In honor of Earth Day this month, we are going to review ways to reuse everyday items. There are many things that we use and just throw away, without considering other purposes they could have. Reusing items is not only good for the planet by reducing the amount of things we buy, it is good for saving money, which many seniors are concerned about. The following list is adapted from this site.

Here are some common items that most people buy and their alternative uses:

Nylon mesh vegetable or fruit bags

  • - Fill with dryer lint, short pieces of yarn, etc. to help wild birds feather their nests. They will integrate with twigs, etc. Just fill and hang outdoors where they can get to it.
  • - Use for various cleaning jobs around the house and yard. Just wad up the bag and use it as a scrubber.

Empty berry boxes

  • - Use empty plastic berry containers when you plant some of your spring bulbs. Just bury it in the hole before filling with soil and bulbs. Gophers and moles won’t eat your bulbs.
  • - Hold small packets in the pantry.



Butter wrappers

  • - Once you’ve removed a block of butter from its wrapping, place the wrapping in a plastic container or bag and refrigerate. Use it to grease baking pans.

Business cards

  • - Use the other side to label storage boxes and tape to the outside of the lid or side so you can see at a glance what’s inside.

Tissue boxes

  • - Empty Kleenex boxes are great for storing plastic grocery bags.
  • - Also a Kleenex box makes a mini-trash basket to set near a desk or other area.
  • - Use as garbage receptacle on bathroom counter. It’s perfect for discarding cotton swabs and other non-flushables. Looks pretty too!
  • - Use in the car to hold garbage. You can either pitch it when full or empty it and start again.
  • - An empty Kleenex box is ideal near a sick bed. Just toss when full.



Newspaper

  • - If you park outside in the winter, place newspaper on your windshield to prevent icing.
  • - Newspaper is great at absorbing odors. Stuff it inside a pair of shoes, a diaper bag, or even your refrigerator to help get rid of smells.
  • - Use as giftwrap, or as packing material when moving or shipping.
  • - Clean window and mirrors to a sparkling shine!

 

These are just a few examples of very common items that can be repurposed and reused. Look around your home and think about how other items may be reused, it’s fun to get creative and it feels good to save money while doing it!

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.

 

In honor of Earth Day this month, we are going to review ways to reuse everyday items. There are many things that we use and just throw away, without considering other purposes they could have. Reusing items is not only good for the planet by reducing the amount of things we buy, it is good for saving money, which many seniors are concerned about. The following list is adapted from www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/10/63-ideas-reusing-disposable-household-items.html.

Here are some common items that most people buy and their alternative uses:

Nylon mesh vegetable or fruit bags

Fill with dryer lint, short pieces of yarn, etc. to help wild birds feather their nests. They will integrate with twigs, etc. Just fill and hang outdoors where they can get to it.

Use for various cleaning jobs around the house and yard. Just wad up the bag and use it as a scrubber.

Empty berry boxes

Use empty plastic berry containers when you plant some of your spring bulbs. Just bury it in the hole before filling with soil and bulbs. Gophers and moles won’t eat your bulbs.

Hold small packets in the pantry.

Butter wrappers

Once you’ve removed a block of butter from its wrapping, place the wrapping in a plastic container or bag and refrigerate. Use it to grease baking pans.

Business cards

Use the other side to label storageboxes and tape to the outside of the lid or side so you can see at a glance what’s inside.

Tissue boxes

Empty Kleenex boxes are great for storing plastic grocery bags.

Also a Kleenex box makes a mini-trash basket to set near a desk or other area.

Use as garbage receptacle on bathroom counter. It’s perfect for discarding cotton swabs and other non-flushables. Looks pretty too!

Use in the car to hold garbage. You can either pitch it when full or empty it and start again.

An empty Kleenex box is ideal near a sick bed. Just toss when full.

Newspaper

If you park outside in the winter, place newspaper on your windshield to prevent icing.

Newspaper is great at absorbing odors. Stuff it inside a pair of shoes, a diaper bag, or even your refrigerator to help get rid of smells.

Use as giftwrap, or as packing material when moving or shipping.

Clean window and mirrors to a sparkling shine!

These are just a few examples of very common items that can be repurposed and reused. Look around your home and think about how other items may be reused, it’s fun to get creative and it feels good to save money while doing it!

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.

 




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