“Disposable” Household Products You Should Reuse Again (& Again)

updated Feb 24, 2019
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Disposable products may be cheap and convenient, but there’s a cost associated with throwing out all that material. Many items have alternate uses and longer lives than just the one use their makers intended. Instead of throwing them away, get the most you can out of the following six things.

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  • Aluminum Foil: After using tin foil to cover the casserole, save it and use it again around the house. Alternate uses range from getting rid of rust to homemade funnels. For more ideas, read 9 Other Ways to Use Aluminum Foil Around the House.
  • Water Filters: Filtered water is less waste than bottled water, and a fraction of the cost. You can extend the life of your Brita even longer by refilling the filter with some basic ingredients. To learn the process, head over to How To Refill a “Disposable” Brita Filter.
  • Dryer Sheets: If you use dryer sheets to reduce static and soften you laundry, you can get a little more use out of used ones after a load. For the full list, read 20 Household Uses for Used (Yes, Used) Dryer Sheets.
  • Razors: Good for more than just stubble, disposable razors can also be used to remove pills from sweaters. Give them a good shave and get your clothing looking better than before. Also, read this good tip on how to increase the life of disposable razors over at Today I Found Out.
  • Chopsticks: If I could ever remember to tell my local Vietnamese restaurant to not throw chopsticks in the to go bag, I’d be a happier person. Instead, I have a pile of them in a drawer, and always look for ways to use them up. This article on 10 Ways to Reuse Chopsticks helps.
  • Coffee Filters: Before you throw out your used filter, use it (and the grounds) in the base of a flower pot. It will act as fertilizer of sorts, and also prevent soil from leaking through the drain holes and making a mess. For more, see 7 Household Uses for Coffee Grounds.

What other items do you use more than once?

– Re-edited from a post originally published 9.9.2014 – CM