Grandma knows best. From baking to cleaning almost everything in the earlier days were done from scratch/materials around the home. Before boxed cake and dinner mixes were widely available, your grandma was most likely cooking up homemade meals from the garden and making cookies with fresh milk and eggs. Your grandma was also most likely taught how to keep a clean home. In what I like the call the ‘simpler days’, before they had powerful chemical sprayers and detergents, a lot of easy and cost-effective, natural remedies were used around the modern household to keep everything safe and clean. Read through this article and then take a look through your cupboards, you will be surprised at all the many cheaper, greener options sitting around!
Grandmas best cleaning methods:
- Instead spending your money on chemical degreasers, soak your burnt pots and pans in bicarbonate soda (baking soda) over night. By morning, the stains should easily wash off.
- Stop soaking your stinky boards in bleach. Instead, rub half a lemon across the cutting board to dissolve any stinky smells.
- Never buy dishwasher rinse again! Instead of using chemical rinsing agents to achieve a spot-free clean on your dishes, get the same results with 1-1/2 cups of white vinegar. Simply add vinegar to rinse compartment.
- Clean your toilet without harsh chemicals, instead prep your toilet by flushing it to wet all sides of the bowl, then sprinkle borax around the toilet bowl with a drizzle of vinegar. let sit over night.
- Make your fabrics soft and fluffy by adding 1/4 cup baking soda to a filled washer BEFORE clothes are added. During the final rinse cycle, add 1/2 cup white vinegar into softener dispenser.
and last but not least (you will definitely have this laying around)
- Next time you catch yourself dripping mustard on your clothing or anything else that is known to stain, immediately douse your stain with salt before washing out the stain. The salt will absorb the liquid taking most of the stain with it. After clothing is dry simply wipe away the salt.