Usually products are designed and created with a specific purpose in mind. They are perfected to deal with a particular issue or they are just commonly used for one thing. If you need your windows cleaned, there’s a specific product for that. You use salt to season your food and usually use bleach to take out stains from white clothing.

But all these products can be used for different intentions. A person whose nickname is secondhandsisters probably had that thought and went to Reddit to ask people “What are some lesser-known secondary uses for an everyday product?” And that created a big and very useful thread with people sharing so many products that don’t have to be used just for what they were initially intended to.

Do you have any advice that really works on how to use everyday items or products? Tell us about it in the comments and then upvote the answers that you will try out yourself!

More info: Reddit

#1

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Condensed milk for those with chronic vomiting. Not only is it great for cooking, but I had a pharmacist tell me about adding some water till it is the consistency of thick soup. Get the person to sip small amounts of it slowly. It helps line the oesophagus to reduce vomiting, and allowing medication time to hit the stomach and work. Also provides much needed sugar. I’ve used it on kids and adults and it’s worked a treat every time

[deleted] , Ming Xia Report

Lisa Bond
Community Member
1 month ago

Good to know. My mom always used Jello water. Diluted about same maybe a little thinner. But this was used after the violent bout when nothing stays down. This coats stomach & hydrates.

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#2

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products add salt to your hand wash to get gasoline smell off

Love,

Dad

bloodflart , Francesco Alberti Report

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

And salt (or suger) mixed with washing up liquid is great for getting machine oil off your hands.

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#3

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products I carry a garlic press in my purse so that when I'm out at a restaurant I can make a small amount of baby food out of any steamed vegetable.

crinnaursa , Jakub Sisulak Report

Skull in Sky
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is so unexpected!

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#4

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products As a mechanic, a flat-head screwdriver is a pry-bar, package opener, square-head (Robertson) screwdriver, hose-pick, a punch, test-lead, electrical bridge, scraper, chisel, and least importantly, a flat-head screwdriver.

newzer0kanada , Connie Posites Report

Xottel
Community Member
1 month ago

I inherited some kind of multi-purpose tool from my grandpa. It's basically a flat steel on a handle and became one of my favourite tools within days.

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#5

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Corn starch is a good blood coagulant if you need to stop bleeding

drdoom , kalaya Report

Elsker
Community Member
1 month ago

like, just rub some on a wound?

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#6

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Clean mascara wands are used in animal shelters to soothe the animals by brushing, and to remove fly eggs and larva from fur.

Drink-my-koolaid , Pxhere Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Should I donate my old mascara brushes?

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#7

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products If you have a landline telephone, the dial tone is a concert F.

By holding the phone to your ear and your finger on the first fret of the first string of your guitar (for example) you can use the dial tone as a reference pitch and accurately tune up without a tuner

KnitBrewTimeTravel , Keith C Report

NsG
Community Member
1 month ago

Now this is a random extra use I didn't see coming!

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#8

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Coffee grounds are quite versatile. Among other things, you can use them for:

A soil additive to improve the pH balance for plants

Place them in a refrigerator to neutralize odors

Scour pots and pans

De-icing your steps and driveway

An ant repellent

An exfoliating scrub for your skin

DeathSpiral321 , thena Lam Report

sturmwesen
Community Member
1 month ago

Coffee grounds help against bad smells in cars

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#9

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Hair conditioner as shaving cream

RobynRuLo , Supply Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, been there and it works.

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#10

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Any kind of cooking oil will easily get pine sap off of your hands. Just use it like soap.

OxfordBombers , Roberta Sorge Report

Ariel
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for getting sap off dog fur too if you rub it in for a few minutes.

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#11

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products I wrap those thick rubber bands (you know the ones that come around broccoli crowns) around tight jar lids to make them grippy and easy to undo.

CLNA11 , Harry Somers Report

Elsker
Community Member
1 month ago

this is neat to. But what works great woth jars for me: sticking a tableknife or back of a teaspoon between the edge of the lid and just twist it a little to break the vacuum, and then you can twist of the lid easily.

