We have covered cleaning hacks from Grandma, and have decided that it is time to share some tips from Grandpa too. Surely, in days gone by, most women stayed at home and did most of the housekeeping, while most men worked outside of the home to provide for the family. But that set up didn’t stop gentlemen of those days to do some cleaning around the home and have a few tricks up their sleeves too!
While you will be familiar with some of these Grandpa cleaning tips, we know you’ll be blown away by a few.
1.White vinegar will make your white clothes fresh, soft and whiter. And some generous amount of sunlight will even make them brighter. Soak your whites with vinegar and regular laundry soap. Then wrap in a black plastic bag and leave outside in the sun for a couple of hours. Rinse and then put them to dry. This will make your whites sparkly bright.
2.Use wood ashes to scour your pots that you use for camping and outdoor cooking. These pots can get stained badly by burnt food and from the blazing fire. So cover wet pots with ashes and scour with something appropriate such as steel wool or scotch- brite.
3.Place rice grains (uncooked), baking soda and a little water in peanut butter jars that you want to clean out. Cover tightly and shake until rice and soda clean all the residue away.
4.Easily remove stubborn burn stains from your stainless steel utensils and pots by using a soft sandpaper to scour them.
5.Make a mixture of tea tree oil and water and spray your walls to eliminate mold and mildew.
6.Cure a stinky sink by pouring in some hot water with essential oils.
7.To get rid of gum from your clothes, apply ice-cubes to gum for about 20 minutes. This will harden the gum. Which can now be easily removed with a knife.
8.If you want a more natural and non- toxic way to wash your dishes, use a mixture of liquid castile soap and baking soda. This is perfect for sanitizing and degreasing your dishes.
9.Use cotton tea towels to dry glassware, mirrors and windows for a lint- free finish.
10.Pour baking soda in the tank of your toilet to keep it clean and help prevent hard water and rust stains.
11.For clogged shower and kitchen drains, pour hot water combined with salt, vinegar and baking soda to melt greasy residue and break down particles causing the blockage.
12.To make old or dirty jewelry look new again, soak them in hot water and liquid castile soap. Then scour them with toothpaste. Please note that it is not wise to put toothpaste on jewelry pieces with pearls.