Jan
23

99 Extraordinary, Creative and Unusual Uses for Ordinary and Everyday Objects


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Imagine all of the silly old stuff you have sitting around the house that is simply going to waste and hasn’t been used in years. Think it’s all junk? Perhaps not. Here are ninety-nine creative ways you can use things you thought had only one purpose, from beer and soda to rulers, stamps, sugar, toothpaste, old CDs and even your iPod.

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Having trouble learning how to chopstick? Think of this approach as cheap-and-easy training wheels while you learn the ropes. Inexpensive plastic clothes pins can be disassembled without tools or much effort and their spring can be reused with any generic chopsticks.

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Scared to fight for the road, pitting your bike against a few tons of truck or car? Take a conventional fold-out ruler, apply something shiny and reflective and strap it to the back of your ride. Fold it out as needed and back in when parked.

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Sick of those fake-smelling toilet bowl fresheners that reek like faux flowers? Get the normal hanging plastic device but swap out the insides with a tea scent of your choice - there are plenty to choose from and it will almost certainly beat out “lemon mist.”

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Looking to have a professional and colorful nail job but don’t want to pay for it? Find some interesting stamps with the same or alternating patterns, trim out and apply them. This approach is more manageable and easy to remove anyway.

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Prefer loose-leaf tea but find yourself forgetting to buy bags or tea balls? No worries so long as you have a handy household stapler and some tissue paper.

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10 Unusual Uses for Beer: marinate meat in it, grow better grass, kill slugs, snails and mice, calm a stomach ache, polish gold, take a bath, polish furniture or cook with it.

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3 Unusual Uses for Chocolate: make underwear, cars or even a dress.

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6 Unusual Uses for Tooth Paste: Stop itching bug bites and minor rashes, clean up Kool-Aid stains, sooth minor burns, clean ivory piano keys, remove smells from your hands, spot clean your shoes.

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6 Unusual Uses for Paper Clips: unbreakable bag closers, zipper pull replacement, cherry pit remover, bathroom door key, Christmas tree ornament hooks, reach electronic reset buttons.

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10 Unusual Uses for Sugar: make cut flowers last longer, improve outdoor plant health, hand cleaner, wasp trap, soothe a burned tongue, kill cockroaches, fly catcher, start a fire, keep biscuits or cake fresh

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6 Unusual Uses for Butter: remove glue from your hands, gum from your hair, swallow pills more easily, slice through sticky items, remove tree sap or even use it to shave.

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10 Unusual Uses for Human Hair: test tress making, growing food, cleaning oil spills, making clothes, creating furniture, crafting art, making soy sauce, nesting material, creating rope.

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10 Unusual Uses for an iPod: load text files of exam answers, plan workouts and set timing goals, load a subway map, calculate a tip, learn a language, use the light to read, repel telemarketers, facilitate geocaching, magic 8 ball or sing in the shower to tunes with a waterproof case.

5 Unusual Uses for Old CDS: mini hovercraft, disco ball, lamp, “q-ball” and sculptures

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28 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola: clean a toilet bowl, remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, clean corrosion from car battery terminals, cook, loosen a rusty bolt, bake a moist ham, remove grease from clothes, clean rust in a bathtub, clean milk stains from clothes, make barbecue sauce, prevent an asthma attack, relieve constipation, prevent diarrhea, condition hair, fertilize azaleas or gardenias, clean eyeglasses, clean tarnished pennies, strip paint off metal patio furniture, get rid of fruit flies, boost a compost bin, prevent flatulence, relieve an upset stomach, kill slugs or snails, mousse hair, sooth a jellyfish sting, clean blood stains from clothes, soothe a sore throat, neutralize skunk odor.

73 Comments so far

  1. K Stone on January 23rd, 2008

    Add uses for duct tape and you’ll be up to 1000!

  2. Web TV on January 24th, 2008

    @kstone
    or Glue lol..

  3. eshop on January 24th, 2008

    Coke to clean the toilet? i would rather drink it!

  4. greg on January 24th, 2008

    These seem like nice ideas, but unless you’re on welfare (trying to move on up) then why not buy the intended item in the first place?

