Wacky and Wise Tips For The Virginia Beach VA Home Owner

Looking for new ways to trim your budget, save time, and cut waste in your Virginia Beach VA home? Newspaper columnist Heloise has for years suggested unusual ways to repurpose everyday household items, but the newest guru in that field is Joey Green, a prolific author with an inventive mind and a keen sense of humor. Read on to learn some of his unusual—but practical– uses for products commonly found in your Virginia Beach VA home.You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of “specialty” products you can cross off your grocery list!

Aluminum foil:

  • Remove rust from or polish chrome.
  • Sharpen scissors.
  • Hang in your garden to keep birds away.
  • Use in the dryer in your Virginia Beach VA home to eliminate static cling.
  • Fix a broken connection between a battery and a loose spring.

Baking soda:

  • Add to rinse cycle to clean heavily soiled clothes.
  • Sprinkle in/on sports gear for odors.
  • Clean floors, ovens, appliances.
  • Use periodically to clean your septic system.

Olive oil:

  • Polish shoes.
  • Use as an emergency shaving cream.
  • Add to dog food to reduce shedding.
  • Clean pearls.
  • Condition hair.
  • Relieve an earache, bursitis, or a jellyfish sting.

Coffee filters:

  • Clean windows and mirrors.
  • Separate china plates.
  • Apply shoe polish.
  • Filter wine if you’ve broken the cork.
  • Line a plant pot to reduce loss of soil when watering.

Cooking spray:

  • Lubricate bike chains, roller skate wheels, or hinges.
  • Dry nail polish.
  • Prevent car doors from freezing.
  • Remove soap scum from shower doors.

White chalk:

  • Repel ants.
  • Clean ring-around-the-collar.
  • Add to your toolbox, silver chest, or jewelry box to prevent rusting and/or tarnishing.


  • Clean chrome.
  • Remove odors from your hands.
  • Polish silver.
  • Eliminate mosquito bite itch.

Waxed floss:

  • Slice cheese or cake.
  • Hang pictures.
  • Remove cookies from the baking sheet.

Banana peel:

  • Eliminate warts.
  • Relieve swelling and irritation of mosquito bites.

For more complete information on these tips and hundreds of others, visit This Old House, Good Housekeeping, Greenopolis, Care2, and, of course, Wacky Uses

And yet another tip:  you might want to tape this list to the inside of a cabinet door as a handy reminder.

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