Unlike Many people in the outside world, the Amish keep their countertops very clean and clear. Their homes are kept clutter-free so their housekeeping duties are kept to a minimal. This does not mean that they do not do a lot of work in the house. But the fact that they are true minimalists in every sense of the word- they do not have a lot of furniture and household appliances to clean and dust off.
So this is another Amish cleaning tip for you – keep countertops very clear when not in use. It will minimize work for you a whole lot.
Amish Magic Fabric Softener
Who would have thought that white vinegar was so versatile? When doing laundry, add a half cup of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oils to your final rinse. This will soften your fabrics and leave them smelling awesome.
Other cleaning products used by the Amish are borax and washing soda (sodium carbonate). Both of these items can be found in the laundry aisle at your local grocery stores. Borax is a natural mineral that cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, and repels cockroaches.
Washing soda is frequently used as a wax remover or paint stripper- be very careful with it as it may cause skin irritation.
Cleaning Stove top Amish Style
How often do you cook? Is your stove-top cleaned every time you cook a meal? If you are like me sometimes the grease will have to be left for a while before it is addressed. Ahem… then another meal may be cooked so more grease will build up. Sorry, I cook a lot and often invite friends and family for dinner so …. ahem- I have a lil grease build up every now and then. But I never worry. A solution is right at hand.
Vinegar, Baking soda, and dish soap. These are simple cleaning solutions that might be readily available in every home on the planet. Here is how to use them to eliminate even the most caked on gunk on your stove-top.
Put vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray all over the stove top and let it sit for about five minutes. Then use a soft clean cloth to wipe away the grease.
Now for the tough burnt on grease or food particles. Heat the vinegar and wet the affected areas. Then sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for some 20 to 30 minutes. Then all the particles will be loosened and you may now go ahead and scrub of the area with scotch bright. Will look good as new!
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