  5. crina on January 24th, 2008

    This is so cool. I didn’t even know that so many things you can do with beer. I guess I have to drink it more oftern. :))

  6. Frugal Duchess on January 24th, 2008

    Thanks for including me in this great roundup! I love the instant stamp manicure!
    Best Wishes,
    Sharon

  7. Data Babble on January 24th, 2008

    I like the tennis balls…

  8. elmo on January 24th, 2008

    You can use bleach to immediately stop the pain and swelling from bee and hornet stings. dab a little on with a cotton ball and the effect is immediate.

  9. pissed on January 24th, 2008

    i feel stoopider (SEE i spelled stupid wrong) for looking at this. although the chop stick thing is cool if you dont know how to use them.

  10. G on January 24th, 2008

    So, I’m pretty sure Mythbusters killed about 15 of those Coke “uses.”

  11. Pyro on January 24th, 2008

    Heh it’s funny about the coca cola, it is such a good solvent that it can clean rust and even blood stains, and people actually drink that crap.

  12. Fuzz on January 24th, 2008

    Great article. You need to fix your RSS feed link. It points to the wrong address.

  13. kwoff.com on January 24th, 2008

    99 Extraordinary, Creative and Unusual Uses for Ordinary and Everyday Objects…

    Quite like that tea bag in the toilet trick…

  14. Linda on January 26th, 2008

    I have a use for tea bags.
    Damp tea bags put on bleeding gums after having tooth pulled.
    They will work on a cut or scrap when you need to stop bleeding.
    Tea has a natural blood clotting agent .

  15. Toxic on January 26th, 2008

    McGuiver can work with half of the items here

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  17. NoItAll on January 28th, 2008

    Most of the uses for Coke as a cleaner or solvent have been thoroughly debunked. Pyro had it right - Mythbusters did a whole show on Coke legends, and Snopes has a wealth of pages on the so-called uses and properties of the stuff (it’s useless against grease, rust and blood stains, but it does soothe [note the spelling] an upset stomach if it’s not too bad). If you reprint that old tripe, I find it hard to see credibility in anything else on this site.

  18. bloggingzoom.com on February 1st, 2008

    99 Extraordinary, Creative and Unusual Uses for Ordinary and Everyday Objects…

    If you’re like most people you’ve got a ton of things lying around that you have no idea what to do with. You don’t want to throw it out or give it away, but you don’t really know how to make use of the items either. Or maybe you’d jus…

  19. busterhymen on February 1st, 2008

    I agree with Noitalll

  20. busterhymen on February 1st, 2008

    Hair makes great dental floss, if its long enough.

  21. kissmyapocalypse on February 9th, 2008

    toothpaste can also be put on a zit… dries it right up

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  23. deliasdelight on February 10th, 2008

    Actually I think it is the seltzer or carbonate in Coke that degreases stuff. McDonald’s uses the carbonated water to degrease their floors especially by the fryers.

  24. Izabael on February 13th, 2008

    Toothpaste also gets rid of zits. (Just happened to read that on a previous stumble today–wash off zit after 15 minutes though.)

  25. Chrissy on February 15th, 2008

    Coca Cola does NOT prevent flatulence.

    The carbonation makes you burp and fart.

    Chug a 1 liter and tell me how your bumhole feels then.

    Oh… and another good use for toothpaste (plain white mint kind), it polishes silver jewelry nicely when used with an old toothbrush.

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  27. Joy on February 21st, 2008

    I don’t see how coke can ‘prevent flatulence’ when the bubbles in it(the soda) are what causes it in the first place. ;-)

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  32. 'ILLEGAL on April 13th, 2008

    None…

    None…

  33. Justin Hernandez on May 20th, 2008

    Haha great list, my favorite is the 10 uses for beer.

  34. pligg.com on May 20th, 2008

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  35. Dr. Sophia Alliee on May 20th, 2008

    the use of ball is great, i am going to make this thing right now…

  36. jeeps on May 20th, 2008

    @pissed
    The chopsticks thing if by far the dumbest thing up there.

    I hate seeing devices to aid the use of a chopsticks….thats what an f***ing fork is for.

