10 household items that you can use for some clever double duty

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6. Plastic bottle as egg separator (h/t Good Housekeeping)
Certain recipes call for complications, like separating an egg yolk from the white. (This probably isn’t complicated for most people, but we can’t all be 5-star chefs, can we?) There are a few methods for separating parts of an egg, but this one might be the easiest. Just crack your eggs into a bowl, take an empty (and clean) plastic water bottle, squeeze the bottle, hold it over the egg yolk, loosen your grip to create a vacuum-like suction to grab the yolk and then squeeze it out into another dish.
7. Toothpaste as shoe cleaner (h/t Instructables)
Some people throw their sneakers in the washing machine when they start to look a little grungy. Other people spend money on expensive shoe polish. Still others just ignore the gunk on their shoes and go on with life. But there’s a way to whiten your shoes that involves nothing more than a few items from your bathroom. Start with a damp cloth, squeeze on a small glob of toothpaste and then scrub your shoes. For stubborn stains, scrub with an old toothbrush and then use a dry cloth to wipe off any excess toothpaste and dirt.
8. Lotion as shaving cream (h/t StyleCaster)
Have you ever been in the middle of showering and grabbed your can of shaving cream only to discover that it feels way too light? You can’t run to the store for a new can at this point and you’re already wincing at the thought of trying to shave with just water. So what options do you have? Body lotion actually works as a great alternative to shaving cream and will leave your legs feeling extra smooth.
9. Hair straightener as clothes iron (h/t Huffington Post)
When you’re running late in the morning, you don’t always have time to ensure that your clothes look their best. You also usually can’t spare a few minutes to drag out your ironing board, wait for the iron to heat up and then remove any wrinkles from your clothes. Lucky for you, all you really need is a hair straightener. Put it on a low heat setting for delicate material or a higher setting for thicker fabric and quickly smooth out the wrinkles in your favorite shirt without being late for work.
10. Socks as floor protectors (h/t Real Simple)
Most people wear socks on their feet and use them for only that purpose. But yours aren’t the only feet that occasionally need to don a pair of socks. If you’re moving furniture around on hardwood floors, you run the risk of scratching your floors. So next time you decide to rearrange your furniture, just slip a sock onto the “foot” of every chair. You’ll be able to slide your chairs around the room with no damage to the floors.
Imagine all the time and money you can save by using your normal household items for more than just their intended use. With some of these tips you can get double or even triple the amount of use out of these products. And don’t forget to share this list with your friends on Facebook to help them use their household items more efficiently as well!
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