We can think of about a thousand things we'd rather spend our money on than cleaning and general housekeeping items. It might not seem like a lot at once, but overtime those sprays, sponges and paper products can add up. Luckily, there are a few repurposing ideas that can help you save money by either extending the life of these goods or practically eliminating the need for them.
Don't believe us? Just scroll through our slideshow to see five kinda weird but also kinda helpful tips and tricks.
Vinegar instead of... almost everything
Forget sprays and solutions, our editor found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/8-uses-for-vinegar_n_3530517.html" target="_blank">eight amazing ways to clean with vinegar</a>. For example, you can remove greasy residue from your stove, counters or cabinets by wiping down surfaces with a mix of equal parts vinegar and water. You can also unclog your shower head by screwing off the head and placing it in a basin filled with vinegar.
Save your Brillo pads
OK, we know a box of Brillo isn't a fortune. But you can go through them rather quickly because they start to rust. Luckily, Thrifty Fun <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf39459661.tip.html" target="_blank">found a way to save them</a>: Just put them in a plastic bag and freeze 'em until the next use.
Prevent nasty sponges
Again, sponges don't cost an arm and a leg, but once they become moldy and smelly, you have to throw them out. In order to prolong a sponge's life, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/24/kitchen-sponges-cleaning-tip_n_2939441.html" target="_blank">just attach it to a binder clip</a>. This device holds the sponge upright, preventing it from sitting in water and allowing it to air-dry pretty fast.
Sand instead of paper towels
If you've been using paper towels solely for cleaning up big spills (that's what our moms taught us to do), then you're in luck. You won't have to buy them anymore if you just <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-barnes/repurposing-ideas-5-new-uses-sand_b_2005438.html" target="_blank">sprinkle a little sand on the liquid</a> and sweep it up.
Make your own bug spray
Our blogger Bruce Lubin recommends <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lubin/repel-bugs-naturally_b_3376267.html" target="_hplink">DIYing your own bug spray</a>. Since the main ingredient is usually alcohol, Lubin suggests mixing one part of rubbing alcohol and four parts water into a spray bottle.
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