Forgotten cleaning tips that deserve more

Cleaning tips have been around for a while and even though our lifestyles have changed and we now use a lot more technology and modern tools and products, there are some golden tips that your grandma used to use and will still work wonders around the house.

  1. Get rid of moths
    Nowadays, you can find a lot of ways in which you can get rid of moths. However, those usually involve strong and toxic chemicals and are not the safest for human health as well. You can make your own mothballs and get rid of the creatures for good in a simple, non-toxic, and completely natural way. Mix oil of cloves and oil of cinnamon, dip cotton balls inside, and place the balls in muslin bags. Once you hang those in your closet, all signs of moths will be gone.
  2. Minty freshness
    Most people forget that once the cold winter months are finished, the warmer temperatures in spring and summer may cause garbage bags and cans to emit a bad odour. To avoid that, grab some mint (it is best if you cultivate it). Cut a fresh sprig and toss it in your garbage bin. Do that every day and you will notice that the smell is gone.
  3. Dusty secrets
    Air vent covers are a dirty little secret in your home. Every spring and fall, run all of your metal heat and air conditioning vent covers through the dishwasher. It saves time and performs better than doing it by hand.
  4. Humidifier for your home
    If you have a wood stove, you can make your own air humidifier. All you need is an old can and some of your favourite herbs and essential oils. Since winter is coming, we suggest you put in some orange peels and cinnamon sticks. Once the water gets hot it will give out a nice scent and will moisturise your air.
  5. Keep your cooking helper safe and clean
    If you are using a recipe from your favourite cookbook, you certainly don’t want it to be covered in spills and splatters. To protect it from that, place it in a large plastic bag once you have reached the page with the desired recipe.
  6. Make your own glass cleaner
    If you have been enjoying making your own cleaning products at home, you will love this one. This is the original, tried, and true recipe for an effective window cleaner. Combine 2 ounces rubbing alcohol, 2 ounces ammonia, and 12 ounces water should be combined. To identify it from other cleaners, add a drop of blue food colouring and label it prominently. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it to clean all your windows and glass surfaces.
  7. Sticky mess
    If you are tired of having sticky sticker residue all over your new items, grab your WD-40. It is a great way to remove all glue leftovers. Spray it on the sticky mess, let it sit for a minute or two, then wipe away the grime. You can also scrape it with a plastic scraper first.
  8. Silver must be shiny
    If you have silver cutlery and other utensils, you have probably noticed that it becomes dull and tarnished with time. To restore its original beautiful shine, place the silver in an aluminium pan or an aluminium foil-lined kitchen sink. Cover with boiling water and sprinkle with 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Allow everything to sit for 10 to 12 minutes.
  9. For messy shower heads
    All the water we use goes through our shower heads. However, mineral deposits and buildup may occur over time. That is, especially if you live in an area with hard water. If you want to get rid of all that buildup, fill a plastic bag halfway with white distilled vinegar and wrap it around the showerhead, completely submerging it. Tie the sack around the pipe and let it sit for the night. In the morning, the showerhead will spray like new again.
  10. Open the goods
    If your handheld can opener has become grungy and is not so easy to use, we have a solution. Grab an old toothbrush and thoroughly wash the tool with hot water and dishwashing detergent. Once you are done, grab some vegetable oil and lubricate the opener. Let it sit for a bit, wipe the excess grease and enjoy your can opener as if it was new.
  11. Fix all scratches
    If you have some nicks and scratches you don’t need to sand, restrain, and polish the whole surface. All you need to do is grab a pecan nut and rub it on the scratched area. Nuts have natural oils and the one from the pecan nut will quickly re-stain the wood and make it good-looking again. This will work for all wood surfaces.