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Bright Ideas · 9 Practical Uses For Sandpaper You’ll Want To Know About

9 Practical Uses For Sandpaper You’ll Want To Know About

From slippery shoes to germ-ridden cutting boards, sandpaper can fix all sorts of household problems!

I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to repurpose common household items, both for the creative challenge and because it’s important to me to use up things I already have at home before I commit to buying something new. There are tons of surprising uses for all sorts of household items, including the one we’ll be talking about today: sandpaper.

Those gritty sheets certainly come in handy for home improvement projects, but you’re only experiencing a fraction of how useful sandpaper can be if you only use it in your garage or workshop! Today I’ll be sharing 9 of the best ways you can put sandpaper to good use all around the house.

Enjoy, and I hope you find these uses for sandpaper as interesting and useful and interesting as I did! 🙂

9 Surprising Uses For Sandpaper Around The House

1. Sharpen Dull Scissors

Are your scissors just not cutting it any more? To sharpen dull scissor blades, take a sheet of fine-grit sandpaper and cut across it several times with your scissors.

Not only will the abrasive sandpaper restore your scissors to proper sharpness, but it will also help remove any grime or sticky residue that may be clinging to the blades!

2. Remove Pills From Upholstery And Clothing

Lightly brush a scrap of fine-grit sandpaper back and forth over pilled upholstery to whisk away unwanted fuzz balls. The same goes for fuzz balls on your sweaters and other clothing—a few light strokes with sandpaper in one direction will take care of them!

(If you want to use sandpaper to remove pills from a more delicate fabric, do a spot test in a hidden area first to see how the fabric holds up before proceeding.)

3. Remove Rust From Tools

Sandpaper can help you restore rusty hand tools to their former clean and functional state. The coarser the grit, the faster you’ll be able to remove the rust, but be aware that using too heavy a hand with coarse-grit sandpaper may result in scratch marks on your tools. (But I’d take scratch marks over rust any day!)

4. Improve The Traction Of New Shoes

Wearing a new pair of leather soled shoes can make any smooth surface feel as slippery as an ice rink. To improve the shoes’ traction and make it easier to stay on your feet, use a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper to scuff up the soles. It might just save you from taking a nasty spill!

5. Deter Cats From Scratching Or Spraying

If your cat has been scratching up the same part of your sofa or spraying in a particular area, a little sandpaper may be enough to deter them. Cats don’t like the gritty feeling of sandpaper against their sensitive paws, so they’re likely to avoid an area where sandpaper is present.

To use this to your advantage, attach scraps of sandpaper to the piece of furniture your kitty has been scratching. For spraying, arrange scraps of sandpaper on the floor in the area where they’ve been spraying.

6. Sharpen Dull Sewing Needles

Small pieces of sandpaper are perfect for sharpening dull sewing and embroidery needles. Poke dull needles through a piece of sandpaper a few times, or fold the sandpaper around the point of the needle and twist. Either way, your needles will be sharp again in no time!

7. Restore Scuffed Or Stained Suede

Remove scuff marks and ink stains from suede by gently rubbing a piece of fine-grit sandpaper against the fabric. Afterward, use an old toothbrush or nailbrush to bring up the nap. It’s quick, easy, and could save you a trip to the dry cleaner!

8. Maintain Wood Cutting Boards

The little nicks and divots your kitchen knife makes in your wood cutting board are prime real estate for bacteria. Sanding down the surface of your cutting board once a year or so can help eliminate those hiding places and keep your board more hygenic.

Use a fine-grit sheet of sandpaper and sand the surface of the board evenly. After sanding, wash the board with soap and water and then apply cutting board cream or some mineral oil moisturize and protect the wood. (This process also works well on wooden spoons and other utensils.)

9. Keep Slugs Away From Plants

Slugs making a feast of your potted plants? Put used sanding disks or sheets of sandpaper under the bases of your pots, ensuring that the sandpaper is wider than the base. For your garden, cut rings of sandpaper out of a sheet and slip them around the stems of tender young plants to keep slugs at bay.

Do you have a favorite unconventional use for sandpaper?

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    Hi, I’m Jillee!

    I believe we should all love the place we call home and the life we live there. Since 2011, I’ve been dedicated to making One Good Thing by Jillee a reliable and trustworthy resource for modern homemakers navigating the everyday challenges of running a household. Join me as I share homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make life easier so you can enjoy it more!

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