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#12

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Blue Dawn dish soap works really well on clothing stains.

PresidentSuperDog , amazon Report

Warloew Brinn
Community Member
1 month ago

I spent years in the Marina Industry and it works really well for zipping people down water slides as well.

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#13

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Vagisil for chafing. It's antibacterial, lubricating, and an anesthetic. I learned that in the army

Churonna , Harry Somers Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

You can learn a lot of things in the army ;)

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#14

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Vinegar is amazing. It can be used as a cheap household cleaner, refresh the coffee maker, and it can cure foot fungus and jock itch.

Mystic_Squirrel , Caroline Attwood Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Please note that this refers to white vinegar (white wine or cider vinegar can work too) and definitely NOT balsamic like the picture. I use diluted vinegar with a few drops of essential oil as a spray for the garbage bin, and you can put it in the washing machine to get rid of musty smells in clothes. I always have a massive jug of white vinegar in the house, it's very useful. Oh, and for cleaning glass.

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#15

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Your library card can do a lot more than let you borrow books.

It allows you to take free courses on Lynda, or learn a language, and even stream movies. A lot of libraries also have video game rentals, which a lot of people don't know about.

-eDgAR- , Sarah Report

Skull in Sky
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is highly region dependent sadly.

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#16

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Bottom shelf cheap VODKA.... Put it in a spray bottle and squirt in on your bathroom walls to kill mold, squirt it on clothes to remove any odors, use it to clean mirrors, glass, windows.

Squeaks23 , Dmitry Karyshev Report

Skull in Sky
Community Member
1 month ago

If you do put vodka on clothes, you will smell like vodka. Is that a win?

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

If I'm not wrong, vodka is one of the few alcoholic drinks that don't have so intense smell and it doesn't stay also! I remember that because I heard that it's the drink that alcoholics use to hide the fact that they drink

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Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

Use rubbing alcohol instead. It's much less expensive.

Alexei Arntzen
Community Member
1 month ago

Hm maybe, but rubbing alcohol is isopropanol, and vodka is ethanol. They definitely smell different

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Batgirl Kitty
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean, if ya live in russia

Marcellus II
Community Member
1 month ago

Removes mould but attracts russians? Hm I see it's a mixed result.

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DE Ray
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, if you have a pitcher filter, you can turn bottom shelf vodka into better quality vodka - literally the only difference between most high end vodkas and the cheap stuff is how many times it has been filtered. I'm not saying one trip through a Britta is enough to turn Heaven Hill into Ketel One, but you'll get there eventually.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Vodka is also good for cleaning your razors! It helps them be sharp for longer too

Sarah B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is a great movie/tv/theatre costumer trick. Remember, the vodka is diluted with water so it no longer smells of vodka. Howver, the alcohol will latch on to the stinky fibers and remove scent.

L hill
Community Member
1 month ago

Just drink the vodka and you wont care about any of that.

XSpooky_Mint
Community Member
1 month ago

Grandma, why do you smell like vodka?

Pepper Pots
Community Member
1 month ago

Or spray it n your mouth lol

F. H.
Community Member
1 month ago

This is stupid. Drinking alcohol is _always_ much more expensive than buying household spirits, due to tax. In Germany it's about ten times as much. And any kind of alcohol works for that job.

justmemorticia
Community Member
1 month ago

When you're using it on fabric, ethanol mixed with water is the kind od alcohol you want.

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SCamp
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Not cheaper and probs equally as effective to buy actual cleaner??

Mia D
Community Member
1 month ago

Rubbing alcohol works a lot better.

DarkAngelNic
Community Member
1 month ago

And you can get that s**t at the dollar store.

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Thomas Sweda
Community Member
1 month ago

Squirt it in your mouth while showering!

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

Mmm, wino fresh!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 month ago

Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) may be cheaper and save your drinking stash.

Roy
Community Member
1 month ago

I would rather drink it.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

Wouldn't rubbing alcohol do the same for less money?

