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Everyone loves summer hols. Some wait for it because their parents have planned a trip to Hawaii and some because there won’t be any homework! But, the most popular reason has always been going to stay at grandma’s!
Everyone has a lot of memories associated with their grandma’s place, and I bet that you can’t get enough of that pleasant fragrance at her house that always smells like home. But have you ever wondered how she and her place are always perfect? And, don’t you secretly wish to have a place as organized as hers?
If so, keep scrolling and go through this article to learn the housekeeping tips from grandma that will transform your life!
41 Housekeeping Tips From Grandma You’ll Regret Not Knowing
1. All Hail Helios!
My Grandma was never fond of professional cleaning. I still remember her referring to them as “useless fancy trends.” She had her own cleaning techniques for all the pillows, rugs, and comforters. I often saw her hanging all these things in the sun and sprinkling them with some vinegar-water solution.
Sunlight is the best sterilizer, according to her!
2. Your Whites Don’t Mind a Lemonade
It’s always hard to see your favorite whites fade. But, my Grandma’s collection of white sheets still look as good as new! How does she maintain them like that? She surely had superpowers.
Or maybe, she knows how to effectively use the raw kitchen ingredients.
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into hot water and soak your whites in it for about two hours. Then, rinse them and dry them in the sun. Easy!
3. Coz Everyone Likes Vanilla!
That pleasant fragrance I mentioned at the beginning of the article was vanilla! There is always a sense of nostalgia associated with the scent of vanilla essence.
Relive your childhood again by dipping cotton balls in vanilla essence and placing them in different parts of your home. You can even wipe cold bulbs with vanilla essence—when they heat up, your home is going to smell as if someone is baking a delicious cake!
4. Waste Is a Big No
I always had to follow a ‘No Waste Policy’ when living at Grandma’s. She never entertained the idea of using paper towels. Homemade rags of microfiber took the place of paper towels in almost every cleaning domain.
Microfiber rags are also easier to launder and they dry fast too. So go ahead and ditch those paper towels.
5. Flour to the Rescue
Spilled oil on the floor or counter? Take a deep breath and don’t panic—it will be okay. Just sprinkle some flour immediately on the oil stain and wipe it off with a sponge after some time.
The floor will absorb all the oil and prevent any staining.
6. Mint Sprig Deodorizer
Grandma’s aromatic solution for a stinking garbage bin is a mint sprig. Just place a fresh mint sprig in your garbage bin every day and you’ll never have to worry about the foul odor it creates under the sink.
7. Did You Know Leather Was Lactose Tolerant?
Have your imported leather handbags faded a bit over time? Then you just need some milk and a soft cloth. Dip the cloth in milk and polish your leather with it. It’s going to look glossy and beautiful again!
8. Borax for Clean Spaces!
Introducing the newest member to the list of cleaning supplies- borax. It can single-handedly clean tiles, sinks, etc. when sprinkled on the surface and scrubbed with a damp sponge. You can also use borax to get rid of laundry odor and tough stains.
9. Improve Your Soups with Vegetable Broth
Never throw away the leftover water you get after boiling veggies. Store it in the freezer and reuse it to boil veggies the next time. When this is done a number of times, you’ll get yourself a vegetable broth! This can be added to sauces and soups to improve their taste.
10. Citrus for the Win
Citrus is beneficial in all forms—both lemon and grapefruit are equally efficient when it comes to cleaning.
Combine salt with these and it can do wonders. For example, your greasy sink can become smooth if you scrub it with a half-cut grapefruit or lemon with salt sprinkled on it.
11. Coz No One Likes to Iron
Want to skip the ironing routine? This hack is just for you!
Just hang freshly washed clothes on hangers and let them air dry. All the twists and wrinkles on your clothes will disappear.
12. Shoe Polish as a Varnish
Do you ever wonder how grandma managed to keep her wooden furniture looking new all the time? It was shoe polish that she used for this hack.
With the help of a cloth, wax your wooden furniture with shoe polish to keep it looking classy always. This can also mask any scuffs on scratches on the furniture.
13. Cold Candle Wax Breaks Faster
Removing hardened candle wax can be messy and tiring. But there’s a hack from grandma that’s going to make this process easier.
Put some ice cubes in a zip lock bag and keep it over the wax. Chilled wax is much easier to get rid of.
