Cleaning House the Old-Fashion Way

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Modern technology is pretty darn amazing. Isn’t it? As you are scrubbing the tile, sure enough you are thinking in your head, “Oh, Magic Eraser! Whatever would I do without you?” Because honestly, whatever weird chemical is in it, it is working. But, sometimes, the new is just a poor substitute for the tried and true methods used by our grandparents and their grandparents (and their grandparents’ grandparents!). And know what’s even better? Many of these old-fashioned cleaning supplies and remedies are cheap, green, non-toxic, and practically even edible! (Okay, that’s an exaggeration.) We have gathered a list of true cleaning products and would like to share them to you!

Borax was once proclaimed to be a magical crystal, used to cure all sorts of digestive ailments. as well as clean things and even make cosmetics!
Soap Flakes
Mix six tablespoons of soap flakes with two tablespoons of Borax in one pint of boiling water, let cool, whip into a froth with an egg beater, and then brush onto furniture for an effective upholstery shampoo. Wipe off with a damp sponge.
Lemon Juice
A good dose of lemon juice is good for removing lime scale in the bathroom and even for polishing copper!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal, and is especially good at fighting odors and mold growth.

White Vinegar
Aside from a 50/50 white vinegar/tap water solution to clean anything from smudgy windows to pet accidents to food spills, you can also add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse compartment of your dishwasher for a spot-free rinse without all the chemicals (and cost!).
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  1. I think the only one I haven’t tried yet is the soap flakes 😉 White vinegar is my constant go to for cleaning and disinfecting around the house. Great tips!

  2. isabel says:

    Those are awesome but I still heart bleach! As terrible as it is for the environment, nothing cleans like it!

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