(WTNH) - Organizing expert Lisa Lelas, owner of Life Styling in Guilford,shows us how to find alternate ways to use products ahead of EarthDay. Lisa says repurposing items is one small way to help the Earthstay environmentally cleaner.
Here are Lisa's tips:
Clean lawn furniture (dipped with wet sponge), use as plant foodfor all alkaline loving house plants (1 tbsp in 2 quarts water),sprinkle on walkways to keep weeds from growing in cracks.
Because of it's strength, use floss to hang pictures (instead ofstring or wire), secure buttons on more strongly (especiallyjackets, coats and heavy shirts), slice cakes and cheese blockswith a taut piece of floss.
Aluminum pie pans
Use as craft trays for messy kids projects, poke holes in onefor an instant colander.
Line paint roller pans so you can re-use it often, wrappaintbrushes in it to keep it wet, polish metal chrome to keep itshiny & rust free.
A tennis ball
Fluff down-filled clothes & comforters by throwing a coupleinto the dryer, cover your trailer hitch to keep rust away, float afew tennis balls in your pool to absorb body oils from swimmers,bike kickstand protector to keep it from sinking into soft grass,sand or mud, store your valuables in one for your gym bag (slit topwith an 'X" and insert keys or cash), parking marker in your garage(dispend on string from ceiling so your windshield just hitsit).
Erase temporary tattoos from kids arms, remove old bumperstickers on your car (rub on/let it soak in/peel it off!).
Sharpen your pencils in a pinch, peel off a thin layer ofdecorative soaps to re-activate fragrance.
Toothpaste (non-gel version)
The mild abrasion works great for cleaning scuffs from shoes& sneakers, polishing a diamond ring, cleaning piano keys, thebathroom sink, removing crayon from walls.
For washing windows, deodorize luggage & storage containers,Dry wet shoes (stuff with crumpled newspaper to absorbmoisture).
Bake cylinder shaped loaves of bread (use can instead of a loafpan), hold kitchen scraps & peelings while cooking, make a bankfor kids, keep paint brushes soaking (slit lid with a 'X' to insertbrush), use as a basement dehumidifier (fill a can with salt andplace in corner-replace salt monthly), keep toilet tissue tuckedinside while camping, make a bird feeder (hang can sideways from atree limb, filled with seed).
Temporarily hem your pants or skirt, remove lint from clothing,make a bandage in a pinch (fold a tissue over the wound, then coverwith tape), keep a secret car key affixed to the undercarriage ofyour car, repair a vacuum hose crack, reinforce book bindings,tighten shin guards, repair a leaking tent.
A dollar bill
Lingering in most people's wallets, this serves as a quickmeasuring tool. A dollar bill is exactly 6" long and can help youin a pinch when you need to measure something, such as the depth ofa shelf you're thinking of buying at a store.
For more information, visit Lisa'swebsite.
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