Reuse Your Kitchen: Give Common Items a Second Life
Reuse Your Kitchen: Give Common Items a Second Life!! One of the biggest producers of waste in any given household is the kitchen. You’ve got plastic bags, egg cartons, jars/containers, compost and various kinds of other waste. Most households just waste all of these items, resulting in wasted money as well as damage to the environment.
Instead, you can reuse a lot of the common items in your kitchen. Here’s how.
People often throw away old scissors. After all, they’re quite difficult to sharpen. Most knife sharpeners are just too big to use on a pair of scissors.
Here’s a tip: use sandpaper instead. Using sandpaper, you can easily sand the edge of your scissors until they’re sharp again.
Just spend ten minutes sanding as you’re watching TV or listening to some music. They’ll be good as new.
Various Jars and Bottles
Instead of throwing out your jars, come up with creative uses for them.
For example, you can use them to store common types of stationery. Small jars can be used to store paperclips or thumbtacks. Larger jars can be used to hold pens and pencils.
Used bottles can also be put to great use. For example, used ketchup bottles can be used as bottles for your homemade salad dressings.
Used Egg Cartons
Don’t throw out your egg cartons! The average family easily goes through several egg cartons every week. Don’t waste this material!
Perhaps the best use for old egg cartons is packing material. They’re extremely light, but they take up space when crumpled and absorb shock very well. Store Christmas ornaments in them, donate them to local schools, or local people that have chickens. We have several stores and farmers in the area that will lower their price if you bring them egg cartons back in.
Just shred up your egg cartons and use them as packing material, instead of buying bubble wrap.
What are you doing with your food waste? Instead of throwing it away, consider using it for compost.
It’s very simple: just put all your compostable foods in one basket. That means any fruit peels, veggie peels and some leftover foods (not bones).
When it gets full, just dump out the basket into an empty patch of your garden. The compost will break down in the soil, giving you a very mineral rich environment to plant new plants.
Old Cereal Boxes
This is a very creative and easy way to make use of old cereal boxes.
Take a pair of scissors and cut the cereal box diagonally. Now you have a magazine holder! You can also use it to store tall books or anything else that stands up vertically. Cover it with wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper to make it pretty!!
Foil and Wrapping
Foil and wrapping can both be reused in their original form. Just be a little more careful when you’re unwrapping and you can often just reuse the same piece of material.
There are a lot of ways you can reuse in your kitchen. When in doubt, ask yourself: Is there a way I can reuse this? What do you reuse in your household?