Looking for a way to exercise your creative self?
What about a little creative repurposing?
Part of what it means to be frugal is to creatively meet your needs without spending a lot of money.
Repurposing is a win all round: your needs are met. You get to flex your creative muscles and you’re helping keep waste out of landfill.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are just a few ideas on how to turn old stuff into new stuff and give it a second life.
If you’ve noticed that your favorite thing has lost its former gloss, don’t rush to get upset. There are some simple solutions that can help you repair the flaws.
How many old and spoiled things do you regularly throw out without knowing you can actually fix them by yourself? And to do this no special skills or equipment are needed.
China And Porcelain Dish Repair
If you have a set of fine china, chances are you only use it for special occasions, maybe even because it has stains or other discolorations. I’ve had the same set of china for years and clean it regularly to keep those stains away. I also found this neat little hack that will restore old dishes and make them beautiful once again. A couple of laundry products, like Oxy Clean and some peroxide are all you need to remove those stains and lines and give your old china new life. Tutorial/Source: instructables
Effective Grout Cleaner
The grout in your shower or your kitchen backsplash can get really dirty and after a few years of picking up dirt and grease, you may think the best way to restore it is to simply replace it. That’s not necessary true. Before you go off doing something drastic like pulling up your tile and replacing it, try this little cleaning hack. You only need a mixture of baking soda and bleach to remove that dirt and grime and your tiles and grout will look brand new again. Tutorial/Source: practicallyfunctional
Aluminum Patio Furniture Fixer
If your aluminum patio furniture looks a little worse for wear, there’s a great hack that will help you bring it back to its original beauty. Believe it or not, car wax works perfectly for this. Just grab some Turtle Wax – or whatever solid type wax you prefer – and go to town waxing and shining up that furniture. It will look good as new again and you won’t even have to paint it. Tutorial/Source: hip2save
Leather Boot Restoration
Leather boots are not cheap, so when they get dingy or otherwise marred, replacing them is not always an option. Instead of tossing those boots and shopping for new ones, you can easily restore your leather boots to their original shape by cleaning them with petroleum jelly. That’s right, that Vaseline in your bathroom cupboard will perfectly shine that leather and make it look brand new again. Tutorial/Source: glamour
Mayonnaise for woodwork
You can use mayonnaise to fix the white spots, usually left by condensation, on your wood furniture. Rub it on the surface over the stains and wipe with a cloth until the furniture is clean. Mayonnaise can also be used for cracks on wooden products. Fill the crack with it and leave it for a couple of days. Then polish the area with a soft cloth. Tutorial
Toothpaste for glasses
In order to improve eyeglass appearance you can use ordinary toothpaste without granules. Apply it on the glass, spread with a cloth, and then wash away the remains of the paste. You can use this method for Smartphone screens and watches too. In these cases don’t allow water to get inside. Tutorial.
Mustard for copper
You can use ordinary mustard to return the gloss to products made of copper. First, apply it to something like a copper bracelet and leave it on for a few minutes. Then polish and clean it with a damp cloth. Tutorial.
Baby powder for phones
Use baby powder to eliminate scratches on the screen. Make a paste of the powder and water. Apply it to the smartphone screen and rub with a rag. Then remove the remains of the mixture. Minor scratches should disappear. Tutorial.
Nail polish for glass
Wash the glass before using this method. Take a little clear nail polish and apply it on the scratch. Wait about an hour, soak a cotton pad with nail polish remover, and wipe the scratch. This simple method will help you to fix the glass surface. Tutorial.
Onion for cleaning leather
Cut the onion in half and rub the soiled leather surface. Then use a soft cloth to wipe the item. It should become shiny again. Tutorial.
Baby shampoo for eyeglasses
In order to remove minor scratches from eyeglasses, you can use baby shampoo. You need to pour a little shampoo on the lenses and rub it in. Clean the remains with a napkin and it will help your glasses to look like new. Tutorial.
Butter for oil paint
Mix butter and powdered detergent using a 1:1 ratio to remove oil paint stains. Apply this mixture to the stain gently rubbing it in with a toothbrush. Wait for 10-20 minutes and then wash as usual. Tutorial.
Easy DIY Mirror Restore
If you have really old or antique mirrors, this simply is not an option. Instead of tossing that old mirror, you can restore it quickly and easily and give it back that like new look. You just mix up a vinegar solution to clean the cloud from your mirror and then tackle any wood or paint fixes that the frame may need. Tutorial: fabhow
Copper Pot Cleaner
Tool Cleaner And Restore
Your tools can really get greasy and rusty after time, and it’s very important to keep them in good condition. Instead of buying new tools because yours are simply too rusty to use any longer, you can soak them in Coca-Cola or vinegar to remove most of the rust. A little car wax also helps to clean them up and remove grease and grime, not to mention shine them to look like new again. Tutorial/Source: craftsy