01Old Baking Soda
Use old boxes of baking soda to make homemade cleaners with loads of scrubbing power. Learn how with these baking soda cleaner recipes.
Round up all of your soap slivers. Then, melt them in the microwave, and form them into a new bar of soap.
Tip: Use a coffee mug as a soap mold, and you'll end up with a fancy, round bar.
03Mesh Produce Bags
Save the mesh bags that oranges, onions, potatoes and other produce come in. Then, use them as pot scrubbers when you're washing dishes.
Use newspaper sleeves as disposable work gloves, pooper scooper bags or as yarn for your next crochet project. Discover more uses for plastic bags and newspaper sleeves.
Simmer a pot of old herbs to freshen your house or use them to fragrance your homemade cleaners.
Over time, honey tends to get thick and cloudy, but that doesn't mean that you need to toss it. Learn how to restore honey to its original consistency, and enjoy every bit of what you paid for.
08Extra Ice Cube Trays
Use extra ice cube trays to freeze leftover broth, store homemade baby food, or to organize your jewelry collection.
Start a container in your freezer for meal scraps—a couple bites of meat, a few spoonfuls of vegetables. Then, cook up a big pot of soup every time you fill it to the top.
Gather all those fabric scraps that seem too small to use, and fashion them into a colorful rag wreath:
Turn a stash of free t-shirts into a collection of reusable grocery totes:
Meltdown broken crayon pieces, and use them to create new, chunky rainbow-colored crayons. Learn how to recycle old crayons into new crayons.
Things to Reuse Instead of Throwing Out
Useful Things You've Been Throwing Away
Turn a creative eye on the things that you're used to throwing away, and you may just discover that they're worth hanging onto.