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TODAY   |  January 24, 2014

Clever uses for coffee filters, socks and more

Woman’s Day senior editor Taryn Mohrman shares ingenious ways to use items around your house, including using socks to move furniture, coffee filters to protect pots and pans, and sponges to hydrate houseplants.

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>>> finally, a reason to keep all those extra unmatched socks you've got piled up in the laundry room.

>> clever uses for everyday items. and here to show us how to pull triple duty around the house is tara.

>> good morning.

>> good to see you.

>> we start with those orphan socks, and you say a good use is to actually help move furniture.

>> you're pregnant --

>> i am. i'm going to let you guys do the heavy sliding. if you put a few fuzzy socks on the bottom of your furniture legs, you can glide the piece instead of picking it up. you want to give it a try?

>> heave.

>> it's as easy as that. and make sure you take them off before company comes later.

>> good thought.

>> next, soothing sore muscles.

>> we'll make a homemade heating pad, something i'm sure a lot of people could use. we're going to take a stretchy sock and leave a couple started here. we're going to fill it with uncooked rice, use a funnel and scooper, and add some essential oil or dried lavender if you want to make it nice and relaxing. and then you tie it in a knot. you pop it in the microwave and you're going to heat it in 20-second increments until it's warm and kick back and relax on the couch.

>> that's a great idea.

>> works wonderfully. you're going to fill it up with rice and that will keep it hot.

>> how about keeping the car dry.

>> you've got this wet umbrella, i throw it on the floor and before i know it, there's a puddle. take a sock, something super absorbent and put it in there and create a sleeve, that will keep everything nice and dry, roll it up after, keep it in your glove box for another rainy day .

>> good idea. how about coffee filters?

>> well, they have tons of perks. and this one, a lot of us think about how we wash them, what utensils we use, but how you store them is just as important. we're recommending you take a couple coffee filters and flatten them between pots and pans as you stack, and that will prevent dings and dents.

>> next one is to clean glass.

>> they're also good for cleaning for glass mirrors, even eyeglasses, and it's because unlike paper towels and tissues, even some cleaning cloths, they don't leave behind lint. nice, really --

>> leaving you with shine.

>> okay.

>> blotting away oil.

>> not all shine is great, as we know, especially when it comes to your face. so we've cut these coffee filters into 2-inch wide strips to blot away oil. this is a cheap solution. you can throw it in your bag, just a little blotting.

>> getting a lot of make-up. okay. good idea there.

>> sorry, sponges.

>> sponges. so they absorb so much moisture. we're going to harness that benefit to help hydrate your house plants . take a sponge, trim it to the sides of your pot, toss it in the bottom and top it with some soil. your plant like you normally would. and if you forget to water it one day or two like i normally do, hopefully it'll keep it healthy and hydrated. we've turned sponges into an ice pack , saturate them with water, throw them in the freezer overnight and then they come out nice and frozen, something you can put in your kids' lunch, nice, quick solution, ease bump and is bruises with it. and if they forget it on the lunch table, it'll only cost you 50 cents .

>> and you can clean up, too.

>> i hate a pedicure smudge more than anything.

>> if you take a sponge and cut it length wise and you make toe separators you can use and alexandra has been putting them to the test. they're working. and if you need to freshen up, throw them in the top rack of your dishwasher.

>> great uses for everyday items.