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15 Household Products That Have Multiple Uses

Quit wasting your money on single-purpose items. Make your money multitask with household products that have multiple uses.

We can learn a lot from the way people did things in the old days, especially when it comes to finding extra uses for common household items. I mean, think about it. Did you ever wonder how people got stains out of laundry prior to the invention of modern stain remover?

Back in the day, there were was a lot more common knowledge about how to save money by using the same items in different ways. These days, it seems like most people don't even recognize household products that have multiple uses.

Maybe it's just heavy marketing work that convinced us we need a single product for every little purpose, but chances are that you could be spending a lot less money if you double-duty your items. Check out these common products that could help you stretch your dollar further than ever.

Hydrogen Peroxide

(4 Pack) Equate 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 8 fl oz
<p>Equate 3% Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild antiseptic that is used for treatment of minor cuts, abrasions and burns. It is an effective first-aid antiseptic that comes with a trigger spray for easy dispensing. With this solution, you can provide timely aid to your injuries and take care of your well-being.</p> <p>With a wide range of health and beauty products, Equate provides their customers with a healthy and effective way to improve the quality of their daily lives. At Equate, we believe that taking care of your family doesn&Atilde;&cent;&Acirc;€&Acirc;™t have to come at a high price. Every product we make is the result of innovation, rigorous standards and high quality ingredients, and that has helped us become one of the most trusted brands across the country.</p> <p><b><u>Directions</u></b></p> <ul> <li><u>Hold sprayer tip away from body while opening.</u></li> <li><u>Clean affected area</u></li> <li><u>If bandaged, let dry first</u></li> <li><u>Apply a small amount of product on affected area 1-3 times a day</u></li> <li><u>May be covered with a sterile bandage</u></li> </ul> <p></p>

Oh, I love this stuff! It's incredibly useful and incredibly cheap. Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used antiseptic for cuts, but it also can be used as a highly effective mouthwash.

A bottle of hydrogen peroxide can also be your laundry's best friend. If you have stains on your laundry, especially blood stains, douse it with hydrogen peroxide. The stains will lift right out. Perodixe is one of those everyday items that doesn't get enough love.

Shaving Cream

(3 Pack) Barbasol Soothing Aloe Thick & Rich Shaving Cream for Men, 10 oz.
Thick and rich shaving cream formulated specifically to soothe and restore with aloe and a refreshing scent; Moisturizes and lubricates even the toughest facial hairRust-proof aluminum bottom to prevent rust rings!Protects skin while you shave

Most people use shaving cream as a shaving tool—which isn't wrong at all. However, the super foamy cream you keep in your shower can also help keep your shower clean. 

Spray shaving cream on shower doors and mirrors, and you'll have the shiniest glass you've ever seen. Some people even use shaving cream to prevent frost on their cars' windows, but be careful about this. It can damage paint.

Ground Coffee

(2 Pack) Folgers Classic Roast Ground Coffee, 48-Ounce
Made from Mountain Grown beans, the worlds richest and most aromatic. Folgers Classic Roast Coffee has been The Best Part of Wakin Up for more than 150 years. Finely ground coffee; Medium Roast; Aroma seal canister; Made from Mountain Grown beans

Ground coffee isn't just wonderful for your morning pick-me-up. As far as household products that have multiple uses go, it's king. You can use it to reduce cellulite, clean up vomit, and even help your plants get better soil. 

Coffee is great for people who have a green thumb. Soil that doesn't have a good pH level can be aided by sprinkling a little bit of used coffee grounds on it. 

Did someone throw up? Sprinkle coffee grounds on the puke. The grounds will absorb the vomit and make it easier to clean up.

Need to create a tan dye? Brew up some coffee and then soak the item that needs to be dyed in it. You can even use it for Easter egg dye.

Many models swear by rubbing used coffee grounds on their thighs to reduce the appearance of cellulite, though this has yet to be proven.


(4 Pack) Coca-Cola Soda, 16.9 Fl Oz, 6 Count
Enjoy Coca-Cola's crisp, delicious taste with meals, on the go, or to share. Serve ice cold for maximum refreshment.

