As the sun rises, a new day begins, and what comes with it are fresh opportunities to make everyday things new again. You’d be surprised to find out that there are many common household things which you can re-use in a manner that allows you to save time, money and the environment as well.
One of the places in the house that has a lot of wastage is the kitchen-and this doesn’t need to be the case, especially if you are aware of how to maximize the potential of your kitchen items.
- Tissue paper-how often is it that we reach out for our handy tissue paper to mop up spills? Instead of automatically reaching out for the tissue roll, why not accumulate the used-up disposable table napkins, put it in a plastic bag or used tissue box for easy access in mopping up those spills?
- Tissue paper rolls-these are actually also very versatile, cut it into roughly 3 inches in height and they’re very useful as seedling holders (you can even make use of the seeds that you’d normally throw in the trash, such as tomato seeds, lemon seeds); also tissue paper rolls are very useful for crafts, why not convert it into coin banks for the kids? Just put a paper cover & base for it and slit the top, cover the roll in nice paper & let your kids decorate it as they please! Not only do you teach them the value of saving money, but the environment as well!
- Vegetable Net bags-don’t throw these away when you purchase veggies such as potatoes, onions, carrots-these actually come in handy as scrubbers! Just tie it in knots, and scrunch it up together, and you can use these to not just scrub the potatoes and other root vegetables, but to scrub your pots & pans as well! They’re pretty flexible, and aren’t too harsh for your non-stick pans.
- Newspaper-it’s best to keep your newspapers for emergency major spills-these informative sheets of paper are also renowned for their absorbent qualities. Also as effective window & glass cleaners because of the carbon in the newspaper ink.
- Scratch paper-anything can be re-used to minimize the waste of paper-gift wrappers (if they have a blank side) can be cut in 3″x5″, or even slightly bigger and stapled together to use as a notepad, as well as other sheets of paper with blank sides to it.
These are only a few ways in which we can make these common items new again, and it is very satisfying to know that just by being more aware of how we can maximize our household items, in the long run, we are not only helping ourselves, but also the environment.