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Going Green: New Uses for Everyday Things

Adventurer B

Hello and Happy Green Tuesday!  I get very excited when I learn of clever ways to repurpose everyday items. 

There are some great ideas out there, and here are my favorites:

  1. Used dryer sheets are amazing dust picker-uppers!  They seem to work on just about any surface such as blinds, furniture, leather, etc.  And, they smell pretty good, too!
  2. Olive oil seems to be a miracle oil, and it’s not just for cooking!  A great “other” use for olive oil is to free stuck zippers.  Simply apply olive oil with a cotton swab to the teeth of the zipper and ease it down.  My other favorite use for olive oil is moisturizing cuticles—it really works!
  3. Are you a tea drinker?  A great way to reuse old tea bags is to use them for your plants. Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants; you can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture. 
  4. And, finally, toothpaste—the most versatile of household products!  My favorite use for plain white toothpaste is to use it to repair holes in the wall —I used this one a lot in college.  The other great use for toothpaste is to repair scratches on CDs and DVDs.  Simply put toothpaste on it, scrub, wipe clean and you are good to go!  No guarantees, of course.

There are many other great articles and new uses for everyday things at  What fun uses do you have for old things?  Let us know by commenting below.

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DING!  You are now free to be Green.

1 Comment
Explorer C
Toothpaste has so many uses; I’ve used it to defog my headlamps on my car. It works like a charm!