There are several items we throw away routinely and can be used again to save MONEY and be useful! This article will focus on coffee grounds, tin foil and dryer sheets.

Do you throw away your coffee grounds every day? Use the grounds in the garden to add nitrogen and nutrients. Throw it straight in or mix with mulch in your tree or garden beds. Grounds can also be used for exfoliating your face, scrubbing pots instead of using steel wool, and in the refrigerator to eliminate odors.

Coffee grounds can ward off weeds, ants, and snails in your landscape areas. Since coffee grounds have nitrogen, mixed in a vase of cut flowers, the arrangement can last longer.

Odors can be neutralized away from garlic and onion scents on hands or on cutting boards with coffee grounds. Those pesky roaches can be taken care of organically by adding a strip of sticky tape with grounds. Creative idea! Do your dogs get fleas in the summertime? Coffee grounds sprinkled onto their fur (outside) can rid fleas without chemicals. Rinse off fur after mixing grounds thoroughly into their hair.

Exfoliate naturally on your face!

Now let’s talk about aluminum foil and the many uses! You might have thought tin foil was just good for lining pans in the oven, but there are many more uses! Brown sugar will harden when not used regularly. Soften the brown sugar by wrapping in foil and putting in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. And when baking cookies and cakes, did you know frosting can be used to decorate icing from a piped tin foil bag?

Silver can be cleaned by lining tin foil in a pan, lay your silverware on the foil with 2 tsp. of salt, 2 tsp of baking powder, and several cups of hot water. Let soak for 10 minutes and see the shine.

Aluminum foil is a fabulous abrasive to remove food from the grill and to clean tough food items from cast iron pans. Scissors are sharpened by cutting several pieces of foil repeatedly. Need a quick funnel for an oil change or to add liquid to a bottle? Make a funnel with foil! Although many don’t iron anymore, it’s important to keep the face of the iron clean before using on fabric. Running a piece of tin foil over the plate while hot will clean it, but be careful!

Old favorite uses of aluminum foil include lining a bowl with foil, adding hot water to fill and a tablespoon of laundry detergent to clean jewelry, useful in lining pans for baking, and covering food to keep warm. Did you know you can make your own fishing lure by adhering to a hook? Try it! Fish like shiny objects!

Dryer sheets are another item you can reuse for cleaning baseboards, dusting, cleaning/buffing faucets, and removing pet hair from furniture. There are many other uses for these inexpensive sheets instead of throwing away after your load is done in the dryer. Try putting a few on the back of a box fan to eliminate a smelly (kids) room. Use a dryer sheet to clean your windshield and bumper of your vehicle after a good wash, including after love bug season! Leave a few sheets in the car to maintain the fresh clean smell.

Use dryer sheets around the house to clean toilets, remove scum from shower doors, remove glass smudges, and clean blinds, ceiling fans, and even pots and pans. The dry sheet will eliminate using chemicals to clean. Even the dogs can we wiped down with a dryer sheet to add a fresh smell.

Save the coffee grounds, foil pieces, and dryer sheets instead of throwing them away!

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