New Uses For Old Things Ideas

New Uses For Old Things Ideas

new uses for old things Like many of you, we reuse, recycle, upcycle and re-purpose things at our house.I love discovering new uses for old things. I will share some of my ideas here at Katherines Corner  and those I find elsewhere. You will find all of these and more on my new uses for old things  pinterest board. If you have a new use for old things please let me know and I will happily share you image and link on this page.












A dollar store wash basin filled with ice will keep you meats, cheese, condiments, etc. cool

new uses for old things wash basin for party buffet




Condiment bottle for dish soap

new uses for old things dish soap dispenser

Use a plate stand to hold your tablet or ipad

 new uses for old things tablet stand

New use for empty water bottle use instead of rocks in your planter pots

new use for empty water bottleplastic bottles for drainage in container gardening




New uses for lingerie bags

new use for lingerie bag

New uses for dollar store pencil holder


new use for silverware tray


New uses for holiday food gift basketsnew use for holiday gift basketsNew use for a clothespin, Cooks helper!

old use                                                                          New Use ( source)

aprons on the line Katherines Cornercooks clip

and when the sock monster eats one of your socks, this is a great idea to keep the socks handy until you find the mate.


sock sorter

New uses for old light bulbs hanging vases :-)

Old use                                                           New Use ( source)

new uses for a light bulb new uses for lightbulbs

An old rubber cleaning glove can solve a slipping pedometer and a hard to open jar!

             old use                                                          new use

rubber glovesrubber glove crafts

Clean your coffee grinder with Rice

Clean your glass vase with rice. I’ve shared plenty of rice tricks with you in the past. But did you know if you add ( uncooked) rice to a stained vase and shake and swirl the rice around the stains will come out. I love this trick. It’s so great for those narrow necked vases. Did you also know if you drop a penny and a little pinch of sugar into your vase your fresh cut flowers will last a little longer ( changing water regularly can help too)

how to clean your coffee grinder

 Use an extra large cotton ball to pick up the little slivers when a glass breaks. The cotton fibers will collect the little slivers of glass you can barely see. pick up glass slives with cotton ball

 Poison ivy relief can be found in your kitchen. If you wash the affected area with liquid dish soap (within 2 hours of contact) it may prevent the red itchy rash from getting to awfuldish soap for poison ivy

Crayon marks can be removed by using a clean cloth with some mayonnaise on it. Then rinse with warm water.When your little artist has used your wall as easel. Crayon marks can be removed by using a clean cloth with some mayonnaise on it. Then rinse with warm water.

Old Use                                                                     New Use

new use for mayonnaisecrayons

Spraying the inside of a plastic container with a little nonstick cooking spray can help prevent tomato based sauce stains from discoloring your plastic containers.

non stick sprayCanker sores can get relief from a dab of…milk of magnesia. It doesn’t “heal” it but relieves the discomfort. Dab the canker with a mixture of half and half water and hydrogen peroxide, then dab on the milk of magnesia.

milk of magnesa for canker

I’ve used this one a few times! If you have a splinter You can use some masking tape to help remove it. Tape over the splinter and gently pull the tape and the splinter out.

use Aluminum Foil Instead Of Steel Wool

aluminum foil uses

 Use egg shells in your garden

egg shells in the garden

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  1. Taking some serious notes down here! I’m working with eggshells for compost at the mo so I hope it turns out well!

  2. denisegabbard says:

    Love repurposing all kinds of stuff! I have a Pinterest board filled with them too…and I just followed you so we can swap notes. You and I have quite a bit in common— over 50, snow, and grandkids :) Nice to meet you— found you on SITS! Ciao for now.

  3. Great ideas, Katie! One of the reasons I love to go to Goodwill on a regular basis is to get ideas for how to use old things!!

  4. Wow, so many wonderful tips! Thanks so much for sharing. Just jotted down some new ones : )

  5. Great tips! I need to remember the one about the cotton ball for broken glass… Thank you!

  6. Can I share one? I make No Knead Bread using a cast iron Dutch oven. But the pot makes a shorter loaf (like a sourdough round). So I wad up aluminum foil in a fat hotdog shape, place it to one side, and plop my dough beside it. The loaf turns out tall and perfect for my husband’s sandwiches, and fits in the lunch box.


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