Grandmas know best when it comes to cleaning. With my grandma, two things were always guaranteed, a sparkling clean house, and a plate of fresh-baked cookies. As a person that’s a bit messier, I found it amazing that they were able to keep the whole home so nice and tidy.
But it’s not only about being messy or not; it’s about knowing the right tricks to get the job done. Today we need professionals or tools to help us with everything. Well, if you’re interested in doing your home cleaning on your own or you simply want to save up, here are some hacks straight out of grandma’s oven.
Clean Coffee Stains With Ease
As soon as you spill coffee on something, take the item and rinse it with cold water after you’ve done that, grab your dish soap and rub it on the spilled area. If you have a strong liquid soap, put as little as you can.
Rinse the soap away and soak it nicely with vinegar you’ve previously diluted nicely with water. Then put the item into the washing machine or wash it with your hands. It’s as simple as that, and it works every time.
Make Your Own Surface Cleaner
Since we are talking about vinegar, let’s see how you can use it. If you want to avoid buying expensive and let’s face it, sometimes harmful surface cleaners, you can quickly make a cleaning solution for your entire home.
The recipe is simple:
- 1/3 of white vinegar (distilled)
- 2/3 of water
- A squeeze of lemon
You can use this cleaning formula for floors, bathrooms, and kitchens. If you want to clean sinks, whiten grout, and other similar spots, add a bit of baking soda into the mix and make sure to rinse the area you cleaned with it.
Clean From the Highest Point Down
Do you clean your home but notice almost minutes later that there’s still dust in some areas? This just simple physics grandmas knew well. When you clean the bottom first, the areas above will spray dust and other particles down.
This is why you should start from the top and slowly work your way down. On the other hand, if your TV or floor quickly gets dusted, you might want to consider cleaning the ceiling as it could have large amounts that are falling down over time.
How Are Your Wooden Surfaces so Shiny Grandma?
One of the oldest tricks in grandmas’ book is the combination of olive oil and lemon. No matter how dull and old your wooden furniture, chairs, or other surfaces might be, this combination will rejuvenate it and give it that old spark. It’s easy to make, just mix in:
- 1/3 of lemon juice
- 2/3 of olive oil
This combination restores the natural beauty of the wood while showcasing its grain depth. You can use this solution for hardwood floors as well, but you will need to make a larger amount.
Hand Washing Curtains
If you have curtains that need to be dry washed, but you don’t have a machine that can do this, you might be in a pickle. Instead of looking for a brand new washer, you can wash the curtains by hand.
You can also make your own detergent quickly. Combine a clean bar soap with washing soda, lemon essential oil, and vinegar. Then gently rub your curtains to make sure you don’t damage that fabric.
Make Your Pots and Pans Shine
Even the best store cleaning products can often be useless against old stains on pots and pans. It might sound strange, but in the past, people added baking soda to warm water to clean these stains.
No matter what you might think of it, the important thing is that it works! Just use some rough sponge to scrub away all these stubborn stains. You can also use the same method for cleaning utensils.
Cleaning the Counter
You don’t need expensive sprays or special wipes to clean the counter. With half the grapefruit juice squeezed out and a handful of salt combined, you can easily make your counter areas shine. Use a sponge to scrub the surface a bit and then use hot water to rinse it away.
You don’t need to buy special products that cost a lot and contain harmful chemicals. With a bit of effort, you can make your home shine like your grandma used to.