Wouter
Community Member
1 month ago

Just buy cleaning alcohol and avoid taxes. Also, vodka is usually 40% and desinfection doesn't happen below ~60%

Anne Mitchell
Community Member
1 month ago

even cheaper, use white vinegar with the same effect.

Michael Se
Community Member
1 month ago

Bottom shelf vodka is also exactly the same as top shelf vodka.

Ivy la Sangrienta
Community Member
1 month ago

What a waste of perfectly serviceable vodka...

Helen Jane Witten
Community Member
1 month ago

It's hard enough being an alcoholic and trying not to smell like one without dowsing clothes in vodka lol :)

Luna
Community Member
1 month ago

Just use white vinegar, it has the same effect

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I would rather use normal cleaning products than have my clothes and home smell like a brewery.

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Vodka mixed with a few drops of soap for washing dishes and a few drops of essential oil that want stain, put all of these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake each time before using. Makes a great air deodorant. Also can be used to deodorizer shoes.

Salty Wild Hair
Community Member
1 month ago

When you buy an older piece of furniture and it has a smell to it, wipe it all down with some vodka on a cloth. It really works. And there is no smell at all.

Betty Ann German
Community Member
1 month ago

We use to use cheap vodka while I was posted to Russia as windshield washer fluid.

Kelly Von Tee
Community Member
1 month ago

Rubbing alcohol doesn't work?

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
1 month ago

I like to use vinegar... vinegar is good, and with baking soda it makes fizzy chleaner

chuck.dont.surf
Community Member
1 month ago

...but rubbing alcohol is cheaper?

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
1 month ago

In my dance school we use it to deodorize dance shoes.

NeonDisco
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't u add some concentrated scent so your house doesn't smell like distillery?

Janus Preez
Community Member
1 month ago

Then every now and again you can lick your windows and mirrors for a quick vodka boost

Snigget
Community Member
1 month ago

You can also put it in a glass and drink it.

Missus Magoo
Community Member
1 month ago

Squirt it in your mouth when you're cleaning and you won't see the mould :-)

Collin ford
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

You can also grow a plant with beer

jpaul
Community Member
1 month ago

i use white vinegar myself

Mrs. Joe V
Community Member
1 month ago

You forgot mattresses

Violaine Thepaut
Community Member
1 month ago

... with love from Russia !

Allan Breum
Community Member
1 month ago

The only thing Cheap vodka is NOT good for: Drinking.

s. vitkovitsky
Community Member
1 month ago

Or use cheaper white vinegar.

J Smythe
Community Member
1 month ago

You can also spray it on your mattress for a refresh. :)

Sam rice
Community Member
1 month ago

Eew I can imagine the smell 🤮

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

As Alton Brown pointed out (and Mythbusters also confirmed, sort of), the difference between a $20 bottle of vodka and a $60 bottle is... $40 worth of bottle. Vodka is vodka. By definition it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Even top-rated alcohol experts can't tell the difference in blind tests.

Paul Davis
Community Member
1 month ago

Funny story -- I had read somewhere you could use water filters to improve cheap vodka. I don't drink so I never used this myself. I passed this trick onto some friends, but accidentally forgot and said coffee filters. They tried it with coffee filters. Needless to say they ended up with cheap vodka full of paper pulp.

Michael Fernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

Vodka also works on athlete’s foot.

Michael Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I’ve said before vodka and salt good for cleaning glass bottles and your bong. And the “myth” about putting cheap vodka through a charcoal water filter to make it “top shelf” is somewhat true. It won’t be too shelf, but it will make it better. Gotta do it several times though.

Haunting Spirit
Community Member
1 month ago

How in the first place do you get mold in a bathroom? Are you not cleaning it every week?

Mz Phit
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor ventilation

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#17

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Peroxide gets blood stains out

dovesandravens , foodless Report

Karina Henschel
Community Member
1 month ago

baking powder does the job as well. had some bad blood stains on my favourite pants due to bleeding while pregnant. when I came home after an emergency c-section I restored said pants the their former glory. but you have to put it in cold water beforehand.

