Grandmothers know best: old-fashioned cleaning tricks that actually work! – Part 1

Grandmothers know bestOnce upon a time, when there weren’t tons of commercial cleaning detergents, our grandmothers managed to handle their domestic cleaning procedures by using natural and proven methods to deal with dirt and grimes. These old-fashioned ways are not only hazardous-free but they are effective and cheap at the same time. Check the cleaning tips that women used many years ago – maybe your grandma have already told you some of them!

  • Cleaning your oven is definitely not a chore you enjoy – scrubbing for hours in combination with specialised oven cleaners can be the worst part of your day for sure. These commercial cleaning products usually burn your eyes and you can’t escape the horrible smell that catches in the back of your throat. How our grandmothers managed to do that? There’s no doubt that you have heard about the amazing cleaning properties of baking soda – old-fashioned way to clean your oven is to make a paste of soda bicarbonate and water and apply it all over your oven. Leave it overnight and wipe the residue with a damp cloth.

  • This grandma’s advice may sound weird to you at first – you should always wash your walls from the bottom to the top. Probably you are wondering why – the explanation is simple – washing your walls from top to bottom will leave streaks as the water will run down and when your wall eventually dries out you will notice them.

  • A recipe for all natural floor cleaner that was used by our grandmothers is a pine floor cleaner. You will need half a cup of soap flakes, a cup of salt, a quarter cup of washing soda and two cups of water. Put the ingredients in a pot or a saucepan, heat them until the dissolve and let the mixture cool down. In order to provide a fresh scent to your homemade cleaning product, you should add 2 tablespoons of pine essential oil. Stir everything and use about 3 tablespoons in a bucket filled with hot water to disinfect your floors. After that mop the floor with clean water – your sparkling floor will look as if professional domestic cleaners just left your house!

  • You sure remember the horror of finding a gum in your hair – emergency short haircuts are the common outcome when you don’t have a solution for this problem. However, in order to avoid these unexpected consequences you are advised to try one of these grandma’s advice – use peanut butter or ice. If you choose to try the peanut butter method you should cover the whole gum with it – the oil it contains will dissolve the gum and you will be able to comb your hair in a minute and take it out of your hair. If you choose to try the ice method you should freeze the gum for about 10 minutes – you will notice when it’s hard enough and will be able to glide off of your hair.

  • How to make your carpets fresh in a natural way? Lavender is known for many years to have both nice aroma and great sanitising properties. Crush half a cup of lavender flowers and mix them with a cup of baking soda and generously sprinkle on the carpet. Let is for about 30 minutes and vacuum the residue. Baking soda will absorb any lingering odours and lavender will freshen and improve the overall condition of your carpet. However, if your carpet has stubborn stains you can always book a professional carpet cleaning procedure – our grandmothers didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of such services back then!

  • Cleaning chopping boards and aluminum pans was all done naturally back in the days. A method we can steal from our grandmothers is to rub half a lemon on the board in order to sanitise it and remove any smell – you know the struggle when you have just chopped garlic. What about the dull aluminum pans? To restore their shine in a natural way you should put 2 sticks of rhubarb and pour plenty of water. Simmer this for about half an hour, rinse with cold water and dry – you will see how shiny your pans will be!

  • How to remove mildew? When you deal with mildew on light-coloured clothes and items, your granny would advise you to try washing the fabric in soapy warm water and then apply a paste of 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts salt. Place the clothing in the sun and rinse after few hours. Have in mind that this method is not suitable for dark clothes as the acidic lemon juice may bleach them.

  • Smelly shoes are a problem that can’t be overlooked. What our grandmothers did when there weren’t any commercial deodorising shoe products? Fill two old socks with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 3 tablespoons baking soda and some dried crushed herbs such as bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, whole cloves. Tie each sock at the top and place them in your shoes – leave them  there in between wearing.

Now you know these grandmother’s precious tips – having them up your sleeve can help you in a lot of your household chores!

For more useful tips you can read Grandmothers know best: cleaning tricks that actually work! – part 2

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