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.​​​​

Old Baking Soda

baking soda mixture in a bowl
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Use old boxes of baking soda to make homemade cleaners with loads of scrubbing power. Learn how with these​ ​​baking soda cleaner recipes.

Soap Slivers

Homemade Soap
Homemade Soap. © Flickr user kahvikisu

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.

Mesh Produce Bags

Fresh Produce. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Save the mesh bags that oranges, onions, potatoes and other produce come in. Then, use them as pot scrubbers when you're washing dishes.

Newspaper Sleeves

Uses for Newspaper Sleeves. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

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.

Old Spices

Homemade Spices
Homemade Spices. Helaine Weide/Moment/Getty Images

Simmer a pot of old herbs to freshen your house or use them to fragrance your homemade cleaners.

Crystallized Honey

Honey. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

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.

Old Clothing

Used Clothes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Cut up old clothing, and use the fabric and buttons in your craft projects.

Extra Ice Cube Trays

Ice cube trays
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Use extra ice cube trays to freeze leftover broth, store homemade baby food, or to organize your jewelry collection.

Dinner Scraps

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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.

Burned Candles

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Save the wax from your spent candles, and melt it down to create new candles:

Fabric Scraps

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Gather all those fabric scraps that seem too small to use, and fashion them into a colorful rag wreath:

Promotional T-Shirts

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Turn a stash of free t-shirts into a collection of reusable grocery totes:

Broken Crayons

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Meltdown broken crayon pieces, and use them to create new, chunky rainbow-colored crayons. Learn  how to recycle old crayons into new crayons.