Multi-Purpose Things in Your Home That Can Save You Money

by Lizzy

Do you want to learn multi-purpose money-saving methods? What does that mean? You can learn ways to use things again and again so you can get the most out of items. Using items for multi-purpose solutions means you use them to their full extent which helps you save money. Let’s start with these frugal living tips:

Cleaning the bottom of a shoe with a toothbrush

Using a toothbrush to clean

1. Toothbrush

There comes a time when a toothbrush is no longer any good for your teeth. The bristles may be damaged. Hang on to them. Use toothbrushes to clean out gunk from the nooks and crannies of many items.

Brush the soles of your shoes that may have become gunked up with dirt. Use a toothbrush to remove bits of trapped food in your grater. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning around taps, faucets, drains, and under the rim of a toilet.

Scrub away stains on clothing with a toothbrush when pre-treating with a stain remover. You can even use a toothbrush in your manicure routine to gently brush nails and cuticles. 

Placing tea bags on the eyes

2. Tea bags and tea leaves

Tea bags and leaves can be helpful to relieve certain conditions in our bodies. Hold a tea bag on a sore gum or tooth abscess for temporary relief.

Let tea bags soak for 24 hours to create a tea infusion and use it to rinse your hair. This is especially helpful for brunettes or those with gray hair.

Soak raisins in tea overnight and in the morning, they will be plumped up and juicy for baking or adding to breakfast cereal.

Antioxidants in the tea bags also help to soothe puffy, dry eyes. Pop two used tea bags in the fridge for 30 minutes, then put them on your closed eyes for 20 minutes to reduce swelling and help your eyes feel refreshed.

Tea is great for plants that like acidic soil. Put tea bags in a watering can full of water for 24 hours and use the tea-infused water for your tannin-loving plants, including evergreens, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, magnolias, ferns, and even oregano. 

Coconut oil

3. Coconut oil

Many people have coconut oil in the kitchen for cooking and baking. Coconut oil has many other uses, too, thanks to its high antifungal properties.

Coconut oil is good for oil pulling, which is when you take a small amount of the oil and swirl it around your mouth for five minutes before spitting it out. The oil whitens teeth, removes plaque, heals sore gums, and helps detox the body.

Coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry skin and sore lips. Put it on a sore nose when you have been blowing your nose from a cold.

Add a small amount of oil to the ends of your hair to condition it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash your hair as normal. Use the oil to treat athlete’s foot and a sweat rash.

Tea tree oil

4. Tea tree oil

This oil can dry up spots on your face since it’s an antiseptic. Add some drops into a spray bottle for a great spray antiseptic. Add a few drops of vinegar to a spray bottle with tea tree oil and you have a great disinfectant.

Adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo will help reduce dandruff. Tea tree oil is also known as a lice repellent. Soak feet in water and tea tree oil to alleviate athlete’s foot and soak hands in water and tea tree oil to help with nail infections.

Tea tree oil has been tested and proven to kill E. coli. Use tea tree oil spray as a home multi-purpose cleaner, especially in the kitchen, to kill deadly bacteria. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and can prevent infection and promote wound healing.

The oil has a reputation as an insect repellent when used as a spray, as well. Many people use oil as a natural deodorant.

People always go to the pharmacy and stores looking for medicines, but there is a lack of inventory on the shelves. Using coconut and tea tree oils can help problems by using more natural treatments for small ailments and illnesses.

Multi-purpose money savers

Do you have any natural or home remedies that you use? Do you have remedies passed down from generation to generation? Share your frugal living tips and multi-purpose solutions in the comments!

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  • JOYCE LEON JOYCE LEON on Mar 02, 2023

    Coconut oil will clean and shine a stainless steel appliance. Apply with a microfiber cloth and then wipe clean with a damp microfiber cloth.

  • Dion Harris Dion Harris on Mar 03, 2023

    Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the ONLY thing I've used to clean my face over the past two and a half decades. Just dab some on a cotton ball and swipe across your face. You'll be amazed at how much oil & dirt you'll remove with just a quick swipe! Use every night. 😉

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    • Debbie Debbie on Mar 22, 2024

      I use it too….great as an exfoliant and I use it on my hands to remove age spots.