Clean Your Keyboard with a Post-it Note

February 10, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR (b)lines) - To save money in these hard economic times (or to solve seemingly impossible tasks), it is helpful to find new uses for everyday items.

Here are some examples:

Post-It Note

  • Clean a keyboard – Run the sticky side between the keys to collect crumbs and bits of lint.
  • Navigate the roads – Write directions on a note and stick it to the center of your steering wheel for quick reference.

Clear Nail Polish

  • Keep an eyeglass screw in place – Tighten the screws of wobbly specs and top them with a dollop of polish.
  • Secure buttons – Apply a thin layer of polish to the center of a button to keep the thread from coming loose.
  • Avoid rust stains in the bathroom – Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rings on the sink or ledge of the tub.
  • Seal an envelope – When a flap won’t stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.
  • Extend the life of jewelry – Paint a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.

Rubber Bands

  • Open jars with ease – When a small lid won’t budge, wrap a rubber band around it several times to get a better grip.
  • Decorate Easter eggs – Arrange rubber bands in a pattern around hard-boiled eggs, then dip them into dye. Remove the bands when the eggs are dry.
  • Wrap a gift – Use multiple colored rubber bands instead of ribbon to add modern flair to a small present. (Also handy when there’s no tape.)


  • Find the end of the roll – After using tape, wrap the end around a toothpick to easily locate it the next time.
  • Sew a better button – Place a toothpick between the button and fabric so it doesn’t go on too tightly and end up tough to fasten.


  • Remove tea and coffee stains from cups – Sprinkle salt on a lemon peel, then rub it on a stained cup.


  • Secure slinky garments – Stick felt onto each arm of a hanger to keep clothes from sliding off.
  • Anchor a cutting board – Place a felt circle under each corner of the board so it stays put while slicing and dicing.
  • Protect the walls – Position felt on each corner of a picture frame so the edges won’t mark the paintwork.