Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have hidden superpowers.

And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. There are cult followings of vinegar and duct tape. Entire tomes have been written about the virtues of baking soda. We scoured cleaning guides, magazines and the Internet, along with asking our friends, moms and grandmothers to find the best double-duty ideas. The next time you stain a shirt, smell something funky or think about tossing an old banana peel, check our 112 extraordinary uses first. Not only will you be going green, you'll be saving some green.

— By Aisha Sultan

This story originally ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 24, 2009.