There are many products that have uses that only allow a one-time usage and then you’re done with the item, which doesn’t seem very economically efficient nor can be eco-friendly to the environment.
Products like plastic straws can maybe be used one time or maybe a few times, dependent on the reason you’re using them, but once you’re done with the item, it gets disposed of and can potentially be found on the street or even the ocean damaging the environment.
Another product that is not very eco-friendly and basically has one use is the plastic stoppers you usually get at coffee shops like Starbucks, where they prevent your drink from spilling. Once you finish your drink, the stopper gets disposed of and sent off to the landfill.
We’ve created a list to help reduce waste and think outside the box when it comes to using household items you can find in your home for multiple reasons.
1. Baking Soda
You may or may not have crossed this idea of baking soda is used for more than just baking. It can be found either in your local grocery store or even supermarket and it holds many valuable uses that can come in handy, like being a deodorizer.
It can also be used to help whiten your teeth or even as a cleaner for surface cleaning and help with washing clothes. Don’t underestimate the power of baking soda and its uses.
2. Glass Food Jars
Aside from holding food in a preserved state, glass jars can be put to use if you’re creative enough to test out its traits. It's a container, so it can be used as a pencil and pen holder. Or if you’re trying to get crafty, you can put string lights in the jar and illuminate your room.
Glass jars are also eco-friendly because they can be reused and reseal any food you may have made that can fit into the container itself.
Did you know that aside from using lemons to add zest to your meal or creating a refreshing drink on a hot sunny day, they can also be used for deodorizing your garbage disposal whenever you have a strange smell coming from it?
Lemons can also be used to help clean off stains from coffee mugs or even thoroughly clean out your microwave whenever it needs some cleaning. The acids from lemons can help clean out the scum that is tough to get rid of.
Vinegar is also another home remedy cleaning solvent that can be used to help get rid of mold build-up if you ever see it forming on surfaces. Gardeners have been found to use vinegar mixed with water to help kill off those pesky weeds you find on the walkways to your home.
The weekly news is great and all, but were you aware that newspapers have multiple uses aside from being read? Matter of fact, newspapers can be used as liners in moving boxes when you’re getting dishes to move to your new home.
Newspapers are very useful when it comes to soaking up liquids as well, whenever you’re out of paper towels and don’t want to use any fabric to soak up the mess. Deciding on painting? Well newspapers can be used to cover window surfaces to prevent them from getting splattered on and having to deal with the mess paint can cause.