Today, I’m excited to share these household cleaning tips with you. Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. But, let’s get started!
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house. It was always spotless, even though I hardly ever remember her cleaning anything… with the exception of doing the dishes.
While the following household cleaning tips may not be classified as “hip,” they’re certainly grandma approved. There’s at least one handy tip for every room in your house.
Keep older wooden furniture looking its best with paste wax. This wax, which typically comes in little tins, is available in clear and tinted versions. It protects against moisture and dust and keeps the wood from drying out. Tinted wax helps to cover small dings and scratch marks.
Applying it is easy. Wrap a clean cotton rag or cloth around your fingers and rub in the polish, using a circular motion. Always go WITH the grain. You aren’t limited to applying just one coat. Because paste wax never hardens completely, putting one coat over another is never a problem. Allow each coat to sit for 45 minutes or so, before buffing.
According to the spruce, this wax is suitable for newer (varnish or polyurethane-finished) furniture pieces as well. It doesn’t offer a higher level of protection. However, it gives them more shine and luster.
If you rather go with something more environmentally-friendly, mix together two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice. Pour leftovers on your dinnertime salad. Seriously!
Lemon + Salt
Pairing lemon and salt together allows you to tackle a wide range of cleaning jobs… especially in the kitchen. Not only that, you’re doing it the natural way. Consider the following examples, which use one or both of these inexpensive ingredients.
- Say good-bye to your stinky garbage disposal with a lovely lemon. Mix together a 1/2 gallon of hot water and a 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Turn on the disposal, pour in the liquid and continue running the unit for 30 to 45 seconds. Easy-peasy!
- Dirty microwave got you down? Lemons to the rescue! Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Toss in the rinds and add water until the bowl is half full. “Cook” on high for five minutes. Allow to sit for five minutes, before removing. The lemon scent gets rid of odors. The steam and lemon oil combined loosens stuck-on food particles and gunk.
- If you don’t clean your wooden cutting board on a regular basis, germs and odors quickly take over. Yuck! To solve the problem simply cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and lightly scrub the surface of the board. Works great for butcher blocks too!
- Revive a rusty (or grimy) cast iron skillet with salt… the coarser the better. Sprinkle it into the pan and rub with a sponge or heavy-duty paper towel. The more “elbow grease” you use, the quicker the clean-up process will be.
- How often do you struggle to clean the “yucky stuff” out of the bottom of your favorite vase? Stop the struggle with salt! Pour approximately 1/3 of a cup into the container, add water and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, cover the top of the vase and swish vigorously. Rinse well and it’s ready for a new bouquet.
- Make an uplifting and yummy-smelling air freshener with lemon juice and water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and let the spritzing begin!
Flour Sack Towels – A Great Household Cleaning Tip
Pretty and practical flour sack towels come in a wide variety of colors and styles. The actual flour sacks originated sometime in the 1880s. It was during the Great Depression that many struggling families transformed the colorful sacks into quilts, clothing, curtains, diapers and more!
These 100% cotton towels are super absorbent. To keep them that way, don’t add fabric softener when you launder them. They’re perfect to use to dry dishes. Why? Flour sack towels don’t leave lint behind. Other household uses include:
- Paper towel replacement… save the trees!
- Strain things like homemade yogurt and cheese.
- Dust with them.
- Make-shift salad spinner option.
- Cover for rising bread dough. Rub flour on the towel, first.
- Fun gift wrap for food or homemaker-related gifts.
I love the look of these aqua towels. If you have a retro or farmhouse-themed kitchen, they fit right in. If you don’t, no worries! there are scads of additional options to choose from.
Kitchen Tools Large Print Flour Sack Dish TowelNow Designs Printed Baker’s Floursack Kitchen Towels, Set of Three, Berry PatchRoyal Classic Kitchen Towels, 15-Pack, 100% Natural Cotton, 14 x 25 inches (15 Pack)Rigel Stuhmiller Chicken Kitchen 4-Pack Assortment of Screenprinted 100% Cotton Flour Sack Dish TowelsKay Dee Designs 3-Piece Cotton Flour Sack Towel Set, 26 by 26-Inch, Queen Bee
Start at the Top
This is one of those household cleaning tips, definitely worth mentioning. When you clean, it’s always best to start from the top. This eliminates the need to clean up the dust that falls from above.
Back in the day, it wasn’t unheard of to hang a dirty rug over a clothesline on a breezy day, sprinkle it with dry tea leaves or even drag it through the snow to get it clean. Yikes!
There’s actually a much simpler way. Baking soda to the rescue! Yep, plain old baking soda. Sprinkle it liberally on your rugs and carpet. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes and vacuum as usual. What to stock up? Purchase a hefty 13.5-pound resealable bag here.
These are just a few great household cleaning tips that fall under the category “grandma-approved.” As you can see, they don’t cost a fortune and are fairly easy to put into place.
What’s your favorite household cleaning tip? Feel free to share it here. Inquiring minds want to know.