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Grandmothers just knew how!

Once upon a time, it was not so common to use the commercial cleaning products that are available to us today. The entire household was cleaned with all-purpose homemade recipes created by our grandmothers. They had a few simple yet powerful methods and knew how to combine them. Without bric-a-brac, they kept the house sparkling clean and hygienic. So now we are sharing some of these tried and tested household recipes with you.

Let us start with an all-purpose cleaner. The ingredients needed are:

Orange or lemon rind
Spray bottle or mason jar
Essential oils, such as lavender, rose etc..
Clean cloth

First, put equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and add some drops of essential oil of your choice. You can also fill the mixture in a mason jar and add orange or lemon rind and let it infuse for a week, before transferring it to your spray bottle. Lemons and oranges are great for cleaning, they contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that cuts through grease and dirt, and will leave your house smelling fresher than ever.

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Lemons are also great to use as air-fresheners, to battle odour and disinfect surfaces, for example in your kitchen. The ingredients needed are:

Lemon juice
Spray bottle
Lavender, herbs or spices
Clean cloths

First, pour lemon juice into a small spray bottle and – depending on your preference – dilute it with as much or as little water as you desire. Be playful and add lavender, herbs or spices. You can create your very own, individual scent. It will not just deodorise your home but also has strong anti-bacterial characteristics which makes it a spectacular cleaning agent.  

Wooden floors can be kept clean and shiny by mixing these ingredients together:

Olive oil
Lemon juice
Clean cloth

Mix together two parts of olive oil with one part of lemon juice. Use a clean cloth to polish your wooden furniture or your floor.

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Toilet cleaning is done best when using these ingredients:

1 to 2 cups of vinegar
2-3 tbsps of natron powder (also called bicarbonate of soda)
Toilet brush

Pour 1 to 2 cups of vinegar into your toilet bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of natron powder. The fizzing effect is immediate! Use your toilet brush to rub extra dirty spots. Give the chemical mixture 15 min time while it’s doing it’s ‘magic’ before flushing. This process can be repeated a 2nd time, if necessary.

The last grandmother household hack we share today is a drain and pipe cleaner. If your drain is clogged, then use this remedy:

Natron or bicarbonate soda
Boiling water

Put a good amount of bicarbonate soda into the drain or pipe, followed by vinegar. Before pouring boiling water into your drain. let it foam and sit for about 10 min. This should take care of your drainage problems in a flash.

All of these recipes are environmentally friendly, toxin-free and can assist you in avoiding the unnecessary plastic litter of empty and used up cleaning bottles. If you enjoyed his article, you might also like our piece on doing laundry the natural way

How do you keep your home clean? Do you have any household hacks yourself?

Would you like us to share more recipes from ‘Grandma’s secret book of household wisdom’?

Let us know in the comment section, the FAB team is curious to hear more from you!peace, cleaning glove


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