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    Queenie
    Double Duty
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:13 PM
    Double Duty 11th Apr 05 at 4:13 PM
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    THE GREAT 'DOUBLE-USE' HUNT! Marketeers love to make us buy as many things as we can, yet there's always other uses. I often said use a credit card for a loan and the Old Stylers (read below) say 'use exfoliating body gloves for cleaning the shower'. So I thought I'd ask MoneySavers for their double-use ideas.

    Now let me be honest, this wasn't my idea, i spotted Queenie's idea below and pigeon holed on top of it. I'd love to widen the discussion out from just household to everything though

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    What items do you have around the house that you use for their intended purpose, but then think ... oooh, I can do *that* with it?

    For example,
    1. I have a pair of body gloves - the kind that you exfoliate with. In the shower one day I noticed that my new venetian blinds had a dirty layer of dust/dh's soap scum on them. Venetian blinds are a pig to clean and then I thought, hang on a mo .... I'll use my old pr of body gloves! Only took a few minutes to wipe down the slats and get the gunge off wearing those Now they sit in my cleaning bucket
    2. I have one of those single portion tealeaf spoons (you fill it with the tealeaves and sit it in your mug to brew). Friday I used it as a mini sieve to coat some herring roe with a dusting of flour.
    3. A crocheted 'table cloth' used for High Days and Holidays, does double duty as a pretty bed "throw" in the summer when we have overnight guests.
    Which items do double duty in your home?

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  • Lillibet
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:33 PM
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    OOh I love your threads Queenie, they are always thought provoking & make me think about how I can better myself in each area!!


    To start with :

    When I pull the plug out of the bath I use my buff puff to give the bath a quick wipe round, not as disgusting as it sounds as I've just used it to wash the same dirt off my body that I'm wiping off the bath & keeps the need for proper cleaning to a minimum.
    Old stained tea towels get used as floor cloths.
    Toilet roll gets used as tissue
    After descaling the kettle with vinegar I pour it into a jug & use the same vinegar to de-scale the shower head, then it goes down the drain with some bicarb to clear any deposits.
    I have a huge victorian lace table cloth with I too use as a bed spread.
    I was given a pack of cotton hankies for Xmas which I will never use as hankies, but they make good napkins!
    I save the water from boiled veg & add to stock/soup.
    I am currently using an old net curtain to make up lavender bundles for my Nan's brithday present.
    Old saucepans & cooking pots get used as plant pots. Glasses frequently get used for cuttings.
    Old carpet is laid upside down on top of the proper insulation in the loft for an extra layer of insulation.
    Plastic cartons & boxes get a new life as temporary tupperware boxes.
    Junk mail becomes memo paper
    Paper "Holes" out of the hole punch will become confetti at my friends wedding in 2 weeks time.
    Laddered tights get used for tying up garden plants/storing onions/stuffing cushions & pillows
    T shirts become night shirts. When they are too old for this they become dusters.
    Dressing gowns are also bath robes
    Slivers of bars of soap get dissolved in boiling water to make liquid soap

    Thats all I can think of for now.
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  • kingshir
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:38 PM
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    Wow Lillabet, you make me feel like a real spendthrift! Some brill ideas here though
    • Pal
    • By Pal 11th Apr 05, 4:46 PM
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    Pal
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:46 PM
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:46 PM
    If you are about to get married, you can use your future wife's stockings and sexy underwear as dishcloths or dusters, because quite frankly they are never going to get worn again....

    • Liz19
    • By Liz19 11th Apr 05, 4:50 PM
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    Liz19
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:50 PM
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    • 11th Apr 05, 4:50 PM
    You are not my husband are you?!!! Not true anyway, those items do get an airing occasionally (a) when OH is not sitting up to watch golf (b) our teenage son is actually in bed and asleep before us!!
    • Glad
    • By Glad 11th Apr 05, 5:28 PM
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    Glad
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    • 11th Apr 05, 5:28 PM
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    • 11th Apr 05, 5:28 PM
    If you are about to get married, you can use your future wife's stockings and sexy underwear as dishcloths or dusters, because quite frankly they are never going to get worn again....

    by Pal
    .....or your hubby's silk boxers as quite frankly he's never going to fit into them again
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    • MATH
    • By MATH 11th Apr 05, 5:43 PM
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    MATH
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    • 11th Apr 05, 5:43 PM
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    Great thread Queenie. Now, lets think....

    The gum of junk mail envelopes is cut off to write kidz names on for labelling tuck and drinks bottles.

    All junk paper is saved to write shopping lists/memos on.

    Sheets are born again as dishtowels which then re-birth as dusters.

    Mrs MATH'S nail polish is used as indentification blobs when the kidz have identical toys/flasks/DVD's etc.

    My slo-cooker (when I had one) doubled as an overnight whites bio pre-soaker.

    My old T shirts are called back into service as kidz paint 'n' create cover smocks.

    Shaving foam is used for the obvious and also buffed over the bathroom mirror and window to stop them fogging (makes a decent chrome cleaner as well in an emmergency)
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  • Queenie
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    • 11th Apr 05, 5:52 PM
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    .....or your hubby's silk boxers as quite frankly he's never going to fit into them again
    by Glad
    That's nearer the truth!!! Nice one, Glad

    Lillibet - re:

    Net curtains: if you are making your Nan pretty "lacy" lavender bags, how about using up a goodly slice of that net to make "a lingerie bag on a hanger for her wardrobe? (Basically, cut a piece of two pieces of net approx coathanger length in width x 25-30" long. One piece then needs cutting again about 4 inches down = two more pieces. Stitch a zip into these two pieces so they end up almost back to the original size of the whole piece; now stitch it up all around, right sides together with the whole piece you cut. Open the zip and slip in a padded coat hanger - you'll need to make a tiny hole in the top seam for the hook of the hanger to go through: voila! Dangle a couple of those scented satchets from the hanger.)

