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10 Unexpected Uses for Good Ol' Household Items

I was reading Elle on the plane the other day and I got some clever tips for using plain-jane items for a completely different purpose. Here are 10 unexpected uses for good 'ol household items that we all have :

1. Unused Stockings - Create a chic shrug by taking a pair of tights or stockings and cutting off the feet (or use a pair of footless tights to save a step). Place arms where legs would normally go and—voila!—you've created a sleek spring alternative to a shawl or cardigan. Take it a step further by cutting slashes into the fabric, à la Monique Lhuillier's ballerina-inspired fall 2009 collection.

Unused-Stockings

Photo: Imaxtree

2. The Eyebrow Brush - Stuck without a lint-remover? Use this handy makeup tool to remove unwanted fuzz from your shirt. 

Eyebrow-Brush

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

3. Dryer Sheets - No time for a shampoo? Rub a dryer sheet on your hair to tame flyaways and make your hair smell shower fresh. 

Dryer-Sheets

Photo: Courtesy of amazon.com

4. Shimmer Eye Shadow - Between visits to your colorist touch up dark roots by spraying a light hairspray onto them and—depending on what hue your highlights are—brushing a shimmering gold or brown eye shadow over the top. 

Shimmer-Eye-Shadow

Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom

5. Toothpaste - Have yellow nails? Scrub them with toothpaste to remove stains and add shine. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice for extra whitening; it's a natural bleaching agent. 

Toothpaste

Photo: Courtesy of amazon.com

6. Facial Toner - Did you make a mistake applying your self-tanner? An alcohol-infused astringent or toner can help fix splotches and streaks. 

Facial-Toner

Photo: Courtesy of Walgreens

7. Nail Polish - Secure buttons by applying a thin layer of polish to the center to keep thread from coming loose. Coating the bottom of your shaving-cream can with lacquer can also prevent rust stains from forming on your squeaky-clean bathtub. 

Nail-Polish

Photo: Courtesy of amazon.com

8. Flat Iron - A hair straightener works great for ironing between buttons on your shirt, where a regular iron doesn't fit. You can also use it for minor wrinkles on your blouse when you're in a hurry. 

Flat-Iron

Photo: Courtesy of ghd

9. Petroleum Jelly - Help avoid blisters from those stylish-yet-painful stilettos by coating problem spots with petroleum jelly before slipping shoes on. Also: Neaten a nail job by dabbing on skin around your cuticles pre-polish. This way, if you make a mistake, the polish is easily wiped away. 

Petroleum-Jelly

Photo: Courtesy of amazon.com

10. Cornstarch - Detangle a knot in seconds: Rub cornstarch into stubborn knots on shoelaces, string, chain necklaces for greater grip and control. 

Cornstarch

Photo: Courtesy of amazon.com

From One Hot Mess To Another!

~Whitney

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