Amish people have an interesting way of life. They seem to have mastered the art of surviving off the grid. But there are a host of other things we can certainly learn from the Amish people and apply to our everyday lives; some of which will make us look like total geniuses.

Whilst taking a closer look at the Amish lifestyle, we found that they have exceptional housekeeping practices. Let us zoom in on some of them.

Amish use of mothballs

To drive mice out of your home and away from hiding places in your buildings, place a few mothballs around the area where they are hiding. Mice shun the strong smell of mothballs. ( Please place the mothballs out of the reach of little children or pets.) So if you want a great cleaning hack which prevents you from worrying about the crazy rodents running around and contaminating everything they see. This trick will assist you.

Did fabric get grease in it? Amish degreaser- no washing needed

Remove grease spots from most fabrics by using a salt solution of medium strength. Spread the fabric on a flat surface and sponge the salt solution liberally onto the greasy area. Then rub the area lightly with a soft, lint-free dry cloth. Repeat the procedure if necessary.

Amish Disinfectants

1. Disinfect countertops with white vinegar and baking soda solution. Use 2 cups white vinegar and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Damp a microfiber cloth and use it to wipe as needed.

2. Use an Amish Citrus Peel Solution

How to make it: Put 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar to boil. Add 1 cup of citrus peel, cover the pot and turn off the stove and let it seep overnight. Strain and pour in a spray bottle and use to disinfect countertops fridge and microwave. Use also to wipe down pantry and glass food containers.  This will provide a nice aroma and an awful environment for most insects.

Spray on baseboards and in the entryways that ants, cockroaches, and other insects or mice may traverse.  This will provide a good environment for you and if you keep doing this 3 or 4 times in a week you will soon have no insects at all in the areas that you keep using it.

3. To disinfect floors use one part vinegar and 4 parts water with some essential oil especially peppermint oil to help kill micro-organisms and leave the floor with a wonderfully fresh aroma.

How the Amish disinfectants work: Insects and rodents come inside our homes mainly for food! However, they hate the scents of vinegar, citrus and especially peppermint! when you make a combination of these ingredients and wipe down the necessary areas especially after the food was handled. The pests will be thrown off tract and will be unable to find scent trails or any food scent for that matter. Then they will find no reason to stick around.

Prevent mildew in the bathroom and on shower curtains-Amish style

Use 8 sprigs of fresh thyme or (16 drops of thyme essential oil)

4 cups of hot water

1/2 cup Borax

Bring water to a boil and pour on thyme in a shuttable container. Cover and let it infuse for 35 minutes, strain and dissolve borax in the solution. For essential oil solution just mix all ingredients and shake till all has combined. And there you go with another Amish disinfectant. Put in a spray bottle and use on shower curtains and on countertops and walls to eliminate and prevent mildew.

Some of the Amish have water pipes in their homes- here’s how they clear a clogged drain

Put 6 cups of white vinegar to boil, measure 1 cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Remove the vinegar from the fire and pour half of it down the drain. Cover the hole for 5 minutes and let the foams form as the solution is magically melting away the blockage. Mix the rest of vinegar with some water and put to boil. Pour it down the drain and it will be clear and ready to use again.

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    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Thank you so much Mar Long. So delighted to hear that.


    I have fungus right thumb,is there a all natural remedy for this? I have been bothered with this for over 5 yrs. PLEASE HELP THANK YOU Charlene

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Killing Nail fungus
      Soaking your thumb in a tub filled with water and rubbing alcohol can help get rid of bacterial growth under nails. This can be done on a daily basis morning and evening for 20 mins each time until fungus goes away.

    • Tea tree oil under the nail applied twice daily will get rid of it. You have to do it until the bad part of the nail grows out. I’ve had success doing this on my toenail.

    • Dip your hand in a solution of 4 to 1 warm water and apple cider vinagre. You can reheat in microwave for 1 wk. Then make new solution.
      Do this 1 to 2 months it should go away. Vinagre is a natural antifungal.
      Good luck.

    • Peppermint … make a peppermint tea soak affected area. Until healed. Peppermint lotion.Or Vicks vapour rub…. apply to area… 10 days up to 30. Eucalyptus oils will help.

    • Vinegar! I got nail fungus from a Mall nail salon and my family doctor said to apply vinegar with a Q tip around and on the nail and under the nail twice a day. It worked!!!

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      You are welcome Kim! Thank you for that kind comment.

  2. Moth balls are extremely toxic and should never be used in your home or underneath the home for getting rid of mice. Practice ingredients are typically either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzine. The side effects are varied, when inhaled, you are inhaling the insecticide.

    • Yep! I put peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place in dark corners, underneath the sink and in the basement
      Moth Balls are bad for pets

    • You would rather have mice, I’m not living with mice, you might like the little critters. I don’t want them in my cabinet outside.

  3. Thank you for the very interesting article. Please ignore the person with the foul mouth.

      • So this would have no effect on a person who has no animals in their home? e have a building outside and the mice are bad in the winter due to entry ways we can not secure. If they are placed inside of the building it shouldn’t bother our pet right since his dog house is outside next to it. My great grandmother always used them for storing clothes in the winter to to keep out bugs,

        • Springtime Cottage Reply

          Hey Amanda! I think if you place it strategically in a place that your pet cannot find it, he should be safe.

        • I am always qorried about stray moth balls rolling away…i put them in a sandwich ziplock and use a fork to poke holes in them. I then just snip a piece of aluminum foil inside the bag…When you no longer smell them, just grab bag and replace…then i can be sure i didnt miss any and if a special pet finds the bag, you will definately hear it before they can eat it…just my 2 cents ?

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Thank you so much colleen. You are very kind.

  4. Gwendolyn ;
    If you have skunks underneath a shed or deck – to get rid of them , spread a bunch of moth balls underneath & you’ll soon have no more skunks!!
    Thank You Gwendolyn

  5. Sprinkle baking soda on affected area and leave it on there at least 6 hours. Vacuum it up and spray some natural enzymes on it.

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