Cleaning the Vintage Way

September 20, 2016admin
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You know I am no fan of cleaning but it has to be done.  I’m not the kind of person who cleans everyday, I just think there is more to life than worrying about cleaning!

Although there is nothing like the fresh smell of lemons in the home – having them in gin is just perfect but there are times when they come in handy for cleaning too!  In my quest to become more environmentally friendly – not to mention how expensive some cleaning products are – I decided to look in to vintage ways of cleaning.  After all they didn’t have products that promised 99% removal of all germs years ago!

So below I have listed some vintage ways to help you on your way to keeping your home clean and at the same time using environmentally friendly items – a win/win if you ask me.



Honestly it used to take me ages to clean the windows – I don’t know which was worse – the dirt before I cleaned them or the streaks after!  That was until I decided to go the vintage way.  I also remember my gran using this recipe years back.  If you mix together a 50/50 solution of white wine vinegar and hot water in a bottle, you squeeze a drop on your window and clean with a cloth or better still use a sheet of newspaper.  My gran was right, this is the best and only way to clean windows.



Here come the lemons!  Squeeze some lemons in to hot water – you could use an old spray bottle.  Spray around the house –  lemons also have anti-bacterial properties so you could use in the kitchen too.


General purpose cleaner

Again lemons are at the heart of this recipe!  Mix together white wine vinegar to two parts water and add a squeeze of lemon juice, this mixture is great for kitchen worktops and in the bathroom – you could even use to clean the floor.



Again lemons to the rescue!  This time mix one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil, put a small drop on a cloth and then polish up your wooden surfaces.  Perfect.


If you want some more ideas, I can highly recommend this book called Spit and Polish – more ideas on old fashioned ways of banishing dirt, dust and decay!


Happy cleaning.


Elf x


Comments (2)

  • Jess Athorn

    September 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I use lemon and hot water to make my home smell fresh but I have to admit I LOVE using cleaning products and bleach, I just love having a sparkling clean, germ free house

    Jess x

    1. admin

      September 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Oh I love the smell of lemons around the house, although I’ve started to love the smell of oranges too although not sure how I would clean with them haha!

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