The more technology and science develops, the more we seem to turn back to look at the times when everything was simpler and more natural. And get ready for an unpopular opinion here: some of the things of the past actually were and worked better than their modern-day alternatives. For example, ask your grandma how she cleaned the house. Sure, sweeping must have been much more tiring than using a robot vacuum cleaner, but the cleaning products she used had less negative health impact on the whole family. Why? Because most of them came straight from nature and did the job to a professional cleaning standard. Today, we introduce to you 10 cleaning hacks that your grandma may have forgotten to share with you.
1. Clean the Mirrors
Back in the day, glass cleaners weren’t so popular, especially in small households. What women used to clean mirrors with is onions. Yes, that’s right. They used to rub half an onion on the mirror surface and it did a sparkling job! What about the nasty smell you’d say. Smart housewives from the past had a solution for that too! They wiped the mirrors off with water mixed with baking soda. No stains, no unpleasant odours.
2. Remove Water Stains from Wood
Water stains on your favourite oak dining table are pretty annoying, aren’t they? Here is a golden tip you can use to get rid of them. Squirt a little bit of toothpaste (non-gel one) on a cotton cloth and rub it against the wooden surface in circular motions. Wipe off with the clean side of the cloth and just like magic, the stains are gone.
3. Polish Wooden Furniture
Modern wood polishing products very often contain parabens, which have been proven to cause health issues with humans and some pets. Chances are, your grandma used a much more natural solution for having gleaming wooden furniture. It includes oil and lemon juice. Half a cup of oil is mixed with ¼ a cup of lemon juice. Put it in a spray bottle and there you have your very own completely natural wood polisher.
4. Carpet Cleaning
Guess what, your grandma had to clean her carpets and most probably, she didn’t have a professional cleaner coming to her house to do it for her. A brilliant carpet cleaning hack features 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. If you have a carpet cleaning machine, pour it into it and stroll away. If you really want to do it the old-fashioned way, scrub the stains gently with the solution. To eliminate the odour, sprinkle some baking soda over and leave it for a few hours then remove it with the vacuum cleaner.
5. Get Rid of Grease
You don’t need any toxic cleaning products to remove grease from the kitchen counter and other surfaces. It can be achieved with baking soda alone. Put it on a damp cloth and scrub the area, then wipe off with another clean damp cloth. That’s all!
6. Unclog the Shower Drain
The shower drain often gets blocked with hair and other particles. Instead of using chemicals to fix the problem, you can revert to an old-fashioned cleaning hack. Warm 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave, then pour 1 cup of baking soda down the clogged drain followed by the hot vinegar. A reaction with fizz will occur and your drain will be unclogged.
7. Clean the Bathtub
Shower gels and soaps leave stains after use on the bathtub. The good news is there is an easy and natural way of removing those. Use lemon juice and a scrubbing brush. All will be gone within 10 minutes.
8. Freshen up the Garbage Bins
Eliminate unpleasant smells from the garbage disposal by throwing a couple of lemon peels inside. It’s really that simple. If there has been dirt and liquid in the bins, first make sure you give them a good wash and rinse with warm water.
9. No More Smelly Laundry
Dirty socks and sweaty sports kits can smell pretty bad. Sometimes you don’t have time to wash these right away, so to avoid the unpleasant odour, sprinkle a little baking soda on the laundry until you get a minute or two to put it in the washing machine and spin it.
10. Disinfect your home
One of the most important parts of domestic cleaning is sanitising and disinfecting the home. For years a lot of us have used bleach and other heavily-toxic chemicals to kill germs and bacteria. These have an extremely negative impact on our health. If you ask your grandma, how she did it back in the day. We will take a guess – alcohol. Alcohol has strong sanitising powers because of the high content of spirit. Much healthier solution than a commercial cleaning product!
Do you have any more vintage cleaning hacks? Share them with us in the comments! Meanwhile, spread the word about this article on your social media channels so that more people can benefit from healthy cleaning solutions.