Grandmothers know best: cleaning tricks that actually work! – part 2

house-cleaning-tips-2One article was just not enough to reveal you all of the tricks we can learn from our grandmothers – now it’s time for part 2! No matter that some serious advances in the world of house cleaning has been welcomed, there are some certain tasks that you can still perform the way your grandma did. These old-fashioned methods have proved to be successful over the years and never needed improving upon. What makes them the better option? These grandmother’s cleaning remedies are better for our health, environment and bank account. Not buying commercial products full of chemicals and hazardous substances will improve the overall condition of your household. Read on and check these tips out!

  • One of the trickiest spots that should be cleaned in your house is the ceiling fan, particularly its blades. Next time you start cleaning them don’t shower yourself with dusty rain. To efficiently get rid of the dust use a pillowcase. Stretch it over the fan blade and wipe off the dust inside of the case – you will catch all of it and can simply dump it in the trash after that. Smart move, Grandma!

  • Cleaning-your-BathroomIf you prefer hand-washing the dishes you definitely should use a gentle but efficient and strong detergent. The store bought cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals that can harm your hands after continuous use. A recipe that is proven to be effective is this Grandma’s DIY dish-washing liquid gel. You will need a quarter cup soap flakes, two cups hot water, quarter cup glycerin and half a teaspoon lemon essential oil. Put the flakes in the water and bring them to boil – stir the mixture until the flakes have dissolved and let it cool to form a gel. Add the other ingredients and stir with a fork to break up the solution and pour it into a plastic bottle.

  • In the same line on thoughts you can make a fabric gel wash. It will do miracles and your clothing is guaranteed to come out fresh and clean. Again you will need one cup and a half borax, two cups soap flakes, six cups of water, half a cup of glycerin and two tablespoons lavender essential oil. The process is similar to the dish-washing gel – you should combine the soap flakes, borax and water in a saucepan and stir them until everything is dissolved. After that add the glycerin and when it has cooled down add the essential oil. Add one cup of it in your washing machine when you wash you clothes. For best result use warm or hot cycle on the washing machine.

  • What did our grandmothers do when there were no professional upholstery cleaning services back then? To clean their stained upholstery caused by food, spilled juices or coffee, they treated the stain with club soda. Another trick we can steal is to treat red wine spills and ink stains with hydrogen peroxide. However, there are certain stains such as grass and pet urine ones that are really problematic – they should be treated with a mixture of white vinegar and water. White vinegar will destroy the bacteria and remove any odours from your upholstery!

  • home-cleaning-tipsIt`s not necessary to run to the jeweller every time your silver belongings look dull. To sparkle up your jewelry use this old-fashioned trick – apply non-gel toothpaste and using an old toothbrush scrub the tarnish gently. Make sure you use a soft-bristle brush so you don`t damage your silver. Rinse the jewelry with lukewarm water afterwards and pat dry with a soft cloth. The result – shiny silver and few saved pounds on silver polish!

  • It`s a common scenario – burnt food ruining your pans or pots just because you got distracted while talking on the phone. However, no time for worries! Grandmother’s advice that we should follow is to rewet the burnt utensil and apply a thick layer of baking soda on it. Let it sit overnight and in the morning wipe the surface. This method also works for burnt food on your oven.

  • Not all of our grandparents lived wealthy so every time there was a chance they tried to save some money. Common thing that grandmas did is to cut in half the dish-sponges. This doesn’t mean that they were stingy – they just made the best of what they have. By cutting them not only you double their lifespan but they will be able to dry faster and won’t take so much space on your sink.

  • What’s the best way to make a protective polish for your furniture? Olive oil does miracles! Apply some olive oil on a soft cloth and buff your wooden furniture with it. After that using a clean soft rag wipe dry to achieve a glossy finish! Experienced domestic cleaners recommend adding few drops of lemon essential oil to the olive oil – not only you will have gleaming furniture but you whole house will be freshly-scented!

No one was born knowing how to deal with nasty spillages – this is why we should learn from the elderly members of our family whose experience can help us a lot. Our grandmothers are knowledgeable and we can definitely steal a trick or two from them!

If you forget first part of old-fashioned cleaning tricks you can read it here – Grandmothers know best: old-fashioned cleaning tricks that actually work! – Part 1

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