Wait! Don't throw THAT away! - Surviving on Shoestrings by Donna Miller
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Wait! Don't throw THAT away!

Below are some items that are usually thrown away that cause me to pause and wait before heading to the trash:

Paper Towel Tubes:

  • They hold those annoying plastic grocery store bags in a small space by stuffing the tube tightly full of them.
  • They help to keep the tangle of cords behind any table or entertainment unit neatly tucked together. Just split down one side from hole to hole and put the cords all in.
  • They make great kindling when filled with wood shavings and paraffin wax or cotton dryer lint!

Citrus Peels:

  • Freeze them in a zip lock bag in the freezer and once in a while take a frozen peel out to run through the garbage disposal. When they are frozen they help to sharpen the blades and the sent will freshen the disposal naturally.
  • Citrus peels boiling in a pot on the stove or fireplace hearth are a natural air freshener and mood booster.
  • Dried orange peels can be used as quick and aromatic fire starters.
Cardboard Egg Cartons:

  • Again these work as fire starters if filled with cotton drier lint or wood shavings and some paraffin wax. They can then be cut into cubes or strips.
  • They can be used to start seedlings. Once your little shoot has reached the height to replant, you can simply snip off the cup it’s being held in and plant the whole thing in the ground.
Oh, there are so many more items that I pause and tend to wait and ponder before throwing away. So there will be more to come!

Not only do I look at items to reuse, recycle and repurpose I even look at NEW items (while doing the budget friendly past time of window shopping) and think of ways to make something that looks interesting out of 'throw away' items rather than buy the newest gadget.

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/thewheatguy and see when I load up a new video using some items I would have usually thrown away, had I not window shopped for a handy kitchen tool – and decided to make it myself!

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Millers Grain House  & Grain Storehouse, Your Preparation Station

Joseph & Donna Miller, Owners

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Cheryl said:

Donna, always love reading your tips. I already use lint for fire starter, didnt think to use cardboard rolls.. will add that now!

My favorite recycled item is something I did nearly 14 years ago. I had a bit of leftover wallpaper border, lovely blue roses, and as small a bit as it was, I hated the thought of throwing it in the trash. I kept it to think about what to do, and a few days later decided to put it around a washed out frozen orange juice can. It was a perfect fit. I still have that, and it still holds my pens and pencils. We no longer live in that house, and this is a great reminder of that room I fixed up so long ago.

March 31, 2011 8:32 PM

Cindy said:

I already wash old ziploc bags and I use the old plastic bag to use to line the trash in the kitchen and yes I made a recycle purse out of it already to stash more of the bags and bread bags they are used so much in this household when it finally has a hole then the toss in the trash and the plastic from six pack beer I told everyone years back to hand them to me whey I crochet around this made a hot pads out of them to doing rug rings stuff its different strokes for different folks I made be off the wall wierd for this but things do get used alot around the house to the point it has a third life.

April 7, 2011 11:15 PM

Millers Grain House said:

Cheryl & Cindy!

Both of these tips/stories of all the ways you've looked for use vs. toss are AWESOME!


It's true that you can re-purpose just about everything that might normally be a 'disposable' item with a little ingenuity.

Bless you both!


May 4, 2011 8:18 AM

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About Millers Grain House

Donna Miller is the wife of almost 29+ years to the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law. She is the hostess of the radio shows Your Preparation Station, Surviving on Shoestrings and Encouragement in the Kitchen . She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes and ladies retreats for people to learn hands-on lost skills. She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine .

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