Reuse Ideas

Purple Onion Skins

8 Onion Skin Uses

By Liesl Clark Just like garlic skins, onion skins have some unique ...
Berry Baskets. Photo © Liesl Clark

15 Uses For Berry Baskets

By Liesl Clark It’s strawberry season and most stores will stock their ...
Citrus Peels Have Many Reuses. Photo © Molly McCoy

What To Do With Orange Peels

By Liesl Clark Orange peel skin, and citrus peel in general, whether ...
25 Snack Hacks. Photo © Liesl Clark

25 Snack Hack Chip Bag Reuses

By Liesl Clark There are some obvious reuses for chip and snack ...
25 Bread Clip Reuses. Photo © Liesl Clark

25 Bedazzling Bread Clip Reuses

By Liesl Clark 1) Reuse to seal other bags (yep, it’s obvious ...
The Many Uses of Silica Gel. Photo © Liesl Clark

25 Super Silica Gel Reuses

By Liesl Clark Silica gel is one of those little-understood materials. Although ...

Inspiration & Action

IMG_9899 © Joy Chan Tappen

From Fence Slat To Fairy House

Dealings With Fairies by Joy T. Tending her fairy house Almost every day, Little Sister asks me why we can’t move back to Florida so she can be with her best friends again.  It has been 3 months since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, and while the rest of the family has adjusted wonderfully well (and […]

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© Emily Groff

Bra To Dust Mask

In the spirit of ingenuity and using what you have, Emily Groff has designed her own bra to dust mask. When we first saw it on our Buy Nothing group, everyone laughed with Emily, seeing the humor in it. But then we saw an igNobel prize was awarded for a bra converted into a gas […]

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Cotton Pads are Easy to Make and Reusable © Emily Groff

DIY Washable Menstrual Pads

Washable Cotton Pads Made From Old Flannel Sheets Almost all sanitary napkins and tampons are made with bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. Feminine menstrual products are a $718 million dollar industry and the waste from these single-use products is monumental. There are reusable alternatives, like these DIY washable menstrual pads that one of our Buy […]

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Romertopf oven turned kitchen counter compost container. © Liesl Clark

DIY Kitchen Compost Container

By Liesl Clark My new favorite kitchen thing is a thing I’m reusing for something else. This thing can be used, now, in 2 ways! What am I talking about?? Ta da! My new kitchen counter compost container! It’s a Romertopf oven turned compost collector that actually looks nice on the kitchen counter and it […]

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Simple, lightweight stovetop toaster. © Liesl Clark

Off The Grid Toast

The Stovetop Toaster You Always Wanted By Liesl Clark Our toaster oven stopped working last week and coincidentally I found a camp stove toaster a day later. I’ve wanted one of these for years. They’re the foldable lightweight stovetop toasters that enable you to toast your bread right over your burner. Coleman makes them and […]

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Use rhubarb leaves as insecticide. © Liesl Clark

5 Uses For Rhubarb

By Liesl Clark Rhubarb has been around a long time. By some accounts, it has a 4,700-year-old history whose origins lie in a couple of remote regions in Tibet. I’ve simply known rhubarb as the weird-looking sour stalk with an enormous leaf that makes its presence known around Mother’s Day when we bake our family […]

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Stain Removal in Progress

Natural Stain Removal

Forget Chlorine Bleach – Put a bit of lemon juice and sunshine to work on stubborn stains.  by Rebecca Rockefeller Do you have white linens or clothing with stubborn stains? Looking for a magical cure? Give this a try: Wet fabric around stain. Apply lemon juice to fully saturate the stain. Freshly squeezed and bottled […]

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Chives and Mint Work Together For Salsa

Chive Salsa

In which chives and mint are combined to make a stunning salsa. By Liesl Clark I’m not one to follow recipes to the letter so feel free to add and subtract as you see fit for your tastebuds. We have a lot of chives in the garden at the moment and since this is the […]

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Cherry Tree Under Bed Netting

Reusable Garden Netting

Skip the Delicate Plastic Bird Netting in Favor of Sturdy Sheer Curtains  by Rebecca Rockefeller We’re lucky enough to have berries and cherries in our backyard, but that means we also have hungry birds waiting to share in the summer bounty. Now, I’m a big fan of birds but I don’t like to give them […]

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Dry your laundry and water your plants at the same time.

Drip Dry Your Laundry & Water Your Garden

This one’s simple. 1) String a laundry line over your tomato plants (or basil or really anything you’re growing that needs watering.) We tend to water our tomato plants and tomatillos as they don’t need much water and our grape vine digs it, too. 2) Wash your clothes but don’t do a spin cycle. It […]

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