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No matter how hygienic you are, cleaning isn’t something you would wish to spend dollars on. Living in this fast-paced environment, you might end up becoming a spendthrift under numerous scenarios (not being judgemental here), and maintaining cleanliness shouldn’t be one of them.
Here’s a solution—you can easily adapt some of the basic principles of Amish tradition.
Most of you must be aware that the Amish lifestyle emphasizes the use of organic and natural products to perform everyday household chores like cleaning.
Cleaning with commercial products seems really expensive to me and so I’ve been clinging to this alternative ever since I got to know about it.
You’ll be thrilled to know how layman’s ingredients can put a different spin on the whole cleaning business. We’re going to share some Amish cleaning hacks you can try the next time you’re up for your springtime cleaning.
This is going to save you bucks and you know natural is always gentle to us and our environment as well!
15 Brilliant Amish Cleaning Hacks
1. Vinegar Disinfectant
Our toilet seats are loaded with way more bacteria than we could even think of! Let me unravel a unique and exceptionally well-functioning disinfectant hidden in the things you have on hand.
Pour water and vinegar in a spray bottle, finish it off with a stem cutting of thyme. All of these ingredients put together can be used to disinfect your toilet seats and other areas.
You’ll fall in love with its simplicity and chemically tame nature.
2. Olive Oil Cleaner
Your kitchen is a bombshell that can even knock out a treasure chest when it comes to surprises. One such surprising element is olive oil. Besides the accustomed culinary use, olive oil can also be used as a floor cleaner! (Surprised much?)
Prepare a blend of vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil in a bucket. Take this solution on the mop or a cotton pad and wipe off that filthy flooring.
3. Unclog Shower Heads
Got your shower head clogged up with the grime? Imagining a day without the shower is such a nightmare. You can easily unclog those showerheads in the Amish style.
Fill a plastic zipper bag with the white vinegar and wrap it all around the shower. Allow this setup to rest overnight and you’ll wake up to unrestricted water flow from your shower. Dive right on for a quick bathing session!
Vinegar works as a wonderful cleaner!
4. Natural Cleaner for Floors
Another way to adapt the Amish formula of floor cleaning is here! In case you run short of olive oil (as mentioned previously), you can turn to this recipe anytime.
Regular ingredients like warm water, vinegar, lemon juice, and grated soap when mixed make an effective cleaner. You don’t have to be skeptical about its cleansing power, it can get rid of even the most stubborn stains on floors.
Try it yourself and witness the awesomeness by yourself.
5. Use Hooks to Unclog Sink
All the lip-smacking meals you prepare add on to the solid residue that gets collected in the drainage pipe. This can cause a hindrance in the flow of water out of the sink.
Simply use crochet hooks to remove the dirt and other materials accumulated in the drainage pipe. The process is done manually and therefore you can handle it in your own way. This is one of the simplest cleaning hacks I’ve come across.
6. Natural Mothballs
Mothballs are an essential element of the ‘wardrobe storing’ process.
Get a tad bit experimental and make your own mothballs at home. Mix almost the same quantity of cinnamon oil and clove oil, make cotton balls, and let them absorb this solution.
Place these mothballs in such a bag such that the contents of the balls get mixed up with the air and they’re ready to use.
7. Revive Tarnished Silver
Silver and other oxidized metal ornaments lose their shine and get tarnished over a period of time. You can’t just discard them away and plan on buying new ones every time.
Here’s an Amish hack on the rescue! Apply baking soda and warm water to the affected surface. Let it rest for about 10 minutes and wipe it off using a dampened microfiber cloth. Baking soda will clear off the tarnish.
8. Clean Rugs
Rugs are pretty stiff-necked when it comes to cleaning them. No matter how hard you try, it’s never enough. However, your household ingredients together can make it happen.
Take borax, bay leaves, baking soda, and cornstarch in a mixer and blend them well. Pour this white-colored powder on the rug and allow it to rest for at least two hours. Store the leftover powder in a mason jar for future use.
Vacuum clean it as usual.
9. Amish Mildew Remover
Have you ever wondered how the Amish people would manage the prevention of mildew without using toxic cleaners? Even if you didn’t, here’s the answer.
They use thyme essential oil, borax, and warm water to avoid the growth of mildew in their bathrooms.
Simply mix a 1/2 cup of borax, 4 cups of warm water, and around 15 drops of thyme essential oil. Store it in a spray bottle and use it whenever you need it.
10. Spots Remover
Some spots are more strong-headed than others and leave us toiling to remove them. For instance, the spots of glue on anything are a disaster. Well, the Amish people have got this really effortless method to wash it.
They just apply white vinegar or peanut butter to clean these spots in the blink of an eye. Just scrape them all over and wipe them down once you get rid of the stain.
11. Milk Polish
Having leather accessories is all fun and games but they’re hands down difficult to manage. They lose their newness after a while and you just can’t see them deteriorating right in front of your eyes.
Try out this affordable hack to revive them! Take milk and rub it on the leather using a microfiber cloth to get rid of dullness and gloom. The commercial cleaners might cost you a lot but this is going to be absolutely inexpensive.
12. Amish Citrus Solution
This Amish citrus solution can do wonders in your home! Here’s how you can prepare it:
Boil water and white vinegar together, add orange or lemon peels into it. Fill the mixture in a spray bottle and allow it to rest overnight. Tadaa, your magical spray is ready to rock!
With its use, you can keep insects and bay and deodorize the whole environment.
13. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol can do a lot more than you can imagine. It can rub off even the most adamant stains like glue. Another notable use of rubbing alcohol is in removing hairspray and spots from your mirror.
You know the restlessness of looking at a spotted mirror. Just clear them off by applying rubbing alcohol directly to the spotted area and see the magic taking place.
14. Use Vinegar to Unclog Drains
In case you don’t have a crochet hook or similar equipment, you can use this painless Amish hack. All you need is a cup for measurement and some basic items.
Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 6 cups of white vinegar, pour it into the drain. Cover up the sink for a few minutes and let the debris suffer for a while. The chemical reaction between baking soda and white vinegar results in the formation of vigorous effervescence.
This will push out all the clutter in your pipe.
15. All-purpose Amish Cleaner
You must have an all-purpose Amish cleaner handy with you. This simple recipe is going to ameliorate your way of living and is definitely going to change your perception of cleaning.
Add equal proportions of borax and boiled water in a container. Mix it well to get a transparent liquid and store it in a spray bottle. Make sure to label the bottle distinguishing it from the rest of your supplies. Borax is an all-purpose cleaner.