Everyday household products with clever hidden uses

They looked like ordinary guys, right? But underneath their day-to-day exteriors, they were superheroes. In their spirit, we’ve rounded up our favorite, unassuming household items — products you probably already have on hand — that have amazing versatility.

They may not be faster than a speeding bullet, but they can move from kitchen to laundry to medicine cabinet, or even to the garden, with equal ease.

Lined Circle
Lined Circle


Remove a wine stain: Blot (don’t rub) the spill to remove as much as possible, then cover the stain liberally with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Distilled white vinegar

Revive wilted vegetables: Soak wilted greens or other vegetables in a bath of one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water for 10 minutes.

Petroleum jelly

Keep car doors from freezing shut: We got this tip from an Air Force mechanic: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the insulation of your car door, and you won’t have to worry about your car doors freezing shut when the next polar vortex hits.

Apple cider vinegar

Use it to tame a rosacea flare-up: For some rosacea sufferers, applying apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner can help soothe the redness and burning or itching of rosacea.


Ease a hangover: Next time you’ve overindulged, try a tablespoon of honey. (You can add it to herbal tea or hot water or drizzle it on toast, if you prefer not to eat it straight.)

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