Your favorite soft drink also happens to rank high among household products that have multiple uses. Coca-Cola was originally marketed as a headache cure, since caffeine often can help reduce pain from migraines. 

Of course, if you need a corrosive cleaning agent to get rid of rust off battery terminals, soaking it in some Coke will work. People have also used Coke to clean their eyeglasses and even clean toilet bowls. Who knew?

Binder Clips

(4 Pack) ACCO® Binder Clips, Medium, 12 per box
<p>Reusable black binder clip with metal arms securely fastens stacks of paper. Tempered steel provides extra strong hold and clips spring back into shape when removed. Multiple sizes available.12 clips per box.</p>

If you use these around the office, you might want to take them home with you! Binder clips are great for sealing bags of chips, holding earbud wires, organizing cable clutter, and also keeping your trash bags from slipping off the can.

Pretty much anything that needs to be held in place can be clamped down with binder clips. They're one of the best office supplies to keep at home.

Flathead Screwdriver

Neiko 01336A 10 in 1 Autoloading Heavy Duty Precision Screwdriver | Phillips, Flathead, Star | 3-Way Gearless Ratchet
This 10-in-1 autoloading precision screwdriver will be your best friend when you need to to assemble or repair your PC, Mac, game console, electronics, home furniture, and many more of your favorite items. 10 screwdrivers in 1 plus these superbly handy features makes this the one thing you keep close and the first thing you reach for: Auto-loading 10 bits in 1: This screwdriver stores 10 bits that are loaded and ready to use. Six of the most commonly used Philips and Slotted bits are stored in the &quot;chamber&quot; which auto-loads the desired bit by 3 simple maneuvers: pull back the handle, turn the chamber to the desired bit, push the handle forward - all under 5 seconds. Four Star/Torx bits are stored in the handle, which can be used by easily replacing the bit on the magnetic tip of the screwdriver. Use the Star bits more often and want to put them in the chamber? All of them can be stored in the chamber by simply swapping the bits. 3-Way gearless ratchet: Screws in tight spaces. Need a steady hand? The gearless ratchet allows you to screw and unscrew without turning the handle 360-Degree. Simply turn the handle as much or as little as you desire, go back, and repeat; the ratcheting mechanism will take care of fastening or unfastening the screw. The ratchet dial is conveniently located near the tip with 3 positions: Forward (fasten), Reverse (unfasten), and Lock (no ratchet). 10 essential bits: In the chamber: Philips: #00, #0, #1; Slotted: 1.5mm, 2.0mm. 3.0mm. In the handle: Star: T5, T6, T8, T10.

Ask any mechanic or construction worker, and they'll tell you that flathead screwdrivers are some of the most abused household products that have multiple uses. 

Along with being used to screw things in place, a flathead can easily turn into a makeshift chisel, prying bar, or as a scraper. If you have any home projects, getting one of these is a must.

Rubber Gloves

(6 Pack) Playtex Living Reusable Gloves With Drip-catch Cuff Small - 1 Pair, Color May Vary
These Playtex Living Gloves are a wonderful choice for people who want to keep their hands protected while cleaning. They offer two layers of protection against the harmful chemicals you might need to use, such as bleach. A superior barrier guards hands against the harsh effects of household cleaners better than ordinary latex gloves. These six (6) small pairs of Playtex gloves feature tapered fingers and a textured palm area for better control while working. An absorbent cotton lining enhances comfort, and makes it easier to clean for a longer period of time. The ultra-fresh antimicrobial properties of these gloves inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the gloves themselves, so you can keep using them. It is recommended that you use a separate pair for cleaning dishes.

The most obvious use for rubber gloves is to protect your hand from water and grime while you're doing the dishes. However, they also can work wonders in other cleaning situations as well.

If you're trying to get rid of pet hair, grab your rubber gloves and run them along the thing that you're trying to clean. It works better than the rubber brushes designed for that very purpose.

