Doing it Like Mom and Dad*

Doing it Like Mom and Dad: Is that Such a Bad Thing?

Today everyone is in such a rush to be the first, to try the new and spurn the old ways – that sometimes we end up throwing the baby out with the bath water!

Sometimes, doing things like Mom and Dad is actually better for us… cleaning house.

Old Fashioned Ways for Timeless Tasks

A few old fashioned household cleaning aids are not only more effective than their modern equivalents – they are also much less toxic to you and the environment (and cheaper too).  Below are a couple of things you can try:

  • Windows – white wine vinegar (a natural antibacterial) mixed with equal parts of warm water – shake, apply and then wipe with a soft cloth or your old newspapers (when the paper dries, you can drop in the recycle bin!)
  • Stains – soda crystals — a fraction of the cost of your high street detergents(!), they contain no bleach or enzymes, so can tackle stains on any fabric.
  • Kitchens – Lemons – from cleaning your chopping boards (another natural antibacterial) to removing stains (use gloves – it can end up bleaching your skin if exposed to sunlight!), lemons freshen and clean the kitchen and brighten your mood too.
  • Bathroom – Grapefruit and Salt – A grapefruit, the juice squeezed onto the surface being cleaned and then mixed with table salt will leave your bathroom shining.  Grapefruit, by the way, is another mood-lifting citrus fruit.

Reduce Your (Environmental) Stress

The suggestions above are just a few of the ways you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals used in your home, as well as save money on cleaning products. Environmental (di)stress is a growing problem – from degraded soil and resulting poor nutrition, to noise and visual pollution.

Isn’t it time you started to find ways of reducing stress – in all its’ forms – in your life?

*Cleaning, that is!