100 Green Uses for Common, Everyday Products


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The average household has products for just about every condition or problem known to man or woman. A crème for pimples, a syrup for coughs, a capsule for headaches, a liquid for bugs. It has got to the point where folks need to buy a bigger home just to fit all this stuff in. Wouldn't it be nice if some of these products had multiple uses, thereby reducing the amount of packaging and waste necessary?

Well, thanks to a few curious folks who have considered the potential of various products having solutions for a variety of situations, we now know that many products are capable of uses beyond their scope of advertised description. I cannot vouch for every single one of these, but I have tried enough of them to realize they certainly do have potential. However, as most anything else of this nature, these are just suggestions from folks who have had some success, so try at your own risk.

Introducing 100 green uses for common, everyday products...

Bathroom and Bedroom Products




  • Stay-Free Maxi Pads- Make great elbow and knee pads in a pinch. Can also be used as slippers!

  • Old Buttons- Help keep earrings paired up together.

  • Used Pantyhose- great as ties for trees and vegetable gardens.

  • Matchbook Cover- File a fingernail in a pinch.

  • Lint Roller- Handy lampshade duster.

  • Altoids Peppermints- Clears a stuffy nose.

  • Alka Seltzer (2 tablets)- Helps the body fight urinary tract infections and cleans toilet sludge.

  • Aspirin- Keeps flowers fresh, removes warts, and can recharge a low battery simply by dissolving two tablets with the water inside the battery. Recharges battery because the acetylsalicylic acid of the aspirin combined with the battery's sulfuric acid, produces an electric charge (only works once though).



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  • Listerine Mouth Wash- Kills toe fungal infections and disinfects open sores.

  • Alberto V05 Conditioner- Protects silver from tarnishing.

  • Colgate Toothpaste- Makes a great salve for burns and removes light scratches from a CD.

  • Nail Polish- can stop a windshield crack from spreading.

  • Coppertone Sunscreen- Great as a wood polish.

  • Ceramic Tiles- Make excellent stove top spoon rests.

  • Hand lotion- makes a nifty shaving lotion in a pinch.

  • Dental Floss- Can be used as thread to repair clothing in a pinch, removes an unwanted emblem quickly from a vehicle by cutting between the adhesion tape, and cuts through a loaf of bread better than most bread knives can.


Laundry and Utility Products




  • Elmer's Glue- Removes stubborn splinters in your finger. Pour a few drops, let dry, and peel off. Also makes a pretty decent facial mask (pulls off dead skin and black heads).



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  • Crazy Glue- Effective way to seal a paper cut on the skin.

  • Newspaper- A nifty gift wrapping, helps ripen tomatoes, and makes a great streak-free towel for cleaning glass.

  • Used Corks- Use as a trivet and also great on a key chain for water lovers, to keep keys from sinking if they fall in the lake or swimming pool.

  • Old Bicycle Wheel- Makes a great gardening trellis.

  • Organic, Powdered Laundry Detergent- Kills moss when sprinkled on a roof top.

  • Formula 409 Multi-purpose Cleaner- Insect killer.

  • Chalk- Removes oily stains from clothing and keeps ants away.

  • Wax Paper- Use between pages of a wet book to keep pages from sticking together.
  • Dryer Sheets- Use on a wet dog to rid the "wet dog" smell, deodorizes smelly shoes, repels mosquitoes, and removes dust/static from mini-blinds.



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