14. Steaming: An Alternative to Scrubbing
Got burnt food stuck to the pan? Boil some water in a pot or saucepan and then hold your dirty utensils over the steam. This will loosen the food particles and make them easy to clean. No more soaking and scrubbing and toiling away!
15. Crisp Is Love: Be It Toast or Sheets
Yeah, everyone loves crisp and fresh sheets. But ironing the whole sheet seems like a nightmare.
But what if you didn’t have to iron the whole thing? Just fold the sheet into a small square and iron its top (don’t iron the folds!). You ironed a huge sheet in just a stroke!
16. Double Your Sponge’s Life
The ‘No Waste Policy’ I talked about earlier can be applied to many things, one of them being cleaning sponges. Cut your sponges in half to double their lives. This way, they’ll also be able to reach the nooks and crannies of dirty dishes as they are smaller in size.
17. Cinnamon Fresh
Did those Asian curries just fill up your kitchen with strong smells? In a saucepan, add some water and cinnamon sticks and bring this to a boil. It will fill the kitchen with a sweet fragrance and eradicate all the strong ones.
18. Scratches on Wood? Not a Problem!
Grandma was never upset with me banging the forks or spoons on her nicely polished dining table (my mother never let me hear the end of it though). Grandma had a trick up her sleeve for dealing with such mishaps—pecan nuts!
Rubbing a pecan nut over the scratches will fix all the problems—its oil has the power to re-stain the wooden surface.
No wonder I didn’t hear an earful from grandma.
19. Dustbins Like Roleplay Too!
How often do you feel like cleaning the garbage bins in your bathroom? Never! So, instead of making everything a separate task, why don’t we start multitasking?
When cleaning your bathroom, empty your garbage bin and use it as a bucket. That’s how you hit multiple targets in one go!
20. Soda Water Can Do Much More than Just Fizz
Have your pots become dull and shineless? Then it’s time to make things fizzy!
Place your steel utensils in carbonated water and let them sit there until the fizz settles. Congrats, you now have utensils that shine like brand new!
21. Let Your Walls Go Tipsy
Drawing is a hobby loved by almost every kid—and the canvas ranges from floors to walls to doors and wherever your tiny tots can reach. And the crayon and ink stains can give the parents a hard time while cleaning.
But you can’t let your kids stop having all this fun! So, here’s grandma’s secret tip—use rubbing alcohol to get rid of crayon and ink marks from walls and clothes.
22. Decide a Laundry Day
Laundry can be draining if you try to do it along with the rest of your everyday chores.
Instead of doing laundry every day, select a day for it, and aim to finish everything that very day. The rest of the chores can be taken care of by other family members for a day.
23. Reuse Old Clothes as Rags
I’m pretty sure all of you have clothes that you’ve outgrown. Time to repurpose them! Convert them into rags by cutting them into squares and using them for various cleaning purposes.
We still follow this ‘No Waste Policy’ at our place.
24. Formulate a Window Cleaner
I’m going to share a special window cleaner recipe with you (this is confidential information, do not share it with your envious guests!).
Take rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and water in equal parts and add a few drops of essential oils. You just made the best window cleaner! Your windows are going to be streak-free and spotless after using this solution.
25. Clean the Kitchen as You Cook
“Never pile things up for later”—another pro tip from grandma. Just like us, she too wasn’t fond of doing a lot of dishes in one go. So, to make this chore less dreadful, she used to clean the dirty dishes while cooking.
This is something you should adopt too. While waiting for the potatoes to boil or the chicken to cook, wash the dirty dishes. This is going to make your life a lot easier!
26. Foam It to De-fog It
No one likes fogged glasses—whether it’s your spectacles or the bathroom mirror. To prevent these irritable moments, clean the glass surface with shaving foam. Say bye-bye to foggy glasses forever.
27. Witch Hazel: Grandma’s Fabric Scent
Another peculiar fragrance that reminds me of my childhood is witch hazel. This was my grandma’s favorite fabric scent that she infused while steam ironing her clothes. So, add witch hazel to the water in your steam iron to give a fresh and sweet scent to your fabrics!
28. Give Your Linens a Makeover with Tea Bags
Thinking of tossing away your faded linens? Grandma will frown if she gets to know this decision.
