Recycling: More Household Items You Can Still Reuse

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Why do we even bother reusing stuff when these can merely be trashed away? Citizens, particularly those residing in developed geographic areas, are known for generating more trash in a lifetime as compared to the accumulated gross national products of many small nations.  Every time you dump the trash just take quick look down the street and see the volume of items we throw away.  Many of these materials we trash could still be recycled and reused for other purposes.

Used Window shades

Salvage the wood roller and slat from your old and worn out window shades. Buy a regular plastic tablecloth with a style that suits the room and trim it similar to the size of the shade. Hand-sew the lowermost edge to fit the wooden slat then staple or glue the top to the roller.  Now you have a homemade window shade for a fraction of the cost.

Lone Earring

If you misplaced the match to an earring pair, you can still use that one earring as a cork board pin.

Recycling a revolving tie rack

An old revolving tie rack could be reused in your kitchen to store bottle brushes, measuring cups, and other small kitchen tools.

Recycling empty jars

Empty jars with shaker tops can function as dispensers for powdered cleansers for cleaning the toilet, bath or sinks.

Recycling candle wax

Wax from melted candle can be reused to smoothen drawer runners and packed in cloth as pin cushions; the wax protects the pins and needles from rusting and it helps go through fabric well.

Recylce old display racks

Stores normally trash display racks when replacing them with new ones. When cleaned and repainted, these can be turned into towel racks for the kitchen and bathroom.

Reusing jumper cables

Old set jumper cables have alligator clips on the ends. These can be repurposed to hold DIY projects together.

Recycle bath mats

Old bath mats can make excellent floor mops. Just fold a piec, have fluffy side out, to pair with your mop handle and fasten it into place. When soiled, it could even be machine washed to keep it clean and fresh.

Recyle used envelopes

You can save a lot of time at the cashier if you use your envelopes to write your grocery list on and as a packet to keep redeemable coupons in.

Recycling junk mail

Print ads and announcements are generally printed on a single side, the unprinted side can be used as scratch paper. Cut the sheets in half or quarters and place them in a box. This will give you a ready supply of paper to write whatever you need to write.

Recycle tape receipts

The other side of the wide register tape receipts from the supermarket checkout can be used for next week’s grocery list.

Recycling packing cardboards

Those thin cardboards used in packing hosiery or shirts can be reused as recipe cards. There’s generous space for the ingredients, methods, a picture of the cooked dish and the classification (pastries, main dishes, desserts, etc.). If you want, you can also glue recipes from magazines and news journals on them.


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