Alternative Uses for Household Products

Almost anything designed for one purpose can be put to another, as this list of alternative uses for household products should demonstrate.


| August/September 1998



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You might not need to stitch Frankenstein back together, but dental floss is one household product with plenty of alternative uses.


ILLUSTRATION: TIM HAGGARTY

Would you consider washing your hair with whipped cream? Or spreading vegetable shortening on a baby’s bottom to prevent diaper rash? Apparently somebody did. Although nothing presented here is truly hazardous, we haven’t tested all of these suggested alternative uses for household products. Proceed at your own risk.

Tennis Balls

Store valuables. Make a two-inch slit along one seam of a tennis ball, then place valuables inside. If you hide the doctored tennis ball among your other sports equipment, remember not to use it.

Fluff your down jacket in the dryer and reduce static cling. Throw in a handful of balls to fluff the down while the jacket is tumbling in the dryer.

Childproof the sharp corners of furniture. Cut old balls into halves or quarters and use packing tape to affix the sections over sharp comers of coffee tables, end tables, cabinets, dining room tables, and other pieces of furniture that might be dangerous to a small child.

Make parking cars in your garage easier. Hang a tennis ball on a string from the garage ceiling so it will hit the windshield at the spot where you should stop your car.

Prevent a chrome trailer hitch from getting scratched. Slit a ball and put it over the trailer hitch as a protective cover.





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