of soap sliding around, cut the feet off your tights and pop in a bar of soap. Tie them up to keep the soap secure and out of the way.

Petroleum Jelly

Put petroleum jelly on the outside corners of drawers and on hinges to stop squeaking and loosen them up.


Baking Soda

Adding half a cup of baking soda to your laundry powder will make clothes cleaner and your powder go further.

It also works as a DIY air freshener. Simply place baking soda in a jar, mix with essential oils and place a cloth, secured with an elastic band over the top.



An old toothbrush is a fabulous cleaning tool for those tricky little spots like removing grout grime and cleaning the soles of your shoes.

And for well-groomed brows, a cheap toothbrush does the job just as well as an expensive brow grooming tool.



These tips were provided by those thrifty fellows at Promotion Codes.com Click to see what other helpful ideas that might have.

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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.