    These devices are not going to help you learn, and you look dumb using them

  37. Omar on May 20th, 2008

    For the loose-leaf tea with tissue, make sure the tissue is not sented; some of them can taste horrible.

  38. neednewbed.com on May 20th, 2008

    my tip: coffee grounds can be put on flower beds to keep the cats away

  39. Mac on May 20th, 2008

    @neednewbed
    Holy crap! I can’t believe that work, thanks a deal!!

  40. Stu on May 20th, 2008

    “10 Unusual Uses for Beer: marinate *meet* in it” No, please no!!
    It’s “meat,” not “meet”. You’re hurting my brain!

  41. Kystar on May 20th, 2008

    Mythbusters on Discovery channel busted the cleaning uses for coke thing quiet a while ago.

  42. Charlie on May 20th, 2008

    Yeah, mythbusters are so accurate.

    I’ve watched the cleaning staff at the Wilmington train station clean their brass railings with soda for decades. Starts out greasy and lightly oxidized, one pass with a cloth wetted by whatever soda the cleaning guy is drinking, and it’s all shiny shiny.

    I have seen this in meatspace many times with my own eyes. But mythbusters’ pseudo-scientific joke of a test regimen disproves reality, of course, everyone in cyberspace knows that!

  43. Christina on May 20th, 2008

    We did a science test in class, and Coke actually cleans and refines dirty pennies.

  44. kim on May 21st, 2008

    Very interesting and creative but just a warning……NEVER put tooth paste on a burn…..no matter how minor it may be! It will irritate the skin and cause even more pain. As for rashes use calamine lotion! Trust a first aider.

  45. Milla Valkeasuo on May 22nd, 2008

    I like the Coca Cola one!

  46. Dekut.com on May 24th, 2008

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  47. EEP on May 28th, 2008

    Fantastic

  48. seba on June 4th, 2008

    muchos de los usos de la coca cola mostrados, los cazadores de mitos o mythbusters dieron por falsos….

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  50. Sherrylove.net on June 10th, 2008

    I really didn’t know that Coke can be used to clean toilet and as hair mousse. I don’t know can this work? I am imagine if you clean the toilet with Coke, you will wake up at a colony of ant in the bathroom. Now about the mousse hair, please anyone try this and tell me if it works. I would think that coke would make the hair stickier instead of smoother.

  51. Karis on June 15th, 2008

    “I’ve watched the cleaning staff at the Wilmington train station clean their brass railings with soda for decades. Starts out greasy and lightly oxidized, one pass with a cloth wetted by whatever soda the cleaning guy is drinking, and it’s all shiny shiny.”

    Are you sure the railing wasn’t just dirty? Coke could clean off dirt and a little oil just fine and that’s most likely the worst thing on those railings unless they rarely clean them.

  52. Donni on June 15th, 2008

    dangg if coca cola can remove rust off ur car, IMAGINE wat it does to ur INSIDES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. wilson on June 15th, 2008

    try putting vinegar on sun burns it helps and doesnt sting at all unless you have little cuts on your fingers

  54. awesome on June 16th, 2008

    hair makes soy sauce????? thats like the most disgusting thing i’ve ever heard of. add uses for chuck norris and you’ll go up to infinitie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. poopingchicken on June 16th, 2008

    my dad puts tea bags in lyke this 100 yr old plant he has…says it helps em grow? O-o

  56. aj on June 16th, 2008

    how did you guys forget packing a bowl for a paper clip?

  57. Just Staci on June 16th, 2008

    White paste toothpaste can be used to erase scratched or skipping cd’s.Just put a little dab of the plain,old-fashioned type toothpaste on your finger,and gently rub on the scratched surface of cd.Then rinse off will cool water,and dry with soft cloth.The scratch will no longer skip.