White Vinegar

Any list of household products that have multiple uses would be incomplete without the mention of white vinegar. This stuff works wonders in food, sure, but it also is one of the best cleaning agents out there too. This is one of those kitchen cleaning lifehacks everyone should know—you can clean just about everything in your kitchen with this stuff.

White vinegar lifts stains from clothing, can be used to deodorize smelly shoes, clears windows without any streaks, and can even be used as a hair rinse. Oh, and if you just got flowers that you want to keep fresh in a vase? Add a little vinegar to the water.

Yoga Mats

CAP Yoga Reversible Yoga Mat (5mm) with Carry Strap, Dahlia/Ginkgo
Increase the comfort and tranquility of your floor exercises with the CAP Yoga Mat. Beautiful, practical and comfortable, it provides 5mm of soft, textured surface that is well suited for Pilates and floor stretching exercises. This lightweight and durable mat is suitable for home, gym or studio use and is easy to transport using the included carry strap. After completing your routine, simply roll up and store until next time. Choose a Dahlia print on mustard backdrop or the reverse side Ginkgo print on London stone backdrop to match your mood.

Have an old yoga mat you no longer use? Good news—you can recycle it. Yoga mats are household products that have multiple uses thanks to their naturally grippy texture.

If you have a cat, place a yoga mat under their litterbox. When your cat kicks out litter, the litter will cling to the yoga mat. When you need to clean up the litter area, just grab the mat and shake it outside.

Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 12 lb
For a Fresher Cleaner home. Arm &amp; Hammer™ Baking Soda is pure, safe and natural.For fresher, cleaner clothes. Improves your liquid laundry performance.• Add 1 cup with liquid laundry detergent for cleaner, fresher clothes.For scratchless cleaning. Scrubs away stains and grease without scratching.• Sinks • Counters • Ovens • Refrigerators • Bathtubs • Microwaves• Pots &amp; Pans • Stainless SteelFor household deodorizing. Absorbs and eliminates odors on contact.• Garbage Pails • Litter Boxes • Carpet • Disposals &amp; Drains• Dishwasher (between uses) <br />For sparkling clear pool water• Simple and easy to use.• Helps reduce eye irritation and burning.• Helps keep water sparkling clear.How It Works:Arm &amp; Hammer™ Baking Soda will help maintain the pH of the water in your swimming pool in the desired range and provide necessary alkalinity. Recommended pH control by Arm &amp; Hammer™ Baking Soda and a disinfecting agent will keep your pool water sparkling, and your eyes from burning.

Yes, we all know that baking soda can be used in food or as a fridge deodorizer. That's old news. Though you already probably know that baking soda is great for there's so much more it can do for your home.

One of the best ways to use baking soda is to pour it down a drain, followed with some white vinegar. Let it sit for a bit, then rinse it with hot water. This cleans out pipes and can also get rid of drain flies in a pinch.

Baking soda can also be used to deodorize feet, remove sticker residue, and quell an upset stomach. It's one of the more versatile household products that have multiple uses, so stock up.

Dish Soap

(2 Pack) Dawn Ultra Antibacterial Hand Soap, Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap Apple Blossom 41 oz
Think all dish soaps are the same? Think again. Dawn Ultra has 3X MORE Grease Cleaning Power per drop,* so you can get through more dishes with less. No matter what you've got cooking in the kitchen, Dawn dishwashing liquid will leave your dishes squeaky clean every time. *Cleaning ingredients per drop vs. the leading bargain brand

Dish soap can help you get your glasses squeaky clean, but don't discredit it as a one-trick pony. If you toss some dish soap on your bathtub and scrub away with a clean brush, you'll have a spotless tub within seconds. 

A little dish soap combined with an open container of Coca-Cola also can make a great trap for pests in your garden. Dish soap plus apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, can turn into a fruit fly trap at home. 

If you have kids, then you're in luck. You can use dish soap to create DIY bubble solution in a pinch.

