When we are young we take for granted the small things our parents do for us. From making sure we get to school on time, making us dinner and bringing us everywhere we needed to go, they were always there to take the lead. One thing so many children always take for granted is the fact that their parents kept up the house – they keep it clean, organized and safe for us to grow up in. Once we are the adults, we tend to look back and remember all of the hard work our parents put into these things. Sometimes, we remember how they went about doing them. One thing I always thought about was some of the techniques my mom and grandmother would use to clean their homes. Some of them have really stood the test of time, and I now use them in my own home. Here are a few old-fashioned household tips that are handed down from our elders that actually work:
Polishing the Family Silver
Hauling out the family silver for Christmas or any other family gathering can be a lot of fun and nostalgic for grandparents, kids and grandkids alike. Who didn’t love seeing grandma’s famous Thanksgiving turkey on the fancy silver tray every Thanksgiving? What you probably didn’t think about was how she kept that things so darn clean? Well, one tried and true way to keep the family silver collection is by scrubbing it with toothpaste. You heard me right…toothpaste. Take a simple white toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and using circular motions polish away all of the tarnish. Be sure to use plain, white toothpaste, none of the fancy gels or striped kind! After you finish cleaning the silver, rinse all of the toothpaste off with warm water and use a microfiber hand towel to dry everything so it doesn’t dry with any streaks on it. Voila! The family silver that has been handed down from God knows when is clean, pretty and ready to use for the next big gathering!
Clean Your Carpets with Actual Flowers
Do you have a favorite flower scent that you have readily available to use? For example, lilacs, lavenders, roses or tulips? Got some baking soda? Good! In a separate cup or bowl put 1 cup of baking soda. In another bowl, take your favorite flower (the amount you will use with vary depending on the flower) and crush the petals as much as possible. Make sure they are in tiny pieces! Be sure you have about a ½ cup to 1 cup of flower petals. Once you have them crushed, mix them together with the baking soda. Bring the container with the mixture into your carpeted areas and sprinkle it generously onto the carpet. Allow it to settle on the carpet for 45-60 minutes. Finally, vacuum up the mixture and enjoy your fresh smelling house!
Put Those Old Newspapers To Good Use
If you are still someone that buys a hard copy of the newspaper, save them until you have a good tall stack. You can use them to clean your glass surfaces and windows! All you need is a simple squirt bottle full of equal parts water and vinegar. Using the spritz function on the spray bottle, lightly coat the glass surface you want to clean. Next, take one of your saved newspapers and in a circular motion use the paper to wipe off the water. Newspaper leaves a streak-free surface on glass! This is not only an environmentally friendly way of cleaning your glass surfaces but also very economical!
Use Vinegar and Lemon to Prep Your Microwave for Cleaning
In a microwave safe bowl, put a cup of water, 1/2 a cup of vinegar and a splash or two of lemon juice. Place the bowl into your dirty microwave and zap it for about 5 minutes. This may sound nuts, but the ingredients in the bowl and the heat from the microwave will work together to loosen all of that caked on nastiness that’s coated the walls of your microwave for far too long! After you finish this process, take a damp washcloth and wipe off the loosened gunk. You’ll have a super clean microwave without doing half of the work!