20 Ways Common Products Can Help You in Unexpected Ways

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We’re bombarded with very specific products that can help us solve problems. Just take a look at your local store and you’ll see various types of detergents, soaps, glues, and cleaning products.

Thankfully, many Redditors took the time to share alternative ways to use common everyday products. Who knew you could use humble items around your house to fix so much stuff?

20. WD-40 Does More Than You Think

“WD 40 removes old adhesives from any thing with out damage or staining or discoloration.”


19. Dish Soap Removes Clothing Stains

“Blue Dawn dish soap works really well on clothing stains.”


18. Have Bike Grease on Your Hands?

“Makeup remover wipes are really good at getting bike chain grease off your hands.”


17. Coffee Grounds Do So Much!

“Coffee grounds are quite versatile. Among other things, you can use them for:

  1. A soil additive to improve the pH balance for plants
  2. Place them in a refrigerator to neutralize odors
  3. Scour pots and pans
  4. De-icing your steps and driveway
  5. An ant repellent
  6. An exfoliating scrub for your skin.”


16. Ground Coffee Also Helps!

“Ground coffee (powder) is amazing at neutralizing vomit smell on carpets or fabrics.

I was once in an international flight that would last 9 hours, and on hour 3 a child threw up on the aisle.

The stewardess gracefully poured two handfuls of coffee powder on the leftover stain (after removing the puddle) and the smell instantly went away.”


15. Condensed Milk Can Do What?!

“Condensed milk for those with chronic vomiting.

Not only is it great for cooking, but I had a pharmacist tell me about adding some water till it is the consistency of thick soup. Get the person to sip small amounts of it slowly. It helps line the oesophagus to reduce vomiting, and allowing medication time to hit the stomach and work. Also provides much needed sugar.

I’ve used it on kids and adults and it’s worked a treat every time.”


14. Hair Conditioner Instead of Shaving Cream!

“Hair conditioner as shaving cream

I am only buying a cheap $1-2 bottle of cheap conditioner used specifically for shaving. A big bottle will last for months. I’m only using it for legs and under arms, but I see other have success using for facial hair and shaving their heads as well.”


13. This Type of Lube Can Help With Toothaches

“an*l Eaze is good for a toothache, and it’s cherry flavored.

I work at an adult store. Also, please don’t use an*l Eaze for an*l if you are having painful an*l sex. Get some butt plugs and a good lube.

Just because you can’t feel your sensitive areas being damaged doesn’t mean they aren’t being damaged.”


12. Vinegar Cleans, Refreshes, and Heals

“Vinegar is amazing.

It can be used as a cheap household cleaner, refresh the coffee maker, and it can cure foot fungus and jock itch.”


11. Fabric Softener Helps You Get Pet Hair

“If you have pets, spray a mixture ( 2 or 3 to 1 ) of water to fabric softener on carpet and let it dry before vacuuming.

You’ll be amazed how much pet hair gets picked up. Bonus, it smells awesome.”


10. Rubber Hands Help Your Grip

“I wrap those thick rubber bands (you know the ones that come around broccoli crowns) around tight jar lids to make them grippy and easy to undo.

Edit: Wow, muchas gracias for the gold and silver! You all are some fine people. And hopefully less troubled by tight lids from now on (lots of great tips in the comments too).”


9. Antiperspirant Stops Chafing

“Antiperspirant can also be used between your thighs and under your boobs.

It stops chaffing from rubbing and sweat in those areas.”


8. Use a Dial Tone to Tune Your Guitar

“If you have a landline telephone, the dial tone is a concert F.

By holding the phone to your ear and your finger on the first fret of the first string of your guitar (for example) you can use the dial tone as a reference pitch and accurately tune up without a tuner.”


7. Cat Litter Can Save Your Car!

“Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk of the car, in case you need extra traction if you get stuck in ice or snow.”


6. Flat-Head Screwdrivers=Swiss Army Knives!

“As a mechanic, a flat-head screwdriver is a pry-bar, package opener, square-head (Robertson) screwdriver, hose-pick, a punch, test-lead, electrical bridge, scraper, chisel, and least importantly, a flat-head screwdriver.”


5. Vodka Kills Mold

“Bottom shelf cheap VODKA….

Put it in a spray bottle and squirt in on your bathroom walls to kill mold, squirt it on clothes to remove any odors, use it to clean mirrors, glass, windows……

Squirt it in your mouth to make cleaning more fun! 🥴”


4. Pickle Juice Can Rehydrate You

“Pickle juice can assist the ph balance in your stomach. This means when out drinking, if your stomach starts to feel queezy take a shot or two of pickle juice… why vomit when you’re out having fun?

On a side and probably more relevant note, pickle juice is essentially the OG Gatorade. If you need to replace electrolytes or simply feel a bit dehydrated, drink some pickle juice and then some water.”


3. Kinesiology Tape Can Help You Look Awesome!

“Kinesiology tape to hold up your boobs when your outfit is too revealing for a normal bra.

I used a few strips of tape under my wedding dress, and my girls were good to go the entire day and night.”


2. Meat Tenderizer Cures Bug Bites

“Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer is an excellent treatment for bee stings, mosquito bites, portuguese man-o-war, and no-see-ums.

Most venomous bites/stings will be less inflamed if you grind in a few wet crystals of Adolph’s very soon after.

Not fire ants, though.”


1. Dandruff Shampoo Cures Fungal Acne

“Head and shoulders or any dandruff shampoo can usually be used on your face to get rid of fungal acne.”


Now that you know what these common items can do, don’t take them for granted!

In the meantime, is there any other use you can think of the products above?

Let us know in the comments!