10 WAYS TO REPURPOSE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

9 Mar 2021 | Student Advice

In a world where there is plenty of everything, some people can often forget how easy it is to repurpose common household items. Reusing and repurposing items is a great way to be creative and to be environmentally friendly. The best part? It’s completely free! Here are our top 10 ways to repurpose household items that you may not have thought of.

1. Transform empty jars

Jars are great for the environment anyway as they can be recycled, but they are also incredibly versatile after use. Simply clean out an empty far of curry paste or Bolognese sauce, and it can be used as a stationary holder, a makeup brush holder, or even a funky new cocktail glass! They can also hold pasta, seeds, flour, sugar, and other food items.

2. Make your own candles from melted crayons

If you have an abundance of broken or unused crayons, why not melt them into a candle? You can use bottle caps to make little tea lights, or even some empty jars to create a rainbow candle. Whilst they won’t produce a scent, they can be fun to make and a unique new interior item.

3. Turn old books into art

If you are creative or have kids who love to draw, and if you have an array of old books lying around, you can turn the books into art! Tearing out pages and doodling on them is a unique and original way of creating new art, which can then be hung up or placed in photo frames for a vintage look.

4. Turn spare mugs into plant holders

Every household collects mugs, regardless of how many are at home already. Why not reuse the mugs you don’t like but cannot seem to through away? Mugs can be used as plant holders for small plants, herbs, or for propagation purposes. They don’t have to reside indoors either, as they can be glued to an outdoor surface as a vintage and quirky-looking outdoor plant holder.

5. Broken pots? Turn them into plant markers!

Like with mugs, every household with a garden will have broken plant pots. Don’t fret, because the broken pot pieces can be used as plant or herb markers. Simply write the plant or herb name on the broken piece and stick it into the soil!

6. Makeshift mosaic from broken plates

As with the broken pots, you can use other broken ceramic items such as plates to make a mosaic. Either use broken plates or plates you no longer want, and stick them to an indoor or outdoor surface to create a funky mosaic.

7. Use disposable razors to de-pill your clothes

Disposable razors are pointless on body hair once the blades are no longer sharp, but don’t throw them away! Blunt disposable razors can shave away lumps and bumps on clothing and fabrics, which can renew clothing easily.

8. Use cereal bags as shopping bags

Single-use plastic doesn’t always have to be single-use. Cereal bags can be washed and reused as shopping bags – perfect for holding loose fruit and vegetables. They don’t tear easily, so they are great for holding a variety of items!

9. Reuse old t-shirts

Sometimes it’s not easy to throw away old t-shirts, nor is it easy to give torn t-shirts to charity. You can use old t-shirts to dry hair (which prevents frizz!), and can be cut to create headbands or sweatbands. You can also get extra creative to make reusable bags, rugs, and even dresses.

10. Use socks for cleaning or polishing

Everyone knows the struggle of gathering a mass of single socks with no matching pairs. Instead of throwing them away, these socks can be used for cleaning! They are versatile enough to clean the dust off blinds, wipe down surfaces, and can even clean a baby as the material is so gentle. Simply put them over your hand and clean away!

There are so many ways to reuse and repurpose common household items, all of which are beneficial to both the environment and your bank account. Why not get creative and make some of your own repurposing inventions?

By Imogen Killner

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