10 May 2012

25 beauty tips reusing household items

I always love finding new ways to use old things for practical use so when I found an article on Elle website I couldn't believe my luck. The article went through ways to use household things for things you may not have otherwise thought to have. I have already used some of their ideas (including the button idea and the dryer sheets that you will see below) so I knew someone else out there might benefit from these handy hints also.

Extraordinary use of household items

1. Old Buttons
Repurpose spare buttons by using them to keep pairs of earrings together: Most buttons have at least two holes in them, so simply place an earring in each opening to neatly store when not wearing.

2. Dryer Sheets
No time for a shampoo? Rub a dryer sheet on your hair to tame flyaways and make your hair smell shower fresh.  

3. Flat Iron
A hair straightener works great for ironing between buttons on your shirt, where a regular iron doesn’t fit. You can also use it for minor wrinkles on your blouse when you’re in a hurry.

4. Vinegar
Considered a natural bleach and powerful cleanser, vinegar (just a dab) can reduce the blueness of bruise. This kitchen staple can also be used in your bubble bath to help prevent yeast infections. Tip: Try apple-cider vinegar for a less pungent smell.

5. Yogurt
If you burn your forehead using a curling iron, slather plain yogurt on the wound—the coolness will help with swelling and the yogurt will reduce redness and speed the healing process.

 6. Toothpaste
Have yellow nails? Scrub them with toothpaste to remove stains and add shine. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice for extra whitening; it’s a natural bleaching agent.

7. Clear Tape
Remove dry skin from lips by pressing the sticky side of tape to your pucker, or see what a nail polish color will look like without the mess by placing a small piece on your nail and doing a quick test.


  1. Great tips :) I like ironing with a normal iron. Especially shirts which is usually every girl´s nightmare. I´d never think that you can do it even with flat iron ;)
    xoxo Eve.h

  2. Wow I seriously have not heard of most of these before! I'm definitely going to try out the last one, removing nail polish is suchhhh a pain

  3. Lurv this post, some really useful tips, most of them I had no idea about before. I think multi-tasking items are great!

  4. Love them! I'm a massive fan of dry shampoo, when I run out I feel like my life is over haha. I've never seen dry sheets though? Might have to give them a try!

  5. Amazing tips, using the flat iron for ironing between buttons-very smart!!!!!

  6. Amazing post. Dyer sheets on my hair? Yes, please!!! I love information like this. THANK YOU!

    xo everything-pretty.com

  7. Some pretty handy tips you got there, especially the toothpaste for the nails :) xoxo

  8. These are some really great tips! I have to try the toothpaste for my yellow nails!


  9. these are absolutely genius!! I fell really hard this weekend and have a huge bright blue bruise on my knee... i'm trying the vinegar trick now!!!

  10. Love the idea with the buttons - never thought of that before! So clever! xo


  11. what great tips - def. learned something from this post!


  12. such a creative post! i just read about 5 ways to use buttons in a magazine, it was so helpful!

  13. This is such a great post! I've been having a horrible time with chapped lips(and come on, it's not even that cold out!?) so I will definitely be giving the tape a try.


  14. These are so handy ... I would feel all Martha Stewart-esque when I applied them! Hope you have a lovely weekend... Maybe walk along a Perth beach for me?

  15. Hi Anna,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. Yes looks like we are both travel enthusiasts. In China - my girlfriend and I spent 2 weeks there, but only posted about the first two cities for now (Shanghai and Suzhou). Will post about Hangzhou and Mount Putuo soon. Internationally we try to travel at least twice a year. Wish it was more frequent, but have only so many vacation days =) How about you? Lets follow each other.

    Btw I really liked your older post on what children say about love and marriage. Very cute.



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