Find Hidden Treasures Around the House

Posted 05-11-2010 at 10:40 AM by DiaperShops Sarah

Reusing and repurposing can be just as beneficial for the environment as recycling.  It all comes down to keeping stuff out of the landfills.  Of course saving money by using the things you already have is another great benefit of repurposing.


 Here are some ideas for finding hidden treasure around the house.

  • Plastic baby bottles make great bath toys for kids.  No need to worry about them getting moldy since you can stick them in the dishwasher to clean.
  • Cleaned laundry measuring cups and scoops make fun beach and sandbox toys.
  • Worn out pre folds and old mismatched socks make great dust cloths.
  • Use shoe boxes for storing photos, recipes, bills, small toys and art supplies.  Cover with wrapping paper to make them more attractive and add a label that describes the contents.
  • Greeting cards can be cut up and used as post cards and gift tags.
  • Envelopes from junk mail can be used for to-do lists and shopping lists.
  • Spray bottles from household cleaners can be washed thoroughly and then used for household cleaners and water spritzer bottles for house plants.
  • Save orange and lemon peels and put them in a fireplace.  They will add fragrance to the room when you have a fire.


About the Author: Sarah is a Communications Manager for, one of the largest cloth diapering boutiques online. She writes for about how families can become more green.

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2 Responses to “Find Hidden Treasures Around the House”

  1. whitneywalters on May 11th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Great ideas

  2. sundaesprinkles on May 15th, 2010 10:12 pm

    I had to supplement my newborn with formula for about 2 months. So I had an idea to save the formula canisters for art projects and storage for me and my 6 year old daughter to work on together while she is out of school this summer! I have a cabinent stock-pilled, and so far we have decided to cover them with pretty paper and use them for marker/pen/pencil storage and they are perfect for crayon storage too, as we also kept the lids. I love the other idea listed too…I never would have thought of the lemon zest!

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