Homesteader’s Cleaning Tips

I like simple things. In the “olden days” there were simple ways to clean things without all the chemicals and special tools we have in our modern world. While these things have made it easier, I can’t help but wonder how well the old way of cleaning was and how well it worked. I did some research and found some awesome tips to help you keep home that are more from the old way of doing things. I hope you can find one or two things on the list that may make you give them a try!

* Try cleaning your wood floors with cold tea to bring out their shine.

* If you have a greasy pot, try wiping it out with a cloth and using cornmeal to scour. No harsh chemicals needed!

* To keep sink drains (without a garbage disposal) free from odor, pour boiling water and baking powder down them. For sinks with a garbage disposal, boiling water, lemon peels and grind.

* To make a simple disinfectant, use equal parts water and rubbing alcohol and a squirt or two of lemon juice.

* To remove odors from Fridges, try this simple thing I did: Place a bowl of unused charcoal brickets in the center of the fridge. Make sure they are the kind that is not Instant Light. It took about a week, but the odor was gone.

*To clean your microwave, place a bowl of water with a couple drops of some vinegar in it. Heat up the bowl until it foams. This will loosen anything that is stuck.

*  To get rid of hard water spots, cut a lemon in half and rub it on the areas.


Photo via flickr by Jos Dielis

2 Replies to “Homesteader’s Cleaning Tips”

  1. Marie DeWolfe says: Reply

    Wow! These are some awesome tips! I love the charcoal idea, that just makes sense, yet I wouldn’t have thought of it in a million years! Great blog!
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  2. Great tips! For the garbage disposal, if you’re just trying to get rid of odor, you don’t even need the boiling water. Just a piece of lemon into the disposal and let it run. You can freeze these ahead of time with vinegar, then add baking soda when you put them into the disposal.

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