As a child learning about different cultures always excites me. As an adult, the one that drags my interest the most is the Amish. This is a unique society that believes in the natural way of living. Building their own homes schools, and living off the grid, is enough to make you want to learn more.
The Amish women are great housewives. These women have no stores to run to for cleaning products or phones to call for online deliveries. Their ingenious methods of cleaning and maintaining a clean home are ones that we can copy into our daily lives.
In this article, you will be blown away with 11 incredible Amish cleaning tips and tricks that are so simple and easy to do they’ll have you cleaning like a pro.
AMISH CITRUS DISINFECTANT
Here’s a clever way the Amish invented to disinfect their homes. Peel an orange then place the peel into a pot of hot water. To this add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Allow the solution to sit for over-night.
In the morning pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it to disinfect places such as your countertops, doorknobs, food containers, and anything that you think may need to be disinfected. Not only does it disinfects but the natural fragrance it left behind is captivating.
AMISH SALT DEGREASER
One way to remove grease from clothes is to use salt. This a common way of the Amish when dealing with grease on fabric. Place the fabric onto a flat surface then make a solution of 1 tablespoon salt to 1/4 cup of warm water.
Dissolve the salt thoroughly in the water then apply the solution to the grease-stained area. Rub gently with a cloth until the mark disappears. Toss in with the regular load and you’re done.
AMISH NATURAL FLOOR CLEANER
To naturally clean your floors without any harsh chemicals. One way to do this is with vinegar and warm water. Combine equal parts vinegar with equal parts warm water. Use this solution to clean your tile and wooden floor. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to boost the fragrance.
AMISH BATHROOM MILDEW PREVENTION
Who could ever think of this, thyme in your bathroom? The Amish way of reducing and cleaning mildew in the bathroom is with thyme, Borax, warm water, and essential oils. Remove the leaves from the stalk. Bring to a boil in 2 cups of water. Pour the water into a closable container.
Add the thyme leaves, 1/4 cup Borax, and 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. Allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes. Strain the solution into a spray bottle. Use this to spray onto the mildew area then allow to sit for 5 minutes. Wipe with a sponge and dish soap. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth.
AMISH OLIVE OIL FLOOR CLEANER
If you have a bottle of olive oil in the home then you have just hit the jackpot, that’s only if your floor needs a good cleaning. Olive oil for the Amish is more than just for cooking or personal care.
The Amish find a way to use olive oil in such a unique way that will surprise you. That surprise is “floor cleaning”. To mop your floor first grab a bucket with warm water to this add a few drops of olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar.
Combine and use to mop your floor. You’re going to be taken away with the results. Warm water is mostly and highly recommended for cleaning floors. The warmth will soften hard residues making cleaning easier.
AMISH TARNISH SILVER RESTORER
It’s just a pity, a thing as beautiful as silver never stays that way forever. Overtime your silver whether it is utensils or jewelry gets tarnished and dull. Wait for just a second, they are not through as yet.
Make a paste of baking soda and warm water. Cover the silver with the paste and allow sitting for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and dry with a clean white cloth.
Mothballs are used commonly in certain societies such as the Middle Eastern and Asian societies. This is one used also by the Amish to keep pesky rodents away. The mothball has toxic vapors and when inhaled by these roaches, rats, and other bugs will instantly terminate them almost immediately.
Mothballs can be placed in your clothes drawers and areas where mice and roaches may visit. This should solve your rodent situation. However, you should never keep mothballs close to food items such as drinking water as this is harmful to humans and domestic animals.
The vapor is not healthy for human consumption or pets. This should be placed carefully out of the reach of children and domestic animals.
8. CROCHET HOOKS FOR CLOGGED DRAINS
By now we’re fully aware of how the Amish get things done in simple ways. Whenever our drains are clogged, the first move is to rush straight to the phone where we call the plumber if not then it’s some sort of harsh chemical that is used. The Amish women did not do such actions. What they chose to use is a crochet needle hook.
The Amish women love to crochet. It makes sense to utilize this instrument the best way they can. If Your drain is clogged, simply do this trick, holding firmly, insert the hook into the drain then slowly pull upward. If the particle is hair or soft residue this clever trick will remove it and unclog your drain.
9. AMISH FABRIC SOFTENER
I’ve always wondered why vinegar is recommended for softening bath towels. Thanks to the Amish that is now clarified. When white vinegar is combined with essential oils this can be used as a regular natural fabric softener.
Simply pour a reasonable amount of vinegar into the load with 10 drops of (your choice) essential oil. Then run your cycle, as usual, using a regular laundry detergent. Get ready to have soft great smelling clothes at the end of the cycle.
10. AMISH STOVETOP CLEANING
The stove is becoming famous, not only for its common use of preparing at times delicious meals but for being messy and hard to clean period. With all that about a stove being difficult to clean. The game-changer here is a sprinkle of baking soda, white vinegar, and dish soap.
All you need to do is to combine those to make a paste. Use this paste to cover the stovetop. You can also remove the burners at this point. Allow the paste to sit for 10 minutes then wipe with a sponge until all the stubborn residues are loosening. Use a clean damp cloth to clean away the loose residues and wah-la! your stovetop is finally clean.
11. AMISH KETCHUP CLEANING
The Amish ingenious creative usage of the odd household products is one to envy. The new thing recently discovered is ketchup cleaning. I must admit I was pretty blown away with this.
Are these people out of their minds? how could this be? However, my salute goes out to the inventors of this brilliant invention of ketchup cleaning.
Ketchup is an awesome degreaser when using as a form of detergent on the greasy areas of your pots and stove. Allow the ketchup to sit for 30 minutes then scrub with a scotch Brite.
You’re going to be speechless when you see that grease disappearing right before your very eyes and you use nothing but tomato ketchup. You may also like: 15 Daily Household And Lifestyle Practices Of The Amish We Need To Know
Learning about the Amish way of cleaning was quite an adventure. We hope these tips will be helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by.
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