Grandma's Cleaning Tips Still Work Today!

Super Washing soda and a microwave

This post is sponsored by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda.

You know, our grandparents and many generations before them all managed to keep their houses pretty well and they didn't have today's modern conveniences nor did they have technology.  BUT...you know what I've found? Most of the tricks I learned from my family and my husband's family STILL WORK TODAY. There are a few things you will always find in my home that I use to clean, disinfect, deodorize and more... that haven't changed their formula since 'back in the day.' Now listen, I love technology. I embrace it.  But sometimes, doing things the old-fashioned way is just the right way for my family.  

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One favorite product we've had in our cleaning supplies for oh, let's just say forever? ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda (available at Walmart) is a natural detergent booster and freshener and can be used all around the home – and it's been that way since 1874! It's 100 years older than I am and just as effective as ever, with no added extras.

For a long time, I made my own laundry detergent. Very few ingredients.... Super Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha bar soap and Borax. Originally launched in 1874, Super Washing Soda can be used for making natural/DIY laundry detergents as well as for cleaning exterior surfaces and furnishings. Super Washing Soda works as a laundry detergent booster and as a household cleaner, adding extra cleaning and freshening power to various tough household jobs. It increases your detergent’s cleaning power to get out ground-in dirt and stains and cuts through greasy soils. In addition to being an effective cleaner, it is also an all-natural product; 100% Fragrance & Phosphate Free. It helps neutralize and eliminate odors, not cover them up with perfumes.

While I may not make my own detergent anymore, I still use the 3 ingredients all the time for our laundry needs.  Fels-Naptha bars make great stain 'sticks' and a little Borax and some Super Washing Soda tossed into my machine gets almost any stain, grease, grime or whatever out of our laundry.  My husband works outside a lot, I have a son who I swear takes his shoes off and rubs dirt and mud on them before putting shoes back on...and then rolls IN that same mud with sticky stuff on him... the kids are active and play hard, and our laundry isn't always a simple toss-it and forget-it process.  There have been many occasions when I go to put something away in my son's room and find soccer socks from a week prior tucked away in a corner... filthy, totally gross...and I'm not one to toss them and buy new ones.  It's just a challenge...and I'll get them clean.

Even in places I don't necessarily clean with the Washing Soda, I often use it to deodorize or give a little boost to the cleaner I'm using. I don't know how things go in your house, but most of the people in this house have a very strong adversity to toilet flushing and I'm forever going around flushing toilets and sprinkling some Washing Soda into the bowl just to help keep things smelling a little more like roses and a lot less like... well, a toilet.

Outside furniture and toys get a nice, natural clean with Washing Soda, and I don't have to worry about harsh chemicals on my yard or patio for our kids or pets to walk on, play on, etc.  We are on a well here and don't like to put any kind of chemical onto our lawn because we don't want it going down into our drinking water.  Gross. Why use something with lots of chemicals when the Washing Soda works just fine?

Super Washing Soda is also a de-greaser. Even in the garage.  Got some oil drips?  Visit CafeMom's Trusted DIY Home Solutions to see just how you can use the Washing Soda to get that grease up.  That also goes for kitchen grease.

A few tablespoons of it in a cup or 2 of water, heated for about 90 seconds will clean your microwave oven inside in no time- once the time is up, leave the door shut for 5 extra minutes, then wipe it down.  That's it.  Nothing to it...and no chemical residue to ever touch our food!  (Ours gets SO gross so fast and we hardly use it!).

I think that both sets of my Grandparents would be cheering me on for continuing to listen to their cleaning tips so many years after they learned them from their parents...although they'd probably just view it more as common sense.  Why fix it if it's not broken?

What are your best cleaning tips?


Brett Martin is a mom of three living in eastern CT with the kids, husband, 8 chickens, a dog and a cat. She loves to create or recreate recipes and crafts and share tips that make family life easier on her blog, This Mama Loves.

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