More magical home cleaning solutions

Thursday, May 19th , 2016


Following upon our last article containing old fashioned solutions for successful cleaning, we have a few more old fashioned ideas to get some sparkle into other areas of your home.

Cleaning furniture    Old fashioned home cleaning techniques    Home cleaning solutions

A solution to clean painted surfaces:

  • Five cups of warm water
  • ¼  cup washing soda
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup ammonia
  • Rinse with cool water


Some windows cleaning solutions:

Polish windows with crumpled newspaper for a gleaming result, the ink will give the glass an outstanding shine.

Windows and mirrors can be cleaned with exceptionally strong leftover tea without any added sugar.

For sparkling windows use a sponge to apply:


  • ¼ cup of cornflour
  • 1 cup of ammonia
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 5 cups warm water
  • Remove residue with newspaper or sponge mop.


Another excellent window cleaner:

  • ½ cup of liquid household ammonia
  • 2 cups of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon washing up liquid
  • 13 cups of water
  • Place in spray bottle


Or try this simple  solution:

  • ½ cup of ammonia
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • Place in spray bottle, shake well and allow bubbles to settle before cleaning.

Cleaning windows so they sparkle      Cleaning walls    Cleaning wood 

Cleaning Furniture:

Clean varnished wood with very strong leftover tea.  The stronger the tea, the better the result!

Wipe white rings off polished surfaces by rubbing the area with a soft cloth that has been dampened with spirits of camphor.


Make your own lemon oil furniture polish:

  • 1 litre liquid paraffin
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon extract
  • Spray on with a spray bottle and wipe off with a damp cloth


Cleaning Leather:

To keep leather furniture clean and supple, buff monthly with a solution of two parts linseed oil to one part vinegar then dry well.

To revitalise leather chairs, rub in a stiffly beaten egg white then polish with a clean dry cloth.



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