Aug 13 2015

TBT: Grandma’s Old School Cleaning Tips Pt. 2

Old School Cleaning Tips Woman sweeping

Throwback Thursday is back again, and we’ve got more Old School Cleaning Tips that your grandmother would be proud of. Our elders have devised amazing concoctions and obscure cleaning methods to do the best job while saving a buck from buying commercialized products.

So we at Crucial Vacuum will be sharing some of the tips our grandparents have taught us.

Freshen Your Shoes by Using Household Herbs

Old School Cleaning Tips Shoes

Having funky smelling shoes is inevitable. We all sweat, and we all like wearing our favorite pairs of shoes, but it becomes a real issue once you become too embarrassed to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home. Don’t worry though, there’s an easy way to deodorize your shoes with some common fresh-smelling herbs!

Fill a pair of socks with coarsely crushed dried herbs and spices. This may include: Rosemary, cinnamon sticks, orange peels, thyme, lavender, bay leaves, cloves, lemon peel, and pine needles. Tie the sock and insert into shoes between each wear to keep them smelling fresh and awesome. No more embarrassment!

Drainer Cleaner That Isn’t As Dangerous

Old School Cleaning Tips Drain

Whenever you pop open a bottle of Drano and the aroma permeates the air, you can smell how dangerous the fluid is. And when you pour it down the drain, that little voice in your head says, “what if there’s a hole in the pipe?” We understand the weariness of using a heavy duty drainer fluid, but we have a good alternative that is safer and made with your standard household ingredients.

Pour 3/4 of a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour 1/2 a cup of vinegar down the drain and immediately cover it. Leave it to sit for half an hour. After that, remove the cover and let hot water run down the drain for about 2-3 minutes. If the clog is persistent, repeat the steps again.

Use Strong Odor Herbs to Repel Insects

Old School Cleaning Tips Moth

Don’t you just hate when you’re looking for your favorite sweater, you pull it out, and there’s those pesky holes from a moth? Our grandmothers have taught us that they use powerful herbs to deter insects like moths from their clothing and other delicate articles that you may have in trunks and drawers.

Those herbs that really bother your olfactory system such as pepper, red-cedar chips, and tobacco serve as an excellent repellant for those insects. Just have these herbs tied in a little cloth bag to allow the aroma to seep through the cloth’s pores and save your sweaters from those damn tiny holes!

Giving Your Pine Floors that Lovely Shimmer

Old School Cleaning Tips pine floors

There’s a lot of wood floor cleaners you could buy at your store, but you could avoid spending a few bucks on one cleaner for just your pine floors. This concoction of standard household items, and simple cleaning process will really make your floors shine.

1/4 cup of washing soda with 1/2 cup of soap flakes, then add a mixture that has 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water heated until dissolved and cooled to lukewarm. After add 2 teaspoons of pine essential oil and stir well. Store this in a jar, and when you’re ready to clean, use two or three tablespoons in half a bucket of hot water to start cleaning . After cleaning, rinse the floor with half a bucket of clean water mixed with a cup of white vinegar.

Love Windex?

Old School Cleaning Tips Windex

Who doesn’t love Windex? It’s a very handy cleaner that we used for almost everything! However, we know how expensive it could be continually purchasing this wonder spray, so we have a great alternative. Windshield washer fluid serves the same exact purpose but at a cheaper cost. Buy it in bulk and refill old Windex containers with it.

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from your friends at CrucialVacuum. Hope these additional old school cleaning tips help save some money and add to your green cleaning!