Clever uses for sandpaper

Sandpaper is an item most people have hiding in their utility room or garden shed – it’s versatile, inexpensive and incredibly useful. 

It’s not just for DIY projects. Sandpaper can be used dozens of clever ways around the home. Here’s some of our favourites:

Sharpen sewing needles

When your sewing needles get dull, you need not throw them away. Poke a hole through fine-grit sandpaper with your needle, or rub inside a piece of folded sandpaper lightly to make them sharp again.

Sharpen scissors

If your scissors are no longer as crisp as they once were, try cutting through a piece of fine grit sandpaper a few times. It will sharpen the edges and help make your scissors as good as new.

Break-in slippery shoes

If you have a pair of new shoes or heels with slick soles, rubbing them with sandpaper is a quick and simple way to break them in and help prevent you from slipping.

Open a jar

If you’re struggling to get a firm grip on a hard-to-open jar lid, try using a piece of sandpaper with the grit-side facing down. It will help you get extra hold and open the lid more easily.

Remove pulls from jumpers

You can remove pulls from your favourite jumpers by using sandpaper. Rub carefully in one direction to remove pulls.


Do you know any clever uses for sandpaper? Share your wisdom in the comments below. 




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