Coconut Oil

Dr. Bronner's Whole Kernel Coconut Oil, 58 Fl Oz, 1 Count
Dr. Bronner's Whole Kernel Coconut Oil - 58 oz. Our Whole Kernel Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is expeller-pressed from fresh, carefully dried coconut kernels whose brown inner skins have been left on, resulting in a more aromatic, nuttier-tasting oil. Versatile and delicious, Whole Kernel Coconut Oil can be used for stir-frying, sauces, baking and body care.

Coconut oil is great for food, but beauty gurus can tell you it's also a must-have for your good looks. It can be used as a body lotion, a shaving aid, makeup remover (!), and a hair conditioner—even if you have sensitive skin. 

People who are looking to get lucky will also want to pick up a jar of this good stuff. Coconut oil is a wonderful massage oil that keeps skin soft, and it's even safe to use as a natural personal lubricant.

Aluminum Foil

Great Value Aluminum Foil, 285 sq ft
<p>Great Value Aluminum Foil is an essential kitchen accessory with a host of daily life uses and applications. This multi-purpose aluminum foil is great for lining pans allowing easy clean-up, making bags for cooking and baking, wrapping food for storage and transport, and covering dishes. With 285 sq ft of aluminum foil, Great Value provides you with plenty of coverage for your leftovers to store in the refrigerator or freezer. Great Value aluminum foil is made up of high quality aluminum that can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures, making it perfect for cooking food in ovens and on grills and storing food in the freezer. It can be used as a cookware alternative in the ovens and grills to bake cookies, biscuits,cakes and meat. The high-quality aluminum ensures that the moisture and flavor is locked-in to provide you with delicious food. This easy-to-bend aluminum foil can be used for a multitude of applications such as scrubbing pots and dishes, making an instant funnel, making tubes for cake icing, removing rust from iron, scrubbing silver articles, to name a few. The packaging of Great Value aluminum foil comes with locking ends to keep the roll in place while dispensing. Prepare for all of your kitchen needs with Great Value Aluminum Foil.</p> <p>Great Value products provide families with affordable, high quality grocery and household consumable options. With our wide range of product categories spanning grocery and household consumables, we offer you a variety of products for your family’s needs. Our products are conveniently available online and in Walmart stores nationwide, allowing you to stock up and save money at the same time.</p> <br />

Foil works well as a food preserver and a tool to help lock in moisture for your meats as they cook. That much is pretty well-known, especially if you're a kitchen wizard.

What you might not realize is that aluminum foil is a great fabric softener. Just crumple up a ball of foil and toss it in the dryer with your clothing, then turn the dryer on. It's an easy-to-make dryer ball at a fraction of the price. Budgeting a household is hard, so cross those expensive dryer sheets and bottles of fabric softener off your shopping list.


Windex Ammonia-Free Glass Cleaner Trigger Bottle, Crystal Rain, 23 fl oz (2 ct)
Windex Ammonia-Free Glass Cleaner offers a streak-free shine you can depend on and a fragrance experience you'll love. It's safe to use on all glass surfaces including car windows. Give Life a Sparkle with Windex cleaners! Use to clean: windows, mirrors, glass, and more.

The whole thing behind Windex's success is that it can be used to keep your mirror nice and shiny. What you might not know about this common cleaning agent is that it also can keep your patent leather looking sharp, too. 

Just spray Windex on your leather, pat down with a damp cloth, and enjoy that shine.


Vodka's great as a mixed drink maker or as a straight liquor, but even people who don't drink should have a bottle at home. This humble liquor is actually one of the most unlikely household products that have multiple uses!

During World War II, vodka was used as a disinfectant in Russian hospitals. The high alcohol content killed germs and funguses. Vodka can also be used to clean leather, deodorize shoes, and keep hair shiny.

These household products will put you merrily on your way to savings galore. If you're ready to up your lifehack game even more, there are also awesome lifehacks for household tools you should check out.

Iggy Paulsen
Iggy Paulsen

Iggy Paulsen is a fan of anything and everything wholesome. He loves his two dogs, hiking in the woods, traveling to Aruba, building DIY projects that better humanity, and listening to motivational speakers. He hopes to eventually become a motivational speaker himself.

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