12 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub.

Vick’s has been making it’s mentholated topical ointment – VapoRub – since 1905, and it’s covered the chests and ticklied the nostrils of North America ever since.

And, like most good things, it’s plenty good for all other sorts of uses. Dumb Little Man has assembled a fine list of twelve.

1.  Decongest Your Chest

2. On Your Tootsies

3. Achy Breaky Muscles

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching

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12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel.


Studiopatro is a San Francisco design studio that creates amazing typographic, nature, and geometric-inspired tea towel. Their work is so beautiful you’ll want to do way more than simply dry dishes, and thankfully, they’ve offered twelve ideas to use tea towels in your life and decor.

  • Easy apron
  • Frame-able art
  • Line your tea tray
  • Protect your tender hands 
  • Dry fresh greens
  • Create a cushion
  • Give as gifts
  • Wrap as gift wrap
  • Line your bread basket
  • As a napkin or table cloth
  • As a placemat or table runner
  • Wrap a wine bottle

Check out the amazing photos of the suggestions here. Continue Reading

How To: Create an Art Easel from a Pair of Recycled Crutches

I know this is weird, but when I was a kid, I longed to break my ankle or a foot so I could walk around on crutches. I know, I know, but the kids always got to leave class early, and everyone did all these nice things like carry their lunch tray….


Had I broken something, and were there a pair of 12-year-old crutches in my parents’ basment, I’d probably make one of these: an easel. Continue Reading

Top 10 Clever Uses for Fingernail Polish

10. Gauge a bucket. Buckets usually have measured lines inside them, but they’re oftentimes illegible when viewed from above. Make those inside lines visible by marking them with a brush stroke of contrasting nail polish.

9. Pre-set a shower temp. Find your favorite water temperature, turn off the water and then mark the settings by putting a bit of polish on the stationary ring of the knob/knobs so you don’t have to fiddle with it in the mornings. Continue Reading