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How to Restore Old Items

Give 14 Everyday Items a Second Life With These Simple Tricks

Put down your wallet. There's no need to run to the drug store to pick up a new nail polish or replace those flowers you just bought. With these simple solutions, you can have everyday household items looking new again. It's good for the environment and your budget!

  1. Scratched Wood: Simply mix together used coffee grounds, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1/4 cup vinegar to create a helpful stain that naturally fixes scuffs. Shake up the mixture, and let it steep for at least an hour before using. Then rub it into scratches, applying as often as needed.
Source: Sarah Lipoff

  1. Hydrangeas: Cut the stems, and put them in boiling water right away. It will bring the dead flowers back to life in about 30 minutes.
  2. Clumpy Nail Polish: Add a bit of nail polish remover to save that clumpy old nail polish.
  3. Plastic Shower Curtain: Easily wash your curtains in cold water with help from your washing machine.
  4. Dry Eyeliner: Add eye drops to your dried-out gel eyeliner to revive it instantly.
  5. Yoga Mats: A DIY mat spray made of tea tree and lavender oils will get rid of germs and bad smells.
Source: Leta Shy

  1. Cast-Iron Skillet: Get rid of rust or black crud by reseasoning your pan. You'll just need some oil and an oven.
  2. Dried-Out Permanent Marker: Just dip the tip in a cap filled with rubbing alcohol. Leave it in there until you see some ink come out.
  3. Broken Eyeshadow: Dab some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel, then place it on top of the eyeshadow. Grab a quarter, and press it down on the paper towel. Then just let it dry.
  4. Hair Ties: Throw your rubber bands in the dishwasher to get rid of buildup.
  5. Hairbrush: You can also put your brush in the dishwasher to get rid of bacteria and general grossness.
  6. Shower Hardware: All you need is baking soda and a plastic bag.
Source: Sarah Lipoff

  1. Orchids: In five easy steps you can save an orchid: rehydrate, repot, fertilize, remove dead leaves, and provide appropriate lighting.
  2. Dingy Pillows: Naturally whitening your pillows costs much less than picking up a new set. You just need hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, detergent, and a laundry booster.
Source: Sarah Lipoff; Front page image source: Shutterstock

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