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Just before you toss these items in the trash, here is what you can do with them.     1. Egg shells: Turn egg shells into an excellent scouring powder. Dry the shells then crush them till the particles are fine and store them in a dry airtight container.     2. Old clothes: Clothes that are too threadbare to be given out can be turned into something more useful. Strands made from old clothes can be woven and sewn into colourful handmade foot mats.     3. Newspapers: Stuff shoes and empty handbags with old newspapers to keep them in shape. Also, line surfaces like kitchen tops with newspapers when working so that it is easier to clean up after work.     4. Electric iron: An old electric iron could save the day when there’s no electric power supply. Simply cut off the electric cord and place the iron over a hot stove to heat it up whenever you need to straighten your clothes.     5. Orange peels: Orange peels can serve as an air freshener. Boil orange peels in water to give your kitchen a zesty aroma. To freshen up rooms, cut an orange in half and scoop out the fleshy content. Then add two table spoons of salt and rub around the inside. Place in a bowl and in areas where you want to freshen up. As the salt absorbs moisture and foul odour, the peel releases its aroma in the room.     6. Body musk bottles: Fill an empty body musk bottle with water and use as a spray can for laundry in place of a steam iron. The faint scent of the perfume would still be in the container and will keep your clothes fresh. Alternatively, it can be used as a handy moisturising spray bottle for your hair.     7. Cartons: Create more space in a scantily layered wardrobe by arranging items in labelled cartons and placing each carton on the other. It would be easier to keep and find items when they’re organised this way; this also saves you time.

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This article was first published on 6th July 2017


Nnenna is an editor and writer at Connect Nigeria. She loves fine art, books and places.

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