Mrs. Fixit: Dry Cleaning Castoffs

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May 4, 2011 4:49:30 AM PDT
When you pick your clothes up from the dry cleaner, you end up with plastic bags, wire hangers and twist ties. But guess what, you can reuse those.

Kids tend to use too much toilet paper. A wire hanger can help loosen toilet paper build up in a toilet so that it can flush without overflowing.

Pull a plastic bag over your hand and grab the hanger. Use the hanger to loosen the clog and then pull the bag over the hanger and tie it off. No muss, no fuss.

If you find clothes are clinging to you from static build-up, wire hangers can help. Simply rub the hanger over the clothes and the static will transfer to the hanger and your clothes will be static free.

Use a pair of wire cutters to cut a straight piece of hanger and pair it with one of the twist ties to stake a plant and help it to grow straight.

Twist ties are also handy for keeping your cell phone and music player cords wound and organized in a drawer.

Keep the plastic bags that cover your clothes with your painting supplies. They are perfect for draping lamps and other furniture to protect them from paint splatters while you work.

They also make a nice buffer when packing fragile items. Wrap the bag around curved or indented areas to fill them up and then pack the item with additional bags to fill the box. The wrapped bags will add strength to the vulnerable areas.

Dry cleaning cast offs proved useful! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!