Recycle Home Remedy Ideas

Banana Peel as Rose Fertilizer

Just flatten a banana peel and bury it under one inch of soil at the base of a rosebush. The peel’s potassium feeds the plant and helps it resist disease. Consider it a nutritional boost for you and your buds.

Cork as Fire Starter

Get a blaze crackling faster. Keep wine corks in rubbing alcohol in a sealed jar (stored away frm the fireplace of course). Just before lighting a fire, toss a few in under the kindling.

Epsom Salt as Plant Fertilizer

Encourage green growth on your house plants by applying a solution of 2 tablespoons salt to 1 gallon water once a month.

Red Ornaments as Hungry Bird Banishers

Hang unbreakable ornaments on tomato plants early in the season. When pesky sparrows or blue jays come to peck, they’ll find the hard bulbs (instead of juicy treats) and abandon their attacks by the time the real fruits ripen.

Frisbee® as Paper Plate Holder

Don’t lose your dogs! At your next barbecue, place flimsy paper plates in sturdy plastic Frisbees® so guests can better balance their meals.

Toothpaste as Goggle Defogger

Prevent goggles from fogging. Before hitting the pool, smear some paste onto the lenses, then wipe off.

Photo: Erica McCartney; Styling: Kristine Trevino

Tic Tac Box as Spice Holder

Pack small amounts of your favorite spice (red pepper flakes, anyone?) in old Tic Tac boxes, to season food on-the-go.

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