Just tea-stain your linens instead of throwing them away! Boil tea bags in water till it reaches a reddish-brown tint. Now remove the tea bags and dip your linens in the boiled water. Leave them until they become a creamy-brown color. Then, set them to dry and rinse in cold water.
29. Use Bread to Collect Glass Pieces
Cleaning glass shards with hands and a broom can be a bad idea as it always leaves some of the splinters on the floor. Instead of a broom, use a bread slice to collect all the minute splinters—grandma hates any cuts and wounds caused by picking up glass pieces.
30. Give Your Flowers a Warm Bath
Clean the dirt and dust off your flower arrangements by dipping them in warm water mixed with dish detergent. Set them on a towel to dry and soon they’ll look new and fresh!
Now your flowers won’t look so dull and sad all the time!
31. De-Grease Grills with Dewy Grass
Got a greasy grill after a barbecue party? Grandma’s got a way to break up the grease without putting in any effort. Leave the grill on the lawn grass overnight—the dew and enzymes of grass will loosen up the grease!
All you have to do is wipe the grill the next morning—it’s as easy as that!
32. Clean Glass with Ammonia
Instead of spending a fortune on market cleaners, grandmas used to make their own cleaning mixture by mixing ammonia (2 ounces), rubbing alcohol (2 ounces), and water (12 ounces). To give it a more ‘store-bought’ look, you can add a few drops of blue food color. But this solution is more efficient than any store-bought cleaner!
33. Dampen Before Dusting
To avoid that unwanted brushing and vacuuming after dusting, use a damp cloth or sponge—it will pick up all the dust more effectively. While telling me this, my grandma said and I quote “Work smart, that’s better than working hard”.
Also, make sure that the cloth or sponge is not soaking wet—it should have just enough dampness.
34. DIY Moth Repellant
Say goodbye to moths with this simple DIY moth repellent from grandma. Just mix some cinnamon oil and clove oil, soak cotton balls in this, and hang them in your cupboards inside a muslin bag.
The moths will be gone for good! Hooray!
35. Baking Soda for a Fresh Freezer
When it comes to keeping the freezers fresh and odor-free, no one can beat grandma.
Her trick for a fresh freezer was baking soda. Place an open box of baking soda in the freezer—it will absorb all the strong smells and keep the food fresh. You can replace the box with a fresh one every once in a while.
36. No Mildew With Short Curtains
Cut your shower curtain liner by two inches to stop water from accumulating on the sides, thus preventing mildew growth. This is a pretty simple and easy hack to keep your bathroom looking clean and fresh.
37. Remove Glue With Vinegar
Want to know how grandma got rid of the residual glue from your craft masterpieces off the floor?Well, vinegar is the magic cleaner. Just pour some vinegar on the glue spot and rub it off with a rag.
38. Dishwasher And Baking Soda Are The Best Companions
Don’t want to clean the dishwasher yourself? Let baking soda do it for you.
Just pour baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and let it sit there overnight. In the morning, you can run an empty cycle to get yourself a clean and odor-less dishwasher. Now, this is called true automation, isn’t it?
39. Make A “Must-Clean” List
Though your entire house can’t be cleaned every day, doing a small number of cleaning chores daily can keep your house tidy all week.
For example, making the bed, keeping things in place, doing dishes, etc. are some of the essential chores that should be done daily—or else they’ll create the worst mess.
40. Spring Cleaning Is A Must!
A spring cleaning or deep cleaning is an absolute must—clean your whole house from head to toe. And spring is the best season for your annual cleanup.
Make sure you throw away all the clutter while cleaning—holding on to useless things will render all your cleaning efforts useless.
41. Do Small Parts Every day
It’s easier to cover the syllabus over time than to cover it a night before the exam. The same goes for cleaning—it’s easy to do small bits at different times rather than doing it all together.
Make cleaning a habit—put things back where they belong after using them. Or walk around the house with a rag and clean any random dusty frame. Doing a little at a time helps your weekly cleaning and makes your house look flawless always!
It’s quite clear that our grandmas have given us much more than those extra pounds. We might have forgotten all the tips over time, but deep down we all know that their advice and ways are the best. “Experience is the greatest teacher”, and trust me, every grandma’s got tons. So, start incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine and make your grandma proud!