Showing our environment a little TLC through recycling and repurposing items we use everyday has been an increasingly popular trend over the past couple of years. So many people have discovered creative ways to lessen their impact and become more environmentally friendly, whether it be recycling hotel soap, rebatiching it (a process that converts old soap into fresh soap), and shipping it to countries who need help with hygiene to create a healthier life, or taking on the DIY project to turn household paper items into woven baskets or rugs. The Jamison & Company team believes that caring for our wonderful world is extremely important, and here are a few ways you can lend a helping hand in your own home while saving a few bucks in the process.
Glass and metal jars are easy to recycle but are fantastic to repurpose for those bulky pantry items like pasta, beans, rice, cereal, etc. Jars are also great for bathroom organization- q-tips, cotton balls, make-up brushes, and lipsticks, as well as helpful when cleaning up an office space through holding pens, paper clips, and other small office supplies that usually end up tossed about all over your desk.
Have you ever wondered what to do with those gallon milk jugs and plastic soda bottles? Jugs and bottles are perfect for storing homemade, natural household cleaners, but with a little creativity, you can turn them into useful household items like a plastic bottle broom. Those old soda bottles laying around make awesome bird feeders, and what about the takeout containers from that Chinese restaurant down the street (Chin Chin on Howell Mill)? Save them, and use them for leftovers or lunches! Most are sturdy and dishwasher safe.
Old clothes, bedding and towels can have an amazing second life if you know what to do with them. Cut these oldies but goodies up into washable cleaning rags. Turn old t-shirts into gorgeous braided rugs, and if you’ve got mad skills on a sewing machine, you can even turn these items into homemade, reusable dusters.
Everybody loves a to throw a nice smelling dryer sheet in with their clothes- and usually as soon as that load is complete, we toss it. Don’t! They make very effective dust rags, especially for picking up pet hair. These little, aromatic squares are powerful soap scum scrubbers and are great for polishing chrome too. If you really want to show off some serious skills, you could even turn them into a dress. Yes, you heard that right- a dress of dryer sheets!
The bathroom is a great place to find items to repurpose. Old toothbrushes make great scrubbers, especially for grout and underneath fixtures or faucets. Empty toothpaste tubes can be cut and used as funnels or as a frosting tube for icing a cake. Wondering what to do with those empty deodorant containers? Create a DIY deodorant recipe like this one here.
Last but not least, old furniture is great to repurpose and turn into a new creation. You can give old furniture a new life with a little paint or a new fabric. Disassemble broken furniture, and use the wood to create something brand new. Hang old drawers on the wall to create shelves or shadow boxes. Use old wood to build your own bulletin board or chore chart.
With a little bit of creativity, our ecological footprint can be lessened, and we can have a lot of fun doing it! Save a few pennies and repurpose your “trash”! Pinterest is a great place to go for awesome ideas on reusing and repurposing. What clever home items have you repurposed into something new?