Despite the fact that in the arsenal of a modern woman there are many technological "helpers", ranging from dishwashers to robotic vacuum cleaners, she still uses her grandmother's advice from time to time. Novate.ru is sure that some old secrets cannot be replaced by anything, and brings to your attention a list of the most popular of them.
Secret 1: Baking soda is the best cleaning agent
If ordinary baking soda is stuck in your apartment, then you do not know for sure about its secret properties. It is not only a gentle abrasive, but also a natural deodorant. Thanks to these properties, baking soda can be used as a stain remover, odor neutralizer in the refrigerator, stain remover, cleaning pots, pans, etc.
Secret 2: Soap to remove carbon deposits
Surely, all the housewives have at least once faced the following situation: they put a pot of water for soup on the stove, and they themselves went to do other household chores (washing, cleaning) or watch TV. As a result, they didn't have time to look back, but the water had already run out, the bottom of the pan was burnt, and you couldn't look at the stove without tears.
Then each woman has her own scenario: one grabs her heart and in a panic tries to remove carbon deposits with a scraper, the second goes to the store for a new pan, and the third uses her grandmother's secret - liquid soap. All you need to do is pour hot water into the spoiled dishes, add a couple of drops of liquid soap or dishwashing liquid, bring the liquid to a boil, pour it out, and then gently scrape off the carbon deposits. Voila - the pan is as good as new!
Secret 3: Sleeping on your back
How do you used to sleep? On the stomach, right or left side, or maybe like a star, arms and legs outstretched to the sides? Our grandmothers preferred to sleep on their backs. This position distributes body weight evenly over the spine and minimizes pressure on it. There is another bonus: there will be no pillow marks on your face, and your hand will not go numb because you put it under your head all night.
Secret 4: Weed Boiling Water
Summer has come, which means that soon your garden and vegetable garden will be covered with unwanted vegetation. In order not to spend 24 hours in the garden in the company of a hoe, use hot water to control weeds. You can increase the effectiveness of this tool with the help of soda - one tablespoon will be enough.
Secret 5: Shake Testing Eggs
We all know the immutable truth: for an egg to be hard-boiled, it must spend at least 10 minutes in boiling water. However, it is not always possible to follow the time or catch the moment when the water begins to boil. The result is undercooked eggs. In order not to face such a problem, just take the egg out of the boiling water and shake it. If nothing gurgles inside, then it is ready.
Secret 6: silver toothpaste
Cleaning silver with toothpaste is a classic, familiar to our mothers and grandmothers. Due to the presence of whitening agents and tiny abrasive particles in the composition, the paste gives a fresh look even to complex embossed ornaments with decorative weaving. The tool removes blackness, dirt and plaque in a matter of minutes. If you are unable to achieve the results you want, try a more radical remedy: a mixture of tooth powder and ammonia.
Secret 7: Lemon to remove stains
If the stain on your favorite blouse or jeans hasn't disappeared after washing, try the following product: Mix lemon juice and salt, apply on the stain, and wait half an hour. After the time has passed, soak a rag in a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe the stain again. This method is suitable for cleaning all fabrics, both natural and synthetic. Also, lemon can be used to remove stains on antique or very delicate materials.
Secret 8: Ammonia for cleaning jewelry
We've already figured out how to clean blackened silver quickly and efficiently. But what about jewelry made from other metals, such as gold? In this matter, ordinary ammonia or ammonia will help you - they are the easiest way to get rid of blackening of precious metals and stains on jewelry. The necessary solution is prepared as follows: in a glass of warm water you need to add half a teaspoon of ammonia and one teaspoon of shampoo or dishwashing detergent. Next, dip the jewelry that needs cleaning into the resulting solution and mix. After the dirt has peeled off the jewelry, it will need to be rinsed well under running water.
Secret 9: Cut the dishwashing sponges in half
If you consistently buy large dishwashing sponges, cut them in half. There are several reasons for such a strange, at first glance, act. Firstly, this way you will save on sponges and extend the life of each of them. Secondly, this will help them absorb dish soap faster and dry faster after use, preventing bacteria from growing and growing.
Secret 10: homemade scrubs
To cleanse the body and face from keratinized particles, it is not necessary to buy an expensive scrub. You can make a cosmetic product yourself. There are many options on the Internet, but the following are the most effective:
• Coffee grounds - apply coffee grounds to the face in light circular movements, without affecting the area around the eyes, and massage the skin for about a minute. After the end of the procedure, rinse off the coffee with warm water and apply a moisturizer. If the skin is dry, cream, aromatic or vegetable oils can be added to the thick. This scrub is ideal not only for the face, but also for the body.
• Sugar - the recipe requires brown sugar, but if you don't have it on hand, use regular white sugar. Sugar is an effective natural exfoliant (remover of keratinized particles) that works gently on all skin types. To make a scrub, you need to mix one tablespoon of sugar and one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the prepared mixture to the face with gentle massaging movements, and then rinse with warm water. By the way, you can use coconut oil instead of olive oil.
Secret 11: Copper Ketchup
If your apartment has a lot of copper products (plumbing, kitchen fittings, etc.), you know how quickly they lose their original appearance. To prevent such an outcome, you need to clean the products from contamination in time. To do this, take a rag, drip a small amount of ketchup on it, sprinkle salt on top and wipe the fittings thoroughly. You will definitely be surprised when you see how it sparkles.
Secret 12: Oil for Shoe Stains
We are not talking about dirt, which can be easily removed with a damp cloth, but about difficult stains, for example, from resin. Apply olive oil to a soft cloth or microfiber cloth, and then wipe the shoes until the stain is gone.
Secret 13: Shopping in the Market
Grocery stores and supermarkets are very convenient, as you yourself can choose all the products you need, spending just as much time as you need. However, if you need to buy vegetables, fruits or herbs, then it is better to go to the market - only there you can buy the freshest and most natural products. Some housewives even negotiate with farmers on the supply of the necessary food, which makes it possible not to doubt its quality.
Secret 14: Cleaning on rainy days
When it is raining outside the window, your greatest desire is to curl up in a ball on the sofa, cover yourself with a blanket and devote the whole day to watching movies or reading books. However, our grandmothers considered this weather to be the best time for cleaning. You can't go anywhere anyway, so why waste precious hours on useless activities?
And to make the process fast and efficient, adopt 7 homemade cleaning products that work better than store-bought cleaning products