I just love the idea of repurposing common household items and making them useful for other purposes. The other day I was using a super dull pair of scissors and remembered reading somewhere that you could sharpen them up using some sandpaper. I decided to give it a try and by golly it worked!! This of course got me thinking about what else I might be able to do with this abrasive material that almost everyone has laying around their garage or workshop.
Sure enough, after some research, I found LOTS of interesting uses that I’d never even considered! Hopefully you’ll find some of these interesting as well!
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Sharpen Your Scissors
To sharpen dull blades, simply use the scissors to make several cuts through fine-grain sandpaper. Sandpaper will also help remove any sticky residue on your scissors.
Remove Rust From Tools & Knives
Sandpaper will help bring your rusty tools and knives back to life. The coarser the grainer, the less time it will take, but with coarser grains it’s best to take care not to scratch the tools.
Scuff the bottoms of new leather-soled shoes with some heavy-grit paper to keep from slip-sliding away!
Open a Stuck Jar
Grab a piece of sandpaper and place it grit side down on any hard-to-open jar lid. The sandpaper will improve your grip enough to do the job.
Make Basement Steps Safer
Use contact cement to affix old paper from a belt sander along the top edge of slippery cement or wooden stair treads. It makes the very edge of the tread non-slippery, and also makes the edge pop out visually so it’s easier to see.
Remove Pills from Upholstery & Clothing
Lightly brushing a fine-grit scrap back and forth over pilled fabric whisks away unwanted fuzzies. For more-delicate fabrics, test in a hidden spot first.
If you’re fighting a losing battle with the fuzz balls on your sweaters, a little sandpaper will handle them. Use any grit, and rub lightly in one direction.
Encourage Seeds to Sprout Faster
Speed up the germination process by running fine-grit sandpaper over the surface of hard-coated seeds several times. This breaks down the seed’s outer shell so that water can penetrate it more quickly and prompt growth.
Attach scraps of sandpaper to furniture that cats have been scratching, or lay retired sheets in spots where they’ve been spraying. Felines hate the gritty feel on their soft paws.
Remove Stubborn Grout Stains
Sometimes your bathroom abrasive cleaner is just not abrasive enough. Get tough on grout stains with fine-grit sandpaper. Fold the sandpaper and use the folded edge to sand in the grout seam. Be careful not to sand the tile and scratch the finish.
Sharpen Sewing Needles
Small pieces of sandpaper are perfect for tucking into your sewing box. Poking your sewing needles through sandpaper a few times, or twisting them inside a folded piece of sandpaper, will make them sharper than ever.
A fine grain sandpaper will help heal the cut marks on your rotary cutting mat. Also keep old sheets for sharpening pencils.
Keep Pleats in Place
A small piece of sandpaper underneath a pleat will help keep it intact when you’re ironing.
To hold pleats in place while ironing…put some fine or medium-grit sandpaper handy under the pleat while you iron a nice sharp fold.
Make Your Suede as Good as New
Gently applying fine-grit sandpaper will help remove scuff marks and ink stains from suede. Afterward, bring up the nap with a toothbrush or nailbrush. You could save yourself from an expensive trip to the dry cleaner!
Stop slugs from getting into your potted plants. Put used sanding disks under the bases of your pots, making sure the sandpaper is wider than the pot base, or cut your own ‘anti-slug’ rings from a sheet of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of tender young plants.
Make-Shift Emery Board
If you don’t have an emery board handy the next time you need to smooth your nails, a piece of fine grain sandpaper will do in a pinch.
Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards
Cutting boards can be a hotbed for germs, especially in all of the little nicks that naturally occur over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to sand your cutting board once a year. Use a fine-grit sheet and apply some mineral oil to keep the wood soft and shiny. This also works on wooden utensils.
Polish Hazy Headlights
Clouded, yellowing headlight lenses are caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight, air pollution, dust, and other harsh environmental contaminants. Make your headlights shine in no time with sandpaper. Click here for good step-by-step instructions.
Make Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer
Worn windshield wipers? Lightly sand the rubber blades with fine-grit sandpaper, wipe away the dust, and put a thin coat of petroleum jelly on the rubber. They’ll last another six months.
Sandpaper is useful for smoothing out rough edges after clipping your dog’s nails.
Put sandpaper on the screws that hold the toilet lid in place, keeps them from loosening.
Use your leftover sandpaper from any projects around the house to remove burnt on cooking stains. Works better than steel wool.
Use a fine grain sandpaper to rub dead skin off heels. Do it when the skin is dry.
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