How to reuse 'throwaway' household items
Find out what you can do with candle jars, egg boxes, old spray bottles and unwanted clothes
In these lean times, many of us are looking save money and get creative by repurposing items you would typically throw away. And of course, reducing consumption by reusing items rather than throwing them away whenever possible is one of the most simple and effective ways for individuals to reduce their impact on the planet.
Interested? Try out some of these resourceful ideas…
Candle jars are an easily reusable item. Clean out the leftover wax with a spoon then place the empty jars upside down on a baking sheet and tray. Place the baking tray and jars in an oven on very low heat until all of the wax has melted. Protecting your hands with a cloth, wipe the remaining wax and soot from the pot. The jars are now good as new – use them as storage jars for makeup brushes or try making your own soy replacement candle. For more jar ideas, why not try turning an old mason jar into a soap dispenser? or transforming empty jam jars into candles?
Old spray bottles for cleaning products and disinfectant are very versatile, just ensure you properly remove and rinse out all traces of the original product before reusing them. Fill the bottles with your own homemade cleaning fluid or simply use the sprays to water your houseplants.
Egg cartons are nifty items that needn’t be thrown away. Instead, use them as small plant pots. Simply fill each well with soil and use the carton as a seedling tray for anything you’re trying to grow. As egg cartons are biodegradable, they can be planted directly into the soil once the seeds sprout, too!
Upcycle damaged, unwearable clothes by cutting the fabric into rags to use for both indoor and outdoor cleaning. Or you could use patches of fabric, such as denim, to repair holes and tears for an updated item of clothing.
Inspired? Check out our upcycling ideas for how-to guides to help you repurpose chairs, chests of drawers, lampshades and much more!