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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle these Common Items Once Destined for the Trash

Don’t throw it away! Sylvia Tan of The Straits Times, shares genius tips and tricks to get more out of common items you throw in the trash. You’ll not only help save the environment but you’ll also save some cash!


Call me a hoarder, but it is all for a purpose. I never throw away used aluminium foil: I save it to scrub pots and pans.

They are great for shining up copper-bottomed pans as well as glass baking dishes. I also use them to clean brass and stainless steel fittings around the house.

It is just one of the throwaways I now recycle for new uses.

Like that used serviette. Don’t toss it. Instead, use it to wipe off all the grease on dirty plates and pans before washing them.

You’ll find them much easier to wash later and this makes it kinder on your pipes as there will be less build-up of gunk.

I also reuse the pickling liquid left after I have eaten pickled gherkins. It comes in useful when a marinade calls for vinegar or when I make a vinaigrette salad dressing.

Neither do I throw away the ends of carrots, onion peels and celery stalks. They find their way into my stock pot while cut-off coriander roots are kept for the next time I make a Thai dressing.

All my plastic bread bags are used to hold food in the freezer, instead of Ziploc bags.

As for all my old towels, I snip them into squares for dirty throwaway jobs, reducing the need for paper towels in my kitchen.

I have even found a use for empty tissue boxes. They hold plastic grocery bags neatly, for reuse.


Looking for more handy hints? Try here!


By Sylvia Tan, The Straits Times, October 27, 2015

Photo: 123rf.com

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