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Don't just throw these things away!

Don't just throw these things away!
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Sure, there are plenty of things you know are reusable – grocery bags, metal straws, reusable water bottles. But, in addition to products made specifically for that purpose, there are also plenty of other things you probably use all the time that can also be reused. Read on to find out the everyday items you shouldn’t be tossing after one use.

Tea bags

Tea bags
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One tea bag can make two cups of tea – possibly even three or four. To get the most bang for your brew, continuously steep your tea in a teapot on the stove. If you only drink one cup in the morning, place your used tea bag in the refrigerator and re-purpose it later in the day to relax your eyes. Cool tea bags do wonders for eye puffiness and irritation.

Discover what happens to your body when you drink tea every day.

Baking paper

Baking paper
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Got a birthday party coming up? Bake multiple batches of cookies on the same piece of baking paper. Most brands are oven safe up to 230 degrees – and as long as there’s nothing stuck to the paper that could easily burn, it’s safe to reuse.

Clean Swiffer dusters

Clean Swiffer dusters
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The pads that attach to the bottom of your Swiffer don’t have to go in the bin when you finish your chores. Fill your sink with warm water and soap and swish the duster around to ready it for a second use. Roll the pad into a power towel to eliminate any extra moisture. Allow it to air dry.

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Dryer sheets

Dryer sheets
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Dryer sheets are just as effective when cut in half and can be reused at least once. That’s four loads of laundry for the price of one!

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Coffee filters

Coffee filters
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Most coffee filters can be reused at least four or five times before they stop working effectively, according to groundtoground.org. Try one of these extraordinary uses for the coffee grounds (or place them in the compost), rinse off the filter, allow it to dry and reuse.

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Shower curtain

Shower curtain
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Just because it’s plastic doesn’t mean it has to be disposable. Instead of tossing a soap scum-laden curtain, try this. Remove the curtain from its hooks and put it in your washing machine, along with regular detergent and a cup of baking soda. Rehang the shower curtain to dry. The same goes for plastic shower curtain liners.

Old towels

Old towels
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As your bath towels fade and accumulate holes, don’t immediately throw them in the bin. Cut them up and use them as washable cleaning rags to take care of dirty floors, cars, pets and more. If you’re feeling creative, you can even turn them into DIY creations like bath mats and soft dog toys.

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Seeds

Seeds
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Your flowers and vegetables have uses beyond just their harvesting season. Let a few of your plants go to seed (if you don’t harvest them, they will stop growing and eventually produce seeds); you can keep those seeds and use them for next year’s crops.

Plus, check out the easiest foods to grow at home.

Egg cartons

Egg cartons
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Egg cartons are designed to keep small, fragile items safe. Who says eggs should be the only things to get that protection? Use empty (and clean!) cartons to store small Christmas ornaments and lightbulbs, or turn them into organising trays for screws and bolts.

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