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You may already be familiar with the "10 Uses" column in This Old House magazine. We've previously featured creative reuses for common items like wood ashes, aluminum foil, baking soda, and (of course) magazines.

Got your own clever reuse ideas? Share them here and you could see yourself in the pages of TOH magazine.

tlcjudge
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tlcjudge

We cut up our old clothes (100% cotton) that have acquired holes or unremovable stains and make rags out of them. We use these for cleaning up, wiping, etc., instead of paper towels (which we do not, have not, ever bought). If it is something really yucky to clean up, we can throw the rag away in the trash and we know the cloth will eventually biodegrade. Otherwise, it goes into the washer to be used again and again.

Gwind
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Gwind

Here is an new use for old candles. I use them to lube the wooden slides on an old dresser drawe, slide them on a zipper to make it run smooth, rub a screw to make it drive easier.

Martibee
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Martibee

Cooking oil I've fried foods in;
instead of pouring it in my garbage bag, I combine it with one half cup corn meal and one half cup bread crumbs or leftover
muffins, toast, bagels (any stale bred or bakery items), and
2 cups bird seed. If mixture is to dry add some peanut butter and mix to combine all ingredients. stuff it all into a suet feeder cage and hang outside in an are squirrels can't get at it. Birds will be so happy to get this yummy treat.
They love the fat as well as the other ingredients.
It may help keep a family of birds from starving in the winter months. Just don't add any seasoning or sugar, etc. The birds wont touch it if you do.
I wouldn't ever pour the bacon grease down the drain cuz it would get clogged, but why pour it in a container and put it in dump, when the birds welcome the fat. They need it in winter months to keep them warm, same as we do.

fayew
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fayew
Moderator wrote:

You may already be familiar with the "10 Uses" column in This Old House magazine. We've previously featured creative reuses for common items like wood ashes, aluminum foil, baking soda, and (of course) magazines.

Got your own clever reuse ideas? Share them here and you could see yourself in the pages of TOH magazine.

About 6 years ago I built raised beds for vegetable gardening but living here in the Northwest, I had nothing but problems keeping the slugs and snails off my veggies. Knowing they would not cross copper, I bought rolls of copper plated metal strapping in the plumbinb department at the hardware store. The strapping already had holes all along it's length so I just rolled it out along the top edge of the 2x12's I used for the beds and secured it with wood screws. I made sure to go all the way around each bed and it has worked to keep the "slimies" out. I noticed a couple years ago that you can now buy copper tape specifcally designed for this same purpose but it's very expensive compared to the $3-4 I spent for each 10ft roll of strapping.

memaw1001
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memaw1001

I remodeled my bathroom with outhouses and used an old metal Sears cooler with a lid for the garbage can. Love the lid and placed plastic clips inside to hold up plastic shopping bags that I recycle. Perfect fit.

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