Did you know that you can make your own cleaning solution with vinegar? Just mix it with water and a bit of lemon juice and you’re good to go.
Not only is it effective, but it’ll save you money as well.
If anything, that’s what they used to do in the old days—before commercial cleaners became widely available.
Thinking of giving it a try? Looking for more vintage cleaning tips? If so, you’re at the right place.
We’ll be going over everything that you need to know in our vintage cleaning guide below. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Remove Stains With Salt
Salt is absorbent and can be used as a stain remover for clothes. For example, you can use it to remove grease stains, rust stains, wine stains, and bloodstains. Not only that, but it can help reduce yellowing as well.
All you have to do is sprinkle the area with salt. Leave it on for about 15 minutes—that’ll give it enough time to soak up the liquid.
Rinse the area with cold water afterward and proceed to soak the fabric for 45-60 minutes. From there, you can launder the item as normal.
2. Always Work From Top to Bottom
It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning an oven or a vintage rain lamp (check it out!), you always want to start at the top and work your way toward the bottom. That’ll allow you to work with gravity instead of against it.
That is, you won’t have to worry about dust and dirt falling from the top to the bottom as you’re cleaning.
For example, if you’re cleaning the kitchen, you’ll want to clean the cupboard before the countertop. That way, crumbs from the cupboard won’t fall down onto the countertop that you’ve just cleaned.
3. Air Dry Your Clothes Outside
Air dry your clothes out in the sun instead of using the dryer. Not only will they smell fresher, but they’ll last longer as well (the dryer will weaken the fabric’s fibers over time).
That’s not all, sunlight is also a natural disinfectant; it’ll kill off any bacteria, mold, or mildew that’s on the fabric. Just remember to clean the washing lines often as it’s not uncommon for them to pick up dust and dirt from the air.
And be careful if you’re drying colored items. Leaving them outside for too long can cause the colors to fade.
Vintage Cleaning Tips That Are Worth Trying
And there you have it—three vintage cleaning tips for those who are looking to up their cleaning game. If anything, they’re pretty straightforward. Some will even save you money in the long run!
Did you find this guide helpful? Looking for more information about vintage cleaning products? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more articles!
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.