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11 Vintage Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better – Springtime Cottage

Vintage cleaning hacks

Vintage cleaning hacks are more than just ways to make things easier while cleaning. They can actually save our lives in the process. Modern cleaning chemicals are being made with harmful substances and cancer-causing elements that we may easily breathe in without least thought.  According to the Toronto Indoor Air Conference of 1990 women that stay at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those working outside of the home. Let us examine these smart cleaning hacks as they can truly help to change our lives for the better.

1. Kill bad scents and odors

Before air fresheners were made, this mixture did the trick. Make a spray with lemon juice and water and spray in the corners of the rooms. A little essential oil of your choice can be added to make a more powerful aroma. This will kill bacteria that cause bad odors. Also, a lavender flower can be placed strategically in some areas to give off a wonderful aroma.

2. Dusting

When dusting, start at the top and make your way down, dust falls so this way you will not have to do over any surface. For best practice cover nose with something you can breathe through…. a dust mask or a makeshift one.


3. Dust bed lamp with a paint brush

A bed lamp may have dust all over in some grooves and seemingly hard to reach areas. This can be quickly addressed by using a paintbrush to get those specks of dust out. No dust allowed in your room!

4. Crayon marks all over? – no fuss

Use baby oil to remove – just gently rub over the marked area and use a cloth to wipe away.


5. Polishing wood surfaces

 Instead of using the various types of modern polish that are available today, lemons and olive oil are a much better alternative to make wooden surfaces and furniture shine. Just use two parts of olive oil to one part lemon juice and that will make it shine glistening waters.

6. To Create Sparkling magic on surfaces

Just Mix one part white distilled vinegar and two parts water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Rub onto surfaces with a sponge and remove with a dry cloth.

Optionally, you can rub half a grapefruit over surfaces, sprinkle with some salt and wash off with a sponge and hot water, you can achieve the most awesome sheen for your sinks, bathtubs and work surfaces.

7. Let’s get the pots and pans spick and span

If your pots and pans are  Scorched with burnt food. This will be a stubborn task. Not to worry, get the big guns to handle a big task. Use about 2 cups Baking soda, heat one cup white vinegar, and one cup water and combine. Soak pots and pans in the affected area for 20 mins. Wash and see the magic.


8.  Cleaning windows and glass surfaces

To clean windows and have them looking almost invisible, use one part hot water and one part white distilled vinegar. Spray onto window surface. use a piece of cloth or as granny used old newspaper and rub it on and leave it to air dry.  Use the same method for crystal clear mirrors and glass surfaces.


9. Addressing the white residues in the kettle

To eliminate limescale in a kettle, fill it with a mix of one part water to one part vinegar and leave overnight and all will be dissolved. Or to speed up this process bring the mixture to a boil for one minute and the result will be immediate.


10. Cleaning cutting board

Rub a stained cutting board with lemon juice and leave overnight. To remove rust marks; apply lemon juice and salt and leave in the sun until the mark disappears. Wash and use as usual.

11. For Stubborn Stains in fabric

For stubborn stains such as blood mark, red wine, and grease: use Soda Crystals otherwise called washing soda. Dissolve crystals in a bucket of water. Soak clothes overnight, wash as normal all of the above will be gone.

Dilute glycerin (one part to two parts water). Apply to stain, soak for an hour, then wash and see the magic.


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