Saving a little money is always a good thing.  And whether you’re an active recycler or just a crafty do-it-yourselfer who is on the lookout for new tips and tricks, we wanted to share some additional uses for common household items that can help you save some cash.

Bookmark this page, or take good notes because you’ll want to remember these tips.  Read on to see our 8 new creative uses for everyday household items.


1. WD-40

If your kids get a little carried away with their coloring, it’s good to remember that WD-40 can remove crayon from your walls.  However, don’t forget to wipe down the surface with a soapy rag when you’re done to remove the excess oil.


2. Bananas

Forget about buying silverware cleaner, enjoy a banana and use the inside of the peel to clean your silver.  The snack will give you some energy, and the peel will have your silverware shining like new.  It’s win-win!


3. Kitty Litter

A wet cellphone can mean disaster – but not if you have some kitty litter laying around.  Dry out your phone by turning it off, removing the battery and SIM card, and putting it inside a sock.  Tie the sock closed, and put it in a container filled with kitty litter.  After a few days, check to see if there’s any moisture left on the screen.  If there is, wait another couple of days and check again.  If there’s no sign of moisture, see if you can get your phone to turn on.


4. Baking Soda

Before you spend a lot of money on a jug of Drain-o to unclog your sink, try using baking soda and vinegar instead.  First, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain.  Add some white vinegar and let it sit for about 5-minutes before letting hot water run from the tap.  You’ll likely be pleased with the results.


5. Tea Bags

Tea bags can help to remove odor – and get rid of warts!  Put a few tea bags in a jar and place them in your refrigerator to help absorb odors.  Or, use a tea bag to help get rid of warts on your skin.  Simply place a warm, wet tea bag on your wart for about 15-minutes up to 3 times per day.  The tannic acid inside of the tea leaves will work to clear up your skin.


6. Baby Wipes

These wipes are perfect for cleaning your actual baby, as well the smartphone and other gadgets we often treat like our babies.  Plus, they’re less expensive than the pricey electronics cleaners on the market today.


7. Cinnamon

Sure, most humans think cinnamon is delicious, but ants don’t feel the same way.  Sprinkle some of the spice by doorways, or other areas where you worry ants are entering your home.  Cinnamon is a natural ant repellent, and can be used in place of expensive pesticides to keep them at bay.


8. Toothpaste

Toothpaste won’t just clean your teeth – it can clean sink fixtures, too.  But that’s not all!  If you’ve been chopping anything with a strong scent – like onions or garlic – toothpaste can be used to eliminate odors from your hands.