15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2009

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like one of these things.
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15 Alternative Uses for Lemons

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2008

When life gives you lemons, make....acne remover????? Apparently so. But if acne isn't a problem for you, maybe one of the other 14 alternative uses for lemons might be useful.

1. Fingernail Cleaner

2. Acne Remover

3. Guitar Cleaner

4. Sore Throat Treatment

5. Food Preservative

6. Antibacterial Soap

7. Natural Insecticide

8. Stain Remover

9. Cheese Grater Cleaner

10. Metal Shining Solution

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Make a Three-Tiered Plant Stand from a Recycled Tomato Cage.

By: Chrisjob May 12, 2008

Instructable-user CarlSandra2005 came up with this clever alternative use for a tomato cage: a tri-level plant stand. And since this only cost, what 25-cents, and you probably have at least three or four unused ones lying about, you could do them in multiples for a Jetsons-like effect. Simply use pliers to shape your cage appropriately, spraypaint a color of your choice, then fill. The only difficult part may be to find containers that willContinue Reading

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How to Make Crafty Fridge Magnets.

By: Chrisjob Dec 30, 2007
"Food comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and packages. Your kitchen cabinets, pantry drawers, and refrigerator shelves are already filled with marvelous little boxes and baggies of goodies. Some of these are cultural icons, others are silly modern wonders of neo-retro design.

You may even have your own little collection of interesting little containers in the form of left-over little boxes of candy from Halloween. What can you do with allContinue Reading

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Top 15 Alternative Uses for Ice Cubes

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2007

This time of year, ice becomes troublesome. Around here, it’s everywhere. Roads, roofs, sidewalks. A certain hatred develops. What’s it good for, really, besides keeping my drink cold? And who wants a cold drink when it’s 8 degrees outside, anyway? Do I even NEED ice cubes in my refrigerator's feezer for the next three months? Apparently so, if I’m to attempt any of these alternative uses for the frozen blocks.

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10 Homemade Air Fresheners

By: Chrisjob Oct 08, 2007

Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum's bag before sweeping your carpet.

Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.

Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you're away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odorsContinue Reading

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Top 10 Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

By: Diy maven Jun 22, 2007

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1. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells.

2. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

3. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds aroundContinue Reading

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25 Alternative Uses for Olive Oil

By: Chrisjob Jun 13, 2007

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Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.   

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25 Alternative Uses for Fabric-Softener Dryer Sheets

By: Chrisjob May 17, 2007

created at: 03/28/2013

1. Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding. Also works for sawdust and drywall compound.

2. Keep bugs away: Tuck some in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture to repel bees from your juicy flesh and encourage them back to the flowers, where they belong. You can also rub a sheet directly on your bare skin toContinue Reading

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