Grandma’s old-fashioned cleaning tips can still have a place in our homes today.
Grandma relied on basic, natural cleaning materials like baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and sunshine! Amongst other uses, baking soda removes stains from cups, white vinegar gives glasses a brilliant shine, and a dose of lemon juice and sunshine can take stubborn stains out of clothing.
We spend up to a third of our lives in bed, so having a clean mattress was a high priority for Grandma. She washed her bed linen at high temperatures, hung it to dry outside, and aired her mattress for several hours before putting bed linen back on. She’d even vacuum her bed every few months. Why all the effort? Dust mites! Yes, Grandma was helping to keep the dust mite population under control.
Here are a couple of icky facts about dust mites. You need a magnifying glass to see a dust mite, and a mattress can have tens of thousands living in it