From coffee grinds to vinegar, rethink everything you know about the kitchen staples in your cabinet with these 220 "other uses."
We all feel a little smarter when we remember that one weird tip for solving an every day problem. For me, the moment happened when a guest knocked over a bloody mary cocktail onto my new rug. Instead of panicking, I just got up and found a container of baby powder. After scraping up the bloody mary cocktail carnage, I sprinkled the stain with baby powder, let it dry and vacuumed the whole mess up. The carpet carries no trace of this event ever happening.
Where the tip came from, I have no idea. I assume it lodged itself into my subconscious after glancing at an article somewhere. But wherever it came from, I'm thankful. I'd like to return the favor to the internet with a few of my favorite other uses
tips-lists (try saying that 5 times fast). We'll kick off the first of these mega-lists with the kitchen cabinet, a place that has tons of everyday items with tons of alternate uses. Ready? Let's go.
25 Other Uses For...Olive Oil
My favorite: Using a dab of olive oil to un-stick a zipper. Here's 24 more via Curbly
11 Other Uses For...Salt
My favorite: Use salt to clean up that egg you've accidentally dropped onto the floor. Here's 10 more other uses
21 Other Uses For...Coffee Grounds
My favorite: Using coffee grounds as an exfoliant. (But I have to warn you that it can sting, so those with sensitive skin should skip that use.) Here's 20 more other uses
9 Other Uses For...Cornstarch
My favorite: Homemade spray starch. Just mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a pint of water and spray the wrinkled clothing in question. Here's 8 more other uses
35 Other Uses For...Vinegar
For these tips, use plain white vinegar...not your fancy stuff. Photo: Sheila Ryan, flickr
My favorite: Soaking a shower head in white vinegar to remove limescale build-up. Here are 34 other uses
15 Other Uses For....Tea
My favorite: Applying tea to razor burned skin to take the sting away. Here are 14 more other uses
10 Other Uses For...Coffee Filters
My favorite (other than these gorgeous roses made from coffee filters): Lining a pot with a coffee filter before filling with soil, to prevent excess dirt from coming out of the drainage hole. Here are 9 more other uses
18 Other Uses For...Cooking Spray
My favorite: Keep grass from sticking to lawnmower blades by spritzing them beforehand with cooking spray. Here are 17 more other uses
6 Other Uses For...Ketchup
My favorite: Shining up tarnished metal. Just wipe the metal in question with ketchup, then buff off for a shiny finish. Here are 5 more other uses
70 Other Uses For...Baking Soda
My favorite: Brightening car headlights. Simply apply baking soda to a sponge, then use to scour off dirt. Here are 69 more other uses
Do you have a favorite other use for something in your kitchen cabinet? Let us know in the comments.