    Laddered tights: add some soap scraps to the toe of one and tie up - attach that to your garden water tap and you have somewhere to give your hands a soap off when you've finished gardening.

    Slivers of soap bars: These can be used for marking fabric if you have no tailors chalk

    T-shirts: If they are special (we had a couple that belonged to the boys G/father which took on a new meaning after he died ) make them into funky bed cusions. Stitch up all the openings, leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff with those tights or even, less attractive old t-shirts cut into strips and seal up. I've caught d9yo actually cuddling his one that we made from his G/dads t-shirt
    Or, if they have a great design/logo on the front, cut out the logo's, all to the same size and stitch up to make a memory quilt throw. (Wish I'd known that when I still had my Dire Straits concert T-shirt!!)

    Hehehe, that's a few more to add to your repetoire
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 11th Apr 05, 6:02 PM
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    Hair spray makes great fixative for your artwork.
  • Queenie
    The gum of junk mail envelopes is cut off to write kidz names on for labelling tuck and drinks bottles.
    by MATH
    That's a new one to me! Yours too culpepper!!! Cheers Maties!

    Another "double duty" item I have are my Bergdorf Goodman gift boxes, silver and co ordinating ribbons, purple with "Bergdorf Goodman" written on them (very swank!)
    Through the year they store my most precious of Christmas decorations up in the loft, but come Christmas Time, they form a very attractive "display" on the porch table (now emptied of the ornaments, I tuck a few hidden bits in them for any unexpected visitors).

    Our garden chairs will perform double duty as dining chairs when all the family are home and the table is extended.
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  • MrsMW
    I just used a teaspoon to !!!!! out some seedlings. Does that count?
  • Queenie
    I just used a teaspoon to !!!!! out some seedlings. Does that count?
    by MrsMW
    Absolutely!!!!
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 11th Apr 05, 6:46 PM
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    moggins
    I use eggboxes to grow seeds in, but I think everybody does this?
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • MATH
    • By MATH 11th Apr 05, 6:55 PM
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    MATH
    Our garden chairs will perform double duty as dining chairs when all the family are home and the table is extended.
    by Queenie
    LOL - we do this too all the garden furniture is dragged in plus a motley selection of vanity stools and the chair I use for decorating jobs. One Christmas when we had loads round one guest had to perch on a low set of step ladders and another poor so-and-so had to eat roast turkey atop a rocking footstool. All you could see of him was the feather on his paper hat. He climed he was sea sick by the end of the meal.
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  • Queenie
    LOL @ MATH - bet the guy wasn't complaining about the view though

    My Mum really was the Queen when it came to arranging furniture to fit in mulitudes of visitors around a dining table (garden furniture wasn't high on the list of priorities in those days )
    One year, there were so many of us that she borrowed a couple of planks from a neighbour, laid each one between 2 chairs and covering it with a blanket (2 planks and 4 chairs) leaving the rest of the real chairs for the less supple. Later, when a few of the "grown-ups" forgot themselves and behaved like kids and had a few two much Christmas Spirit ... she pushed two single beds together against the wall in two of the bedrooms, placed pillows down the long side of the beds and squeezed in ... 5 to each "double" bed!! She was amazing. I daren't even think what she would have conjured up if she'd had the luxury of your step ladder
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  • Queenie
    No pestle and mortar?

    I used the knob end of my wooden rolling pin and an enamel bowl

    My cutting mat is "temporarily" being utilised for the kids 1000 piece puzzle. (They'd better hurry up and finish it, I've got quilting to do!)
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 17th Apr 05, 2:01 PM
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    Bogof_Babe
    Never throw away outgrown belts - they can be linked together and serve many purposes. I use two to secure the cat's travelling basket, as the catch has broken, and another two to hold open the "summerhouse" (shed with attitude ) door, by looping the belts around the door handle and a nearby treetrunk.

    You could use them for strapping luggage on bikes, or holding things in place in the garage. No end of uses. I am not in the least tempted to diet my way back into wearing them as originally intended!
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    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 17th Apr 05, 8:16 PM
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    Pooky
    I've currently got chop sticks in plant pots to support my sunflower seedlings.....and mighty fine they look too!
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  • Luis
    Old ice cream tubs / chinese cartons become lunchboxes or tubs for a cook'n'freeze fest.

    Old cableknit / chunky cardis - turn into really nice cushion covers.

    Old duvet covers / sheets / curtains - dust sheets / dog bed covers.

    Old jamjars - use for putting gloss paint in when painting (easier to hold and no drips).

    old tights - stuff to make a door sausage.

    Spare bits of old wool left over from spinning - stuff cushions.

    old shoeboxes - cover with material, make partitions to make sewing boxes (good gift)
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    • Bargain Rzl
    • By Bargain Rzl 18th Apr 05, 12:23 AM
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    Old ice cream tubs / chinese cartons become lunchboxes or tubs for a cook'n'freeze fest.
    by Luis
    Yes, the best ice cream tubs for the purpose are the 1 litre ones most of the major supermarkets do that are sort of the ownbrand version of Carte d'Or. They make brilliant lunchboxes for the plated meal (i.e. pasta, big salad, or risotto) style of lunch, because they actually have more space in them than a 1 litre Tesco Value plastic box.

    There's also the added advantage of getting to eat the ice cream first

    Their only disadvantage is that they are oval so they don't tesselate together in the freezer.
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