  58. Bobby on June 18th, 2008

    Tips From A Grandma:

    White toothpaste can be used on white walls to patch small holes.
    *Flat* Coke or Coke syrup (at drugstore) is used for nausea
    Put copper coins (like pennies) on bee & wasp stings.
    Hair gel will fix scratches on CD/DVD discs better than commercial fixes.
    Tea makes a great dye for craft papers.
    Weak dish soap & water cleans house plants and keeps pests off them.
    Uses for wax paper:
    *use instead of cling wrap for microwaving; no harmful chemicals!
    *rub on metal shower or closet rod to help hangers slide easily
    *rub on playground slide for smooth, fast ride
    *rub on retractable car antenna to keep it working smoothly
    *pour salt onto wax paper, rub iron over salt to clean your iron
    *put cake decorations on wax paper, then freeze a few minutes;
    your decorations will slide off the paper and onto the cake
    *make wax paper ‘envelope’ for sandwiches; it’s cheaper, moisture
    resistant and odor resistant. To make, use square of wax paper,
    place sandwich slightly lower than center. Fold up bottom, then
    sides. Fold down top and tuck into place.

    also .. If it moves and it shouldn’t .. duct tape! If it doesn’t move and it should … WD-40! (no harmful chemicals in WD-40, either .. plus it is a great way to remove adhesive from labels, bumper stickers etc)

  59. Autumn. on June 22nd, 2008

    With stamps being 40-some cents a piece, and i’m fairly certain as soon as you got your hands wet they’d start to peel.

    Why don’t you just go buy the glue on kind for five dollars. They make designed ones and such now.

  60. mai on June 22nd, 2008

    haha…LOL…everyone’s comments are REALLY funny!

  61. Elton(From Brazil) on June 23rd, 2008

    I love coke, but now I know it has got hundreds of different ways that I didn’t know. Thanks a bunch guys.

  62. hippychick on July 4th, 2008

    If coca-cola can do all that to paint etc , then what the **** does it do to your teeth? (Personally I hate the stuff)

  63. Madz on July 7th, 2008

    Coke can clean the loo?!
    Just think what it’s doing to your insides.

  64. Erica on July 8th, 2008

    WOW! These ideas are truly amazing! However, I was left with one question. What inspired the first person to use these items for these purposes? The world may never know.

  65. mimz on October 20th, 2008

    The idea for the home made tea bag, I would take a coffee filter and cut it to desired shape and size and fill it with tea and staple. I think tissue paper would not hold up as well as a regular tea bag. Although it may take a bit longer to steep it won\’t risk the tea coming loose.

    As for the stamps for nail art. .Some one posted that it would not stay on after it got in water. Not if you apply several coats of good top coat nail polish. Of course not as good as a normal paint nail art I suppose, but very unique.

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  67. Jaime on December 12th, 2008

    On the Coca-Cola; I’ve seen firsthand the uses as a cleaner- it really does work. Also, one summer me and the guys were shooting the breeze by his car on our just freshly paved street… one of us had a can of Coke that a bee got into… he got PO’d and poured it all out onto the week-old asphalt. I remember hearing about Coke’s acidic properties so just for fun I made a note of the spot he poured it onto… I followed up a couple of months later in the fall and sure enough, there was a small pothole in that exact spot. This was before the first snowfall and therefore before the first winter salting that street was exposed to, which usually causes the potholes around here (Chicago).
    On the subject, my Dad swears this is true; he told me in Mexico he watched someone use Coke as an emergency fire extinguisher… he tells me they just shook the bottle up and let it rip- not a big fire, but it put it out nonetheless and worked in a jam… like I said, he’s swears by it and I believe him.
    As for the flatulance, it sounds ironic, but citric acid has a way of lowering the acid levels in the stomach, which could explain the lessened gas… I’ve read on other blogs beans cooked in Coke reduces the gasiness people experience when eating the beans.
    Lastly, about the teabag for the pulled tooth… a family I knew once told me of the way they treated toothaches back in the old country (rural Mexico), was to take a good pinch of a certain special herb that you’re not supposed to be able to get but is available nonetheless if you know the right people, and to put that pinch of said special herb on the gum next to the afflicted tooth… let it work and toothache’s gone…

  68. Jaime on December 12th, 2008

    toothache will be gone just in time to chomp on some Doritos that are suddenly being craved in a big way or some other munchables

  69. Andri Kyrychok on December 16th, 2008

    Great ideas and uses.

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