Upcycling comes in many shapes and forms

May 26th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

Another thing that we can all get round to in St Albans and Harpenden this half term is a bit of upcycling.  The idea is to increase the usefulness of something you might otherwise throw away. When you look into it, it’s amazing how many humble household items have two or more uses.
 
If you have been juicing lots recently you have probably realised that all that pulp from your juicer can be composted. But did you also know that it also adds nutrition to other foods and that vegetable pulp can be added to soups to thicken and increase the fibre content. And fruit pulp can be turned into delicious fruit leathers by spreading it thinly onto a tray and baking it dry on a low heat.
 
Dry floor sweepers are great for picking up dust around the home, especially if you have pets. But the heads soon get dirty and refills are expensive to buy. Have you thought of using those chenille Christmas socks?  Place one sock over the sweeper and you’re good to go – after you’re done, pop the sock in the washing machine and it’s ready to use again.
 
The other thing that can be really good to use around the house especially if the family have allergies is vinegar. It can be safely used to clean most surfaces whilst costing a fraction of shop-bought products. Diluted to one part white vinegar and 10 parts water, it can be used to clean chopping boards and worktops, to give you streak-free windows and to clean and deodorise your fridge. A stronger solution will spot-clean carpet stains and you can clean your dishwasher by putting a cupful through a cycle. Use it neat on a sponge on shower curtains.  
 
Source: Smart living -The Telegraph