New Uses for Everyday Things

Spring! Spring? Time to come out Spring! Aaaaaanybody seen Spring?!?

Well, my Two Maids & A Mop friends, according to my calendar we are on day 18 of Spring.  However, I am seriously starting to think that someone forgot to tell Spring it was time for her to show up!

Where I am, we would normally be pulling out the shorts and sandals by now.  However, this crazy Not Spring weather still has most of us in sweaters and boots. This is not okay! I need my pretty flowers, buzzing bees and chirping birds!

Not Spring, you are my Not Favorite!

To deal with my Not Spring blues, I came up with a plan.  Since Spring is all about new beginnings and new birth, I decided to do a little research and find new ways to use some of the everyday items in my life. Sure, it’s not as impressive as sprouting a pretty flower from a little ol’ seed…but it may be just as rewarding. I mean, being able to see something in a new light, that’s impressive right?

Take a look at the list below and see if it helps you kick the Not Spring blues too!


I love to buy lemons (and any other bright fruit!) and place them around the house for a colorful and inexpensive decoration. However, these little guys want the world to know they are more than just a pretty face! They can be used in a ton of different ways.

I found that they can brighten dingy whites in the laundry, for example. I just add in a ½ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup of baking soda to the wash cycle of a normal-size laundry load. Then I simply run the wash as normal and voila! Brighter whites!

My research also found that lemons are great for sanitizing and removing tough food stains. ‘Have a dirty chopping board? Just cut a lemon in half and rub it over the surface of the board to disinfect and let it air dry.

Have left-over spaghetti stains on your favorite plastic bowl? It seems this is a thing of the past with lemons around. You just squeeze lemon juice on the stain, give it a good rub and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Follow this up with a good rinse and your plastic wear should look as good as new!


I admit, I used to be against dryer sheets. Some of them can leave a pretty thick buildup on your clothes over time and in turn trap in stains. However, the static my family was experiencing in their clothes was getting out of hand. (I figured it was time to do something when I had a child in tears from sock shock!). So, I decided to give dryer sheets another try. And yay me, I found a lighter, less thick dryer sheet and so far, I’m happy!

These light little guys not only help with static in your clothes and hair they are also great for a ton of other uses. You can use them to dust your blinds and other surfaces. (Note: be sure to find the sheets that aren’t super thick, or you may leave a film). Grab a dryer sheet to remove lint and fur from clothes or furniture. Some folks even use them to get rid of soap scum from their shower doors. I’ve known people to use them to freshen up smelly shoes or as sachets in dressers. Talk about being multi-functional!


Baking soda, is there anything this stuff can not do? This household item is so inexpensive you can use it literally in all parts of your home and on yourself!

Mix it with a little shampoo to remove residue from your hair. Make a paste and gently use it as an exfoliator for your face or as a nice soak for your tired feet.  Use it once a week to brush and help whiten teeth.

And when you are finished using it from your head to toe, go ahead and move to your house – use an open box to refresh your refrigerator and pantry, mix with vinegar and dish soap as a stain remover for set in stains on clothes, mix with vinegar and slowly pour over a clogged drain.

                             I really could go on and on. Way to go Baking Soda! Way to be such a hard worker!


Vinegar is a close runner-up for the Hardest Working Everyday Item award. This stuff is very cost-effective and can do wonders around the house too!

It can be used in the kitchen to deodorize a garbage can, clean the coffee maker, the microwave, and the dishwasher. You can also mix it with equal parts water and spray on counters and in the refrigerator to clean and deodorize surfaces. The same can be done in dirty bathrooms!

When combined with baking soda vinegar becomes even more amazing. This dynamic duo can remove stains from clothes and carpets (always test a small area first for color safety), as an abrasive cleaning agent on bathtubs and showers, and to clear clogged drains, as mentioned above.  I mean, put these two together and you’ll feel like there’s nothing you can’t tackle!

So, take that Not Spring! You won’t get us down!

Sure, a bunch of lemons and a box of baking soda aren’t as amazing as a warm Spring day full of budding flowers and singing birds.  But, Real Spring will show up before too long though. So, in the meantime we may as well put to good use some of these new ideas for everyday things. This way we’ll be all shiny and smelling good when Real Spring finally does decide to make her debut.

If you want help with your Not Spring or your Real Spring cleaning, we would love to help out! Give your local Two Maids & A Mop a call today!

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