10 Green Cleaning Solutions From Grandma’s Time

There is a vast variety of cleaning products on the shelves of supermarkets, but they can not compete with solutions which have survived for many generations.

Of course, your grandmother’s generation knew how to easily clean a furnace or get rid of water stains on the armature – entirely without the need for any products with chemicals. Today, many of these useful cleaning tips have been forgotten because… well, women were given the opportunity to educate themselves, make money and conquer the world. 

But you’ve probably also tried to fight with some stubborn stain and end up calling your mother or grandmother. Lets try to have a look at some of the environment friendly cleaning methods that were used long before, OxiClean existed.

Here are 10 brilliant and environmentally friendly cleaning answers that a grandmother would give you. Use them, share them with your husband, boyfriend, housekeeping, well-behaved children and anyone else who dreams of a clean and chemical-free home.

1. How do I get the kitchen sink to shine again?

Grandmother’s advice: If your kitchen sink, bathroom sink or your bathtub has some brown spots that are not easy to get rid of, use a lemon and some salt. Cut the lemon halfway, remove any stones and dip the open end of the lemon in salt. Scrub the brown spots with the lemon. Bring more salt on when necessary.

2. How do I get the old sweat odor out of sportswear?

Grandmother’s advice: Fill a bowl of even water and white vinegar and put the smelly clothes in for at least 2 hours. Then wash the clothes in the washing machine. When the clothes are dry you will not be able to smell sweat or vinegar anymore.

3. How do I remove scratches in painted wooden tables or wooden floors?

Grandmother’s advice: If there are small scratches on a painted table or wooden floors, you can use a fresh walnut. Break the walnut and rub the nut over the scratch. Then wipe the whole table with a wet cloth and allow it to dry.

4. How do I remove hardened water from the tap?

Grandmother’s advice: Put an old T-shirt, cloth or piece of fabric in vinegar, and tie or place it around the tap. Allow the vinegar to enter for a couple of hours and then use a coarse sponge to scrub the remains away.

5. Why is my home full of dust, even though I regularly dust off?

Grandmother’s advice: If you have unexplained amounts of dust, you may need to learn to wash walls – as you did in grandmother’s time! At that time it was quite common that the walls were washed down in the spring and autumn.

Use a flat mop and environmentally friendly universal cleaning. Only dampen the cloth and pull it from the ceiling to the floor. Make sure each lane overlaps slightly so that you do not make stripes on the wall.

6. How do I avoid to scrub my oven grill?

Grandmother’s advice: Put the grill in a plastic bag together with a generous portion of brown soap. Close the bag and leave the grill in the brown soap overnight. After 24 hours, take out the grill and wash it with hot water. If it is not yet cleaned, the process can be repeated.

7. How do I remove stubborn calcium deposits in the toilet?

Grandmother’s advice: Time and vinegar is your best friend! The problem is just that the vinegar falls to the bottom of the toilet water and never gets time to work on the calcium deposits. Therefore make a mix of flour and vinegar. It must be so thick that it stays in the toilet and on the sides all night. The next morning you can scrub the lime off with the toilet brush.

8. How do I clean a radiator?

Grandmother’s advice: If you have a radiator in a tight place – for example under a window shade – you need a vacuum cleaner. Take out the vacuum cleaner bag and set the vacuum cleaner to blow out air rather than suck. 

Then start from the top of the radiator and blow the dust down. Afterward, you can vacuum the dust-up. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner that can blow air out, you can use a hairdryer.

9. How do I remove black shoe markings from a floor?

Grandmother’s advice: Take the children’s eraser and wipe them away. Is it a varnished wooden floor, you can then wash lightly over the mark with a cloth with water first, then a little cooking oil. 

Linoleum floors should only be wiped with a little soapy water, and untreated hardwood floors can be sanded easily with fine sandpaper, after which the entire floor is washed with specialty soap.

10. How do I wash a bottle or vase with a narrow neck?

Grandmother’s advice: Before there were special bottle brushes, people washed bottles or vases with soapy water and raw rice corns, and then shook it until it was cleaned.

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