What are Some Strange Uses for Everyday Products?

Lip balm may be placed on nails and screws to make them easier to hammer.
Cloves can be used to help repel ants and some other insects.
Cola is said to work as a cleanser.
Honey can be used to condition the hair.
Whipped cream isn't just for pie, as it can also be used as shaving cream.
A tennis ball can be used to self massage.
Orange peels can repel ants.
Baking soda can be used as deodorant.
Adding oat cereal to a bathtub can help relieve the itch of poison ivy or bug bites.
Olive oil can be used as a conditioner.
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Humans have long been known for their creativity, and for their inventiveness in developing strange uses for everyday products in their world. Fans of the TV show MacGyver especially enjoyed the application of MacGyver’s problem solving ability to stop crime with an assortment of common objects. You don’t have to be MacGyver to know that some strange uses for everyday products can simplify your life. While some people want to purchase products specific to a single purpose, it’s often not necessary to double up on purpose-specific things when you may already have something in the home that may work just as well.

For instance, do you really a need a back massager when a racket or tennis ball will give you a great massage? Do you need a stain remover if you have access to club soda and cola, and is it necessary to buy expensive hair conditioners if you’ve got olive oil and honey in the house? There are a number of books devoted to the practical and sometimes strange uses for everyday products. Chief among these is a series of books by writer Joey Green, though it should be noted he’s picking up the ball from columnists like Heloise, who’s been suggesting multiple uses for products for many decades.


Listed below are a few suggestions of strange uses for everyday products. This list is by no means exhaustive:

For more strange uses for everyday products, check out the following books:



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@bythewell - If you feel like getting creative most things can be made at home with common ingredients. I don't think there's anything crazy or strange about that. It's only in the last few decades that we've even had the option to buy things like cleaners from a supermarket, rather than making them in a household.

It's just that most people don't have the time to do this. It's easier to spend a couple more dollars and pick up a product from the supermarket.

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@Fa5t3r - Whenever you check out books on uses for household items baking soda generally has a whole chapter to itself because it can be used for so many things. I don't buy cleaner for my kitchen now, because I just use a recipe I found online where you mix baking soda with lemon peel and water and it works pretty well (and smells nice too).

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The baking soda thing really works, although I wouldn't use it under my arms except in an emergency, as it can be quite itchy, especially for sensitive skin.

When I was first starting out at work I didn't really have all my personal habits sorted out and I would often be embarrassed by how much my walking shoes smelled when I changed them for my work shoes in the back room.

One of my coworkers suggested that I use baking soda and that night I basically poured it into the shoes. I didn't realize that you were supposed to remove it the next morning. I just wore the shoes with the baking soda in them to walk to work.


ended up with big, painful blisters all over my feet. Which was a shame, because the baking soda trick really does work, you just need to get rid of the baking soda by banging your shoes against the ground a few times before you put them back on.

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