Our grandparents must be very creative in household cleaning techniques back then. During their time, there were few fancy cleaning products or devices that could help them. Some of the techniques have been lost in time. We want to bring back these household tips that we learned from our grannies.
- Use DIY window cleaner
We can actually make our own cleaning sprays from the ingredients that we mostly have around our homes. This mixture will keep your windows clean and streak-free. You only need a 1.5 cups of water, 1.5 tbsp of white vinegar, same amount of rubbing alcohol and 3 drops of peppermint oil. Mix all the ingredients and spray on your windows and mirrors. You can then wipe with a lint-free cloth.
- Bring back Borax
Borax is a multipurpose cleaner that has been around perpetually and is inconceivably flexible. It is completely natural product that can clean and deodorize your home. You can mix it in your regular washing powder to remove stubborn stains from your clothes. It can also help you clean your walls, toilet, sofa and it can also be used a non-toxic mould remover.
- Defeat shower head limescale
Showering was less common than taking a bath in the early 20th century. Showers become popular in the 1930s. Back then, showerheads mostly clog up with limescale like it does now. Our grannies used to dunk the shower head in a pail of white wine vinegar with lemon oil and leave overnight. They simply brush the loosened limescale the next day.
- Natural shoe-deodoriser
If you have stinky shoes, use this grannies’ method. Fill your extra pair of socks with a combination of coarsely squashed dried herbs and spices – any mixture of rosemary bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, orange peel, lemon peel, thyme, lavender, and pine needles. Tie the socks at the top and allow it to stay in the shoes between every wear for fresh smelling feet.
- Keep the air fresh
You can use 100% vanilla extract for deodorizing. It will give you a clean and fresh, not the chemical smell. Simply drench cotton balls with vanilla and put them in plants, or wipe one over a cold light bulb, when it starts to heat, it will smell great in your room. If you want a lasting cooking smell, you can simmer a few tablespoons of lemon juice in a pan.