Cleaning is not something you want to spend money on, no matter how much you value hygiene. Living in this fast-paced atmosphere may lead to you being a spendthrift in a variety of situations (I’m not being judgmental here), and keeping cleanliness should not be one of them.
The Amish have an unusual way of living. They appear to have perfected the art of off-grid survival. But there are a plethora of other things we may learn from the Amish and apply to our daily lives, some of which will make us appear to be complete geniuses.
Most of you are probably aware that the Amish lifestyle stresses the use of organic and natural materials for regular home activities such as cleaning. If you’re looking for organic cleaners, try these zero waste products on for size.
Cleaning using commercial chemicals appears to be prohibitively expensive to me, thus I’ve been leaning toward this alternative since learning about it.
You’ll be ecstatic to learn how simple items may kickstart a whole cleaning frenzy for you.
While researching the Amish way of life, we discovered that they had excellent housekeeping practices. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them.
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Cleaning Like The Amish
Amish All-Purpose Cleaner
In 4 cups of hot water, combine four teaspoons of borax. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and use it to clean worktops, floors, and any other surface you see fit. It is both cheap and effective.
Vinegar as a Disinfectant
Our toilet seats are infested with far more germs than we can imagine! Allow me to unearth a one-of-a-kind and highly effective disinfectant buried among the items you have on hand.
Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and vinegar, then top with a thyme stem cutting. All of these substances, when combined, may be used to disinfect toilet seats and other surfaces.
Mothballs To Drive Away Mice
Place a few mothballs about the area where mice are hiding to drive them out of your home and away from hiding spots in your structures. Mice are repulsed by the pungent odour of mothballs. (Please keep mothballs out of the reach of little children and pets.)
So, if you want a wonderful cleaning trick that will save you from having to worry about wild rats scurrying about and polluting everything they see, go no further.
Mothballs are an important part of the ‘wardrobe storing’ procedure. It goes without saying that the repercussions of not utilising it are dire.
Experiment a little and manufacture your own mothballs at home. Make cotton balls and soak them in a solution containing almost equal parts cinnamon oil and clove oil.
Put these mothballs in a bag so that the contents of the balls mingle with the air.
No Wash Amish Degreaser
Use a medium-strength salt solution to remove grease stains from most textiles. Spread the cloth out on a level surface and generously apply the salt solution to the oily region. Then, using a soft, lint-free dry towel, gently massage the affected region. If required, repeat the operation.
Cleaning With Olive Oil
When it comes to unexpected shocks, your kitchen is a bombshell that may even knock out a treasure trove. Olive oil is one such unexpected ingredient. Aside from its culinary use, olive oil may also be used as a floor cleaning!
When warm water, vinegar, lemon juice, and grated soap are combined, they form an excellent cleanser. You can’t doubt its cleaning power; it can bind even the most tenacious stains to your flooring. Try it for yourself and see for yourself how wonderful it is.
Unclogging Shower Head
Is your shower head blocked with grime? It’s a nightmare to imagine a day without a shower. Showerheads may be readily unclogged in the Amish style.
Fill a plastic zipper bag halfway with white vinegar and wrap it around the shower. Allow this arrangement to rest overnight, and you’ll wake up to an unfettered flow of water from your shower. Dive straight in for a fast bath!
Unclogging the Sink
All of the delicious meals you cook contribute to the solid residue that accumulates in the drainage pipe. This might obstruct the flow of water out of the sink.
Simply remove the dirt and other debris that have collected in the drainage pipe with crochet hooks. Because the procedure is done manually, you can manage it anyway you see fit. This is the most basic cleaning trick I’ve come found.
Amish Countertop Disinfectants
Disinfect surfaces using a solution of white vinegar and baking soda. 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 cups white vinegar Wipe as required with a dampened microfiber towel.
Amish Citrus Peel Solution
Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar to a boil. Add 1 cup of citrus peel, cover the pot, and let it to soak overnight. Pour into a spray bottle and use to disinfect counters, refrigerators, and microwaves. Use it to clean the pantry and glass food containers as well. This will offer a pleasant scent while creating a hostile habitat for most insects.
Spray along baseboards and at entryways where ants, cockroaches, and other insects or mice could enter. This will produce a nice atmosphere for you, and if you use it three or four times a week, you will soon have no insects in the places where you use it.
Clearing Bathroom Mildew
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary (16 drops of thyme essential oil)
- 4 cups boiling water
- Borax (1/2 cup)
Bring water to a boil, then pour it over the thyme in a sealable container. Allow it to infuse for 35 minutes, then drain and dissolve the borax in the solution. Simply combine all of the components for the essential oil solution and shake until well mixed. There you have it, another Amish disinfectant. To remove and prevent mildew, place in a spray bottle and use on shower curtains, worktops, and walls.
