32 Products That Actually Have Better Uses Than Their Intended Functions.

One of my favourite parts of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the theory that Windex works great for removing acne. What a random thing to claim, and yet, as the movie shows, it clearly works! Sometimes you come across solutions in the randomest of places, but as long as it works, who cares what it started off as. Obviously we know that Windex doesn't actually work for acne, but there ARE some products that can work super well for something it wasn't intended for. 

People on Reddit were asked: "What product has a better use than its intended function?" These are some of the best answers.

They were never intended to produce distortion, but a whole genre of music was born by "misusing" them!


Viagra WAS intended to help treat high blood pressure.


I always keep them in my purse because I can use them to cut SO. MANY. THINGS. Little plastic tags on new clothes, zip ties, or even yarn when you want to knit on a plane and they don't let you have scissors!


Hair conditioner works better as shaving foam than some brands of shaving foam.


Reddit for market research.


I'm a cable technician, and I find myself outdoors in all manor of conditions. I keep a paint can opener in my vehicle to get mud, dog crap, and rocks out of the treads of my boots. Way better than the stick that breaks. Now, I keep one in my personal vehicle for when we take the dogs out to the park.


Originally designed to be used for seismic analysis, it has been used in the making of hit songs in the last 20 years.

Wether or not it's a strictly better use depends on how you look at it, I guess.


Meant for cleaning tobacco pipes. More often used in a million craft projects.


The Hiatchi Magic Wand was originally intended as a back massager, now is one of the worlds most successful intimate vibrators.


My cellphone works better as a way to browse the internet than it does a phone. I basically never call anyone on it. 


Newspapers are really good for cleaning windows.


Silly String is used by soldiers to detect tripwires.


Originally, gasoline was a byproduct of making kerosene. Dunno if it counts but byproducts don't usually have an intended use.


Apparently its original intention was for keeping stuff warm, like clothes or food. As far as I know, I've only ever seen it used as storage for pots, pans and other baking equipment.


Apparently it was originally used as a lining for industrial waste but obviously now makes a good wetsuit (and has many other industrial uses).


Apparently, Coke has some amazing cleaning purposes. Lime stains, water rings, oil stains in the driveway, just Google or Youtube it.


I bought a really good quality one to use as a back scratcher.


Nair gives me chemical burns when I try to use it on my skin, but I keep a few bottles around for unclogging my bathroom drains. I mean, it WAS designed to dissolve hair at their roots...


I bought one once for it's intended purpose of listening to music, but then when I realized how small they actually are, they've pretty much became one of my favorite tools for office pranking and shenanigans:

1. Record a co-worker's desk phone ringing, place the speaker behind their phone, and then start playing the ring tone over it. 

2. Electronic whoopee cushion.

3. Hide it in an inconspicuous place in an otherwise open area, then play a whispering voice "Hey , look over here" as people walk by- great for people who believe in ghosts!

4.  If someone keeps a door closed normally, hide it as close to the door as possible, then play knocking sounds

5. Hide it in a cubicle/office and just play random, loud sound effects


Petroleum jelly was a nuisance substance when drilling oil, until the workers were noticed using it on their hands to prevent cracking from the hard conditions of their job.


When Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman was tinkering in the lab developing drugs to treat post-partum hemorrhaging his fingers touched a bit of LSD-25 and the world began to shimmer: I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense kaleidoscopic play of colours, he wrote in his diary. On 19 April 1943, a day known as Bicycle Day, he decided to experiment with 0.25mg of the drug before riding home by bicycle. The world melted, and the psychedelic drug was discovered.


Sealable sandwich bags (Ziploc design, not the foldover ones) are great waterproof bags for phones. You can use your phone in the bath!


Royal Dansk tins as sewing kits. It seems universal, every person I've spoken to, every ethnicity, age, culture--- they all know about it. Amazing.


Used to help pregnant mothers with morning sickness. Caused severe birth defects. 30+ years later used as chemo to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma. 


Melamine foam, AKA magic eraser sponges and Mr. Clean Magic Sponges.

Melamine foam was originally used as pipe insulation and soundproofing but was later discovered to clean surfaces like magic!


I was a medic in the Army.

Tampons were part of my regular trauma kit in the field because they were perfect for quickly plugging gunshot wounds.


Entertains animals for days, works as an amazing massage tool in physical therapy, protect your floors from chairs that scratch and more!


Pennies are far more useful for checking your tire treads and making souvenirs at the zoo than being used as currency.


I have fine, thin hair for a woman and using a hair dryer gives me split ends/frizzy hair every time. Instead, I use it to unfog the mirror after a shower. It works in like 10 seconds and won't fog up again while you have the bathroom door shut.


I never once used baby oil on my baby... but I use it to remove eye makeup whenever I wear eye makeup.


Use our selfie stick to hold phone while netflixin' in bed.


Silly Putty is great to clean your car. All the little crumbs and dust that sink into the console creases and door lock controls. Just press and pick it up, fold putty, repeat.



Some of this material has been edited for clarity.

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