Amish Insect Repellant

Use borax to repel or kill insects. How? Just make a mixture of equal parts of borax with regular sugar and sprinkle under the sinks, under stoves and refrigerators. The ants and cockroaches will come and eat and then they will be no more. Make sure these places are not accessible to pets. Butter can also be used in the same way as the sugar but remember not to let your cat find it.

Make an Amish all-purpose cleaner

Just mix four tablespoons of borax in 4 cups of hot water. Place in a spray bottle and use to clean counters floors and any surface you see fit. It is very inexpensive and effective.

Borax Drain Solution- Amish Style

Break up the gunk in your drains with one cup of borax and three cups of boiling water. Pour borax down the drain and then followed by the boiling water and leave it for five minutes. The mixture will break down the gunk and make it easy to flush out. Just turn on the pipe and run it for a few minutes till all is flushed out. The borax and hot water will kill the germs and disinfect the drain causing it to smell much better.


Washing Soda- Amish de-greaser

Add about 1/2 cup of washing soda to a load of laundry. it removes orders, brightens clothes and makes whites whiter. It can also be sprinkled on clothes to help remove tough stains, however, do not let it sit on the clothes for an extended period- like say beyond five minutes to be on the safe side as its alkalinity has a tendency to cause holes in fabrics.

Cleaning Pots And Pans

If you have any pots or pans with caked on grease or burnt food particles. Do not worry, one more solution is here to he to help you. Just sprinkle some washing soda on the affected areas and gently mist with some water to moisten the washing soda. Let it stay on for 20 minutes and then scrub with a scotch brite.  Rinse and see the magic unfold.

That is all for today on Amish cleaning hacks. Happy cleaning and be sure to de-clutter like the Amish as I think it is one of the best cleaning hacks ever.



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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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