We spend a lot of money on stocking our homes with food, cleaning, and other products. And we want to make sure they’re healthy and good for our families. We also want to make sure we’re saving as much money as we can.
The best way to do that is to try and get multiple uses out of the products that we’re already using. That helps us cut down on additional products that we need to buy. You’d be surprised how much the stuff you already have in your cabinets can do. You might be able to cut your shopping list in half.
Lots of foods and antiseptics in your home can be used as healthy, beauty, and cleaning products. For example, coconut oil can be used in place of coffee creamer and Alka-Seltzer can help unclog a drain. That’s a lot of money back in your pocket!
Here are 20 household items that can improve your health and save you money 50+ ways if you use them tp their full potential:
Borax is a mineral that can do a ton of stuff around your house. It can deter bugs, be used as an air freshener, and can even help soothe skin conditions when put in the bath. Learn more about ways to use borax around the house here.
Lemons are a superfood that can benefit your hair, skin, and nails. It can also be used to clean, get rid of acne, unclog pores, kill a sinus infection, prevent kidney stones and control blood pressure. Learn more about how lemons can be helpful around your home here.
3) Castile Soap
Castile soap is a soap made using vegetable oils that have been around for thousands of years and was created in what is now Spain. The biodegradable and non-toxic soap is a safe and planet-friendly floor cleaner, laundry detergent, and bug deterrent for household plants. Find more everyday uses for castile soap here.
4) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is used for a ridiculous amount of things in the house. In addition to being used in cooking, it’s said to be good for constipation, as a coffee cream replacement, and as a makeup remover. Here are 29 clever uses for coconut oil.
5) Rubbing Alcohol
Most of us have rubbing alcohol in our cabinets. In addition to being used as a disinfectant, you can use rubbing alcohol to get rid of certain bugs, kill foot odor, treat sore muscles, and clean your eyeglasses. You can find even more uses for rubbing alcohol here.
6) White Vinegar
White vinegar is not just for your favorite recipes. It can be used as a household disinfectant, bug repellent, and cutting board cleaner. Learn more surprising uses for vinegar here.
7) Apple Cider Vinegar
You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar by now. Some of your family and friends even drink it for health reasons. Apple cider vinegar is said to be good for gut health and used to cleanse the colon. Some also use it as a facial toner or to treat Athlete’s Foot. You can find more ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home here.
8) Baking Soda
Baking soda can get rid of smells, can help scrub things clean, or relieve an upset stomach. It is also said to be good for removing splinters and ingrown hairs and for whitening teeth. There is so much more that baking soda can do, learn about it here.
Everyone knows that Listerine is good for killing bacteria in your mouth and giving you fresh breath. But it is also said to kill foot fungus, dandruff, and lice. You can also use it as a household cleaner or in the washing machine. You can find more unconventional ways to use Listerine here.
10) Hydrogen Peroxide
When diluted, hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten nails, get rid of ear wax, and remove wine stains. It can also be used to clean stone or glass surfaces, makeup brushes, and bathrooms. You can find even more uses for hydrogen peroxide here.
11) Denture Tablets
Denture tablets make sure that our dentures stay nice and clean. But they can also brighten up laundry and clean toilets and sinks, enamel cookware, and plastic Tupperware. Learn all the ways you can use denture tablets in your home here.
12) Aluminum Foil
Aluminum foil is great for keeping leftovers fresh but there are lots of other things you can do with it. Aluminum foil is said to help heal small burns, boost your WiFi signal, repel bugs in the garden, and remove rust. You can find even more ways to repurpose aluminum foil here.
We all use toothpaste in our house every day, but it’s for more than just teeth. Toothpaste can defog and clean your headlights, clear foggy swimming goggles, dry up a pimple, and remove hair dye stains. Find more everyday ways to use toothpaste here.
WD-40 is great for making squeaky things unsqueaky or stuck things unstuck. But WD-40 can also help get rid of scuff marks, prevent splinters on wooden handles or snow build up on windows, and remove gum. Learn more ways to use WD-40 here.
15) Vicks VapoRub
VapoRub is a godsend when we have a cold. It can help potty train your pets, treat acne, and help you cry on demand. Find more ways to use VapoRub in your home here.
Dish soap is something else that all households have. Your dish soap can double as a window cleaner and defogger, gum remover, and a sidewalk de-icer. You’ll find more ways to put your dish soap to use here.
17) Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly can unchap your lips, but it will also help stubborn windows slide open easier. Petroleum jelly helps perfume last longer, prevents lightbulbs from sticking, and removes candle wax. Learn more uses for petroleum jelly here.
Vodka is great for a good time. But it can also make a great hair and face wash, disinfect garden tools, and ease aches and pains. Find more alternative uses for vodka here.
19) Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets keep our clothes from clinging to us when we wear them. But they can also clean dirty ceiling fan blades, get those dried bugs off your car, and get rid of soap scum and water stains. Learn how to get more use out of your dryer sheets here.
We love Alka-Seltzer for helping our tummies to feel better. They can also be used around our house to unclog a drain, remove stains from coffee mugs, and clean your jewelry. Alka-Seltzer can be used in lots of other ways, learn about them here.