Can we let you in on a secret? These two items are probably already hiding in your cupboard

and you probably never imagined how much you could get accomplished by using them in unexpected ways. They can be used for many time-saving tasks and cost very little money, so make sure you keep them on hand and make the most of them using these tips:


1. Coconut Oil


This eco-friendly lubricant is edible, of course, but here’s some other things you can do with it:

  • Moisturize your skin and hair
  • Take off your eye make-up using coconut oil and a cotton ball
  • Apply it as a natural SPF 4 sunscreen
  • Alleviate allergy symptoms by rubbing a drop inside of your nose
  • Use it as an effective diaper cream
  • Reduce the itch of a mosquito bite by administering a dab
  • Stimulate hair growth by rubbing it into your scalp
  • Remove frizz from your split-ends

2. Baking Soda


This household staple has long been known as a multi-tasker, but here are some things off the beaten path that you can accomplish with it:


  • Unclog a drain: pour a 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly add 1 cup of white vinegar and let it sit for five minutes; douse the drain with a gallon of boiling water afterward and run the water to check your results
  • Deodorize your shoes: sprinkle some baking soda in your shoe to get rid of any lingering smells
  • Exfoliate your skin: make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and use it as a facial scrub or body exfoliant
  • Clean your kitchen and bathroom: sprinkle on a damp sponge and use to safely and gently scrub bathroom tubs, sinks, tile, kitchen counter tops and cook tops
  • Relieve skin irritations: add a couple of tablespoons to your bath water and soak