Uncommon uses for common items, including viewer tips

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Everyone has one tip, trick or tried and true method you share with your friends for using common household items in uncommon ways.

We've found a wealth of new ideas that you may have heard of before and may already use. If not, we hope these tips can save you time, energy and frustrations.

The ones that stood out as we combed through a wealth of blogs on the subject were the ones about food, because who really wants food to go to waste?

Food Tip One: After slicing an apple for your lunch or after school snack, use a rubber band to hold the apple in its original shape and prevent that apple from turning brown.

Food Tip Two: Use a drinking straw to hull strawberries. This solution is so much cheaper than buying a strawberry huller.

Food Tip Three: Store your open bag of brown sugar with marshmallows to seal in the moisture.

Food Tip Four: This tip is for bakers, especially those that like to throw parties. Storing an iced cake in a fridge full of food can sometimes cause that cake to absorbs the aroma of its neighbors. Simply place a wet sheet of newspaper under your cake plate and it will absorb all those smells for you.

Some of the other great tips we discovered will help you clean even the toughest messes.

Cleaning Tip One: No one likes those pesky sweat stains on dress shirts, and we have two solutions. You can iron baby powder in the under arms of your white shirts to absorb the oil. A little crushed aspirin can remove those stains after the fact.

Cleaning Tip Two: Rubbing a cast iron skillet with coarse salt and a soft sponge will remove the excess oil and food bits left behind without stripping your pan of the seasoning.

Cleaning Tip Three: Water marks on wood furniture are not as permanent as you may think. Use a hair dryer on low to dry the water stuck between varnish layers.

Now if you thought these tips were only meant to help you cook and clean, we've got some do-it-yourself beauty tips too.

Beauty Tip One: Running low on mascara? Not a problem. Simply add a few drops of saline solution to your mascara and you'll be able to get the most out your favorite eye make-up.

Beauty Tip Two: If you're having trouble removing your dark nail polish, try scrubbing your nails with a whitening toothpaste.

Beauty Tip Three: Make your own nail polish by mixing a little clear nail polish with your old broken eye shadow. You'll get a custom matte finish, and none of that broken eye makeup goes to waste.

In addition to these, we've received some amazing tips from WMBF News viewers.

Dinah Campi said that used coffee grounds can stop bleeding. It helps coagulate the blood when applied to a wound.

Ashley Outlaw also offered us another cool tip. She said that applying white vinegar can remove a wart to your hand in less than two weeks, and it's a much cheaper option than a dermatologist.

Thanks for the tips! If you have a tip you'd like to share, email us and let us know.

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