The 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.
1. Disinfect countertops with a 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 entry ways 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 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.