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#18

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Liquid Laundry detergent glows under blacklights but is clear under normal light. You can dip a qtip in some detergent and draw/write on your walls and only see it with a blacklight on. Different brands glow different colors. Lots of fun in dorm rooms.

SWtoNWmom , Mike Mozart Report

Lisa Bond
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of vintage black light posters, lava lamps & strobe lights.

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#19

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Scissors make for an excellent pizza cutter

elenapng , fifa ltec112 Report

Burs
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually prefer to use them. You have more grip and control, with the pizza cutter I always make a mess

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#20

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products WD 40 removes old adhesives from any thing with out damage or staining or discoloration

kwtransporter66 , ajay_suresh Report

Flisey
Community Member
1 month ago

Removes crayon from walls without ruining the paint

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#21

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Use vet wrap instead of sports tape. It's basically the same thing but much less expensive.

bgharambee , Karen Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Use it for fingertips so less slippery and protection when having chemo and your finger tips are sensitive.

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#22

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products If you have a French press for coffee, you can also froth milk in it after. Pour in hot milk and raise and lower the plunger until the volume of the milk has about doubled.

ThatIndianBoi , Izzy Rivi Report

Skull in Sky
Community Member
1 month ago

If you happened to buy the toy for frothing milk Ikea sells, you will do much better if you take quarter cup of milk, heat it for 10s on 800W in microwave and then froth it. (the milk does froth at about 40°C because the proteins start changing their shape and actually allow longer strands that are necessary to make the structure last.

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#23

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products put a somewhat thick layer of vaseline on the skin around your hairline and ears and neck when dying your hair. if you accidentally get dye on your skin, you can easily wipe it off.

[deleted] , Kai Hendry Report

Nugua Nugua
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

My hairdresser always does this, for people who get perms too.

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#24

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk of the car, in case you need extra traction if you get stuck in ice or snow.

Back2Bach , Rain Rabbit Report

Allen Lavine
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus it covers the smell of dead body

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#25

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Bleach to keep away cockroaches. I used to get big ass cockroaches in the summer that came up my drain.

My exterminator told me to pour 1 cup of bleach down my drain each week. You have to pour it down the drain in the room you see them. I started 18 months ago and haven't seen a cockroach since.

(Don't do this if you have a septic tank)

moochello , Sarah Report

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really bad for the water ways.

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#26

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products If you have a highlighter that's dying, take the "pen" part of it out of the casing and soak it in nail polish remover. It will revitalize it to working like new

llcucf80 , Mitchell Luo Report

Skull in Sky
Community Member
1 month ago

this will work only when the highlighter has dried out and the pigments are still in it. If you do use it out and do try this, it will eventually stop highlighting.

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#27

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Any cooking oil is a great way to remove the residue from stickers.

Idk if this is recommended but if you get scratches on wood furniture I've always taken a matching washable marker, colored over the scratch, and then wiped it with a damp cloth (to effectively stain the wood back to match).

Underratted , Eric Astrauskas Report

Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

I use sharpies on wood scratches. They come in lots of colors, and if you're quick, you can still wipe away excess to get a nice blend. They're permanent, so there's no need to worry about it coming off on people's hands or washing away.

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#28

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Makeup remover wipes are really good at getting bike chain grease off your hands.

Leucippus1 , Katya_Ershova Report

Pau Tea
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

To be honest, make-up remover wipes would be a very unlikely item I would have around when needing to remove bike chain grease.

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#29

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products A jeweler's loupe can double as a macro lens for your cell phone.

[deleted] , Thirteen Of Clubs Report

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to have one of these for examinig electronics, I lost it ages ago and I need to get another one.

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#30

30 People In This Online Group Share Lesser-Known Secondary Uses For Everyday Products Shaving foam reducesstops misting on bathroom mirrors and car windows.

wirral_guy , Tarah Dane Report

White Paper Tsuru
Community Member
1 month ago

Also good for when you have a really sticky poop that you just CANNOT get off no matter how many passes you make with TP. Pop some cream on your TP, lather it around and prepare for a much easier job. Even works with hairy butts. (The only reason I needed to know this is because I'm a nurse and I wipe a lot of butts!)

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