Amish Countertops

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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    • 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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