Uncommon Uses for Common Things

by Cheria BrickhouseJune 21, 2018

To our surprise, there are multiple ways to use certain common household items in and around your home. Read on to see how dryer sheets, vinegar, lemon, and baking soda can help you save money, among other things. Do you know of some additional tips? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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There are multiple uses for everyday items around your home. Some may be uncommon, but the work like a charm. Let your savings bloom by following these tips to help you get a fresh start.

Dryer Sheets
Add a few drops of water to a used dryer sheet and wipe down faucets or to remove stubborn soap scum from glass shower doors.
Soak pots and pans with hot water and 1-2 new or used dryers sheets overnight for an easy wash the next day.

Lemon
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice on your cutting board, in your microwave, refrigerator shelves, mirrors, and windows to kill bacteria.
Clean your garbage disposal by grinding cut lemon pieces or rinds.
Brighten your laundry whites without bleach! Squeeze a quarter of a cup of lemon juice to a regular load of laundry to remove stains and whiten clothing.

Vinegar
Apply white vinegar to your tile, plastic shower curtains, and even on the bottom of rugs and carpet to remove and prevent mildew.
Brew vinegar in your coffee maker through one cycle to clean it. Rinse thoroughly by running water two more brew cycles.
*Check the appliance manufacturer’s notes on using cleaning vinegar before starting.

Baking Soda
Make a quarter of a cup of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a small glass bowl until it makes a paste. Rub it on your pots and pans to add a new sparkle!
Soak your stale sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water to disinfect and reuse.

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Cheria Brickhouse
Cheria is an aspiring homeowner and the Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. When she isn't working, she stays busy sewing, designing, and diving into all sorts of DIY projects.