Vintage clothing is chic and super in-demand. Historical paintings and sculptures are worth top-dollar. Retro accessories are all the rage in home decor. Basically, what we’re saying is: In a lot of ways, it really pays to go “old school.”
But what about when it comes to cleaning? Are the old school cleaning techniques and practices that our mothers and grandmothers used as powerful and easy as our more new school techniques?
Well, it depends who you ask of course. Granny is sure to say that her methods were best, right? Plus, homes and offices used to be held to a remarkably high standard for cleanliness. Ask any of your older relatives if they were ever subjected to the “white glove” test, if you don’t believe us. To pass this exam, someone should be able to wear a white glove and rub any spot in your home. If any dirt, debris, or dust comes off on the glove, you’ve failed. It’s a whole different level of “spotless.”
We’re a big fan of a lot of modern and methods and products here at Sweeping Dimensions. For instance, our parents’ parents never could have dreamed of the dirt- and dust-locking power of microfiber cloths. Plus, a lot of those creaky old cleaning products were anything but sustainable. Culture-wide, we’ve made a ton of advances over the years, from making concentrated products more widely available, to developing recyclable and biodegradable packaging, to designing innovative, sustainable products like bamboo “paper” towels.
But there is still something to be said for going old school every now and then! In fact, there are more than a few “classic” cleaning techniques that are still incredibly popular and useful – because they really work.
Below is a list of a few of our very favorite “old school” cleaning techniques that still really pack a punch – while letting you clean like your grandparents used to. Do you have a favorite vintage cleaning technique that we didn’t mention? Be sure to let us know by keeping the conversation going over on Facebook!
Scrub Your Surfaces With Bon Ami Cleanser
We’ve sung the praises of this powerful and versatile cleaning agent before. Bon Ami is an old school product (like, 1800s old school), but it still packs a punch, and can be used to clean all sorts of surfaces safely. That’s right – Bon Ami is free of toxins, it’s completely biodegradable, and you won’t have to worry about excess dyes, perfumes, or mystery chemicals.
Deodorize With Baking Soda
A box of baking soda in your fridge can help ward off gross, funky odors. And that’s not all – a dash of this product can help get rid of the smells all over your home. Use it on carpets, upholstery, pet beds, laundry, and more. Plus, you can combine baking soda with water and vinegar for a powerful cleaning agent to use around your home, removing stains, clearing mildew, and more.
Use Lemon Juice Around the House
Lemons are wonderful, aren’t they? They’re healthy and all-natural, they smell absolutely wonderful, and you can use them in many ways around your home. Lemon juice can be put to work as a cleaning agent in all sorts of ways. Lemon juice can be used to help get rid of rust stains, disinfect and freshen cutting boards and other cleaning equipment, and treat mold and mildew.
Attack Messy Spots With White Vinegar
White vinegar is something that our parents and grandparents used all the time – and it really does work. You can use vinegar in all sorts of ways around your home, from cleaning floors and windows to helping scour your kettle or shower-head. If you don’t like the smell, diluting vinegar with water and your favorite essential oils can go a long way towards making this powerful cleaner more palatable.
What old school cleaning tactics did we miss? Was there a unique method that your family used that you think we should know about? Be sure to let us know on social media!
About Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we combine the best of the old school and the new school to get maximum results for your Chicago home or business.
We believe in old fashioned customer service, with a focus on making sure that our clients are always completely satisfied. We train our cleaning crews to the highest possible standards, and we’re known throughout the city and suburbs for our care, professionalism, and attention to detail. Our teams offer flexible time windows, unparalleled service, and our patented guarantee – if you don’t like any aspect of our service the first time, we’ll tackle your job again, no questions asked.
As for the new school? We’ll bring all of the cutting edge cleaning products it takes to get the job done, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning supplies. Plus, our convenient online tools make scheduling a breeze!
Ready to get in touch? Curious about what sets Sweeping Dimensions apart? Drop us a line today for your free estimate – or to simply keep the cleaning conversation going!