Magic Fabric Softener
Who would have guessed that white vinegar could be so versatile? Add a half cup of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oils to your last rinse while washing laundry. This will soften your textiles while also leaving them smelling fantastic.
The Amish also use borax and washing soda for cleaning (sodium carbonate). Both of these products may be purchased in the laundry section of your local supermarket. Borax is a mineral that naturally cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, and repels cockroaches.
When it comes to cleaning, rugs are notoriously difficult. However, combining regular home products might make it softer and cleaner.
In a mixer, combine the borax, bay leaves, baking soda, and cornstarch. Pour this white powder on the carpeting and set it alone for at least two hours.
Vacuum it as normal, then store the powder in a mason jar for later use.
How frequently do you cook? Is your stovetop thoroughly cleaned after each meal?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have to let the grease alone for a while before addressing it. Ahem… then another meal may be made, causing even more oil to accumulate. Sorry, I cook a lot and frequently bring friends and family to supper, so…. ahem- I get a little grease buildup every now and again.
Dish soap, vinegar, and baking soda These are basic cleaning remedies that may be found in every home on the world. Here’s how to use them to get rid of even the most stubborn muck on your stovetop.
Fill a spray bottle halfway with vinegar. Allow it to rest for about five minutes after spraying all over the cooktop. Then wipe away the oil with a soft, clean cloth.
Now comes the difficult burnt-on oil or food bits. Warm the vinegar and apply it to the afflicted regions. Then sprinkle with baking soda and let aside for 20 to 30 minutes. The particles will then be released, and you may proceed to clean the area with scotch brilliant. It will look as good as new!
Borax can be used to repel or kill insects. How? Simply combine equal amounts borax and ordinary sugar and sprinkle under sinks, stoves, and refrigerators. The ants and cockroaches will arrive and eat, and then they will vanish. Make certain that dogs do not have access to these areas.
Butter may be used in the same way as sugar, but keep it out of reach of your cat.
Some spots are more stubborn than others, and we have to work hard to get rid of them. For example, glue stains on anything are a disaster. The Amish, on the other hand, have developed a very simple way of washing it.
They just apply white vinegar or peanut butter to these areas and clean them in the blink of an eye. Simply scrape them all over and clean down once the stain has been removed.
Revive Tarnished Silver
Silver and other rusted metal decorations lose their lustre and get tarnished over time. You can’t just throw them out and replace them every time.
Amish hack comes to the rescue! On the afflicted area, apply baking soda and warm water. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it down with a moistened microfiber towel. The tarnish will be removed with baking soda.
Having leather accessories is exciting, but they are quite tough to handle. They lose their lustre after a time, and you can’t see them degrading right before your eyes.
Try this low-cost trick to bring them back to life! To remove dullness and darkness, take milk and massage it over the leather with a microfiber cloth.
Cleaning Pots And Pans
If you have any pots or pans with caked-on oil or burned food bits, clean them first. Don’t worry, another option is there to assist you. Simply sprinkle some washing soda over the afflicted regions and lightly spray with water to wet it. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before scrubbing with a scouring pad. Rinse and watch the magic happen.
Rubbing alcohol has a far broader range of applications than you would think. It can remove even the most stubborn stains like glue. Another prominent application for rubbing alcohol is the removal of hairspray and stains from your mirror.
You’re familiar with the agitation that comes from staring at a smudged mirror. Simply remove them by applying rubbing alcohol straight to the spotted area and watch the magic happen.
Borax Drain Solution
One cup of borax and three cups of hot water will dissolve the sludge in your drains. Pour the borax down the drain, then the hot water, and let it sit for five minutes. The combination will disintegrate the muck and make it easier to wash out.
Simply turn on the pipe and let it run for a few minutes until everything is flushed out. The borax and hot water will destroy the bacteria while also disinfecting the drain.
Washing Soda- Amish De-Greaser
To a load of clothes, add roughly 1/2 cup of washing soda. It takes away orders, brightens clothing, and makes whites whiter. It may also be sprinkled over clothes to assist remove stubborn stains; however, do not leave it on the garments for more than five minutes to be on the safe side, since its alkalinity has a propensity to create holes in fibers.
Cleaning Like The Amish
With a splash of comedy and a few pointers from my Mennonite Amish friends, you can learn how to maintain home like an Amish — even if you are not one. I’ve never been very good at housekeeping, but even I learned a thing or two – and now it’s your time.