Aug 6 2015

TBT: Grandma’s Old School Cleaning Tips Pt. 1

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Whether it was World War II or the Vietnam era, our grandparents learned valuable lessons on staying frugal. They learned how to clean, preserve and repair without having to buy commercialized brands that we’ve grown accustomed to.

This Throwback Thursday, we’re bringing old school cleaning tips that your grandparents innovated in their time without breaking the bank.

Cleaning Your Oven without the Foul Smell

Hate that powerful oven-cleaner smell? Here’s a great alternative: Mix one box of baking soda (about 500g) with 1/4 cup of washing soda. Wet the floor and walls of the oven with a wet rag and sprinkle the mixture on the surface. Repeat and leave overnight. In the morning, wipe the mixture and grease away. Rinse well to remove the residue. Any remaining baked-on stains? Use salt on an abrasive pad to get it out.

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Cut down on Paper Towels

Over time, paper towels become very expensive. We use them so often with basically every mess. It really adds up. So instead of using a paper towel, you could use an old rag that you can wash, or if you have newspapers you’re about to toss out, they can also serve as a decent clean up tool.

Dish Need a Long Soaking?

Instead of letting it sit in your sink overnight, you could put the dish over a pot or pan of hot water and let itsteam for a few minutes. Steaming will loosen it up much quicker.

Can’t Go Wrong with Lemons

Lemons are one of nature’s greatest cleaners. Not to mention their wonderful smell. Clean brass and copper by sprinkling salt on a lemon half and rubbing it on the metal and rinse thoroughly. If you have food stains, rub lemon juice on the spots and let it dry in the sun. Then wash as normally. Same process removes food smells out of wooden spoons. And to reiterate, lemons smell fantastic.

Borax is your Best Friend

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Add it to liquid dish soap and clean the fridge shelves. You can sprinkle it around the house to prevent insects; dilute it and spray to remove mildew from your home. You could pour it into your toilet and let it sit overnight, swish with a brush and flush to get rid of the stains. You can also clean countertops and walls with half of a cup of Borax in a gallon of hot water, putting it into a spray bottle and then wiping down with a damp cloth. There are hundreds of different uses, techniques and styles of cleaning all with Borax. This is grandma’s secret ingredient. Trust us.

Happy #ThrowbackThursday from your friends at CrucialVacuum. Hope these old school cleaning tips help!