Cleaning Tips From the Past


Having a clean and well put together home was very important to housewives in the 1950s. They generally spent a lot more time cleaning than we do now, but that's because that was their full-time job and they took it seriously. The truth of the matter is, newer isn’t always better, and we can gain a lot of wisdom from 1950s housewives. Even modern women would agree that Grandma knows all the best cleaning tips to save you time, money and effort, and here are just a few.

Minty Fresh — Summer's heat can sometimes cause garbage cans to give off an unpleasant odor. If you grow mint, cut a fresh sprig and place it in the garbage can every day to keep it smelling fresh all season long.

No More Moths — Make your own mothballs by mixing oil of cloves and oil of cinnamon, then soak the cotton balls in the mixture. Place the cotton balls in muslin bags and hang them in your closets.

Homemade Humidifier — If you use a wood-burning stove, you can make your own humidifier. Fill an old coffee can two-thirds full of water, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange peel and place it on the stove. When the water gets hot, it gives off a pleasant scent and gives the home extra moisture.

DIY Glass Cleaner — To save money, you can make your own glass cleaner by mixing 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol, 2 ounces of ammonia and 12 ounces of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and mark it clearly to distinguish it from other cleaners.

Dull Flatware — Has your stainless steel flatware lost its luster? Place it in a pan with carbonated water, soda water, club soda, or seltzer. Let it sit until the fizz has fizzled and your stainless steel will shine like new.

Grease-Free Grill — Lay your barbecue grill rack on the lawn overnight. The dew will combine with the enzymes on the grass to loosen any burned-on grease. You can even try this with messy oven racks.