Some of the best kitchen and household tips were available during World War II when rationing and recycling was vital for each family’s survival. Some tips were handed down from Grandma, but often they were dismissed as anecdotes. Instead, expensive chemicals, which weigh on our health and the environment, are now used even though they are not always the most effective solution. This is where good old-fashioned household tips come in. And senior citizens often know best about living simply, ‘green’ and thrifty.
Q: Why are simple, classic household tips more important than ever?
A: People are tired of expensive and harsh cleaning items. We are more aware these days, and we know what’s better for the environment and our health. Besides, simple cleaning methods are cheaper and readily available in kitchen pantries.
Q: What common ingredients can be used for cleaning?
A: Vinegar, lemons, baking powder, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Q: What can vinegar do?
A: Vinegar is amazing and can be used for just about anything. Vinegar and water, for example, can be used to wipe mirrors without any streaks. Use a crumpled newspaper to wipe the mirror. It’s fantastic.
Q: But doesn’t it smell bad?
A: No. Vinegar only smells for a few seconds after.
Q: What is a good way to clean a microwave?
A: Take a bowl filled with water and lemon halves. Put the bowl in a microwave for about five minutes on high. The grease will dissolve and can easily be wiped with a cloth. Plus, the microwave smells like lemons.
Q: What is baking powder used for?
A: Baking powder, some water and the juice of half a lemon are perfect to clean oil or grease from your hands.
Q: Name an unusual household tip most people might not know.
A: Gum can easily be removed by putting the gum-stained clothing in the freezer. When left in the freezer for at least six hours, the gum can be removed with a butter knife.
Also, those in the know keep flowers fresh longer by adding about 1 teaspoon of sugar and a capful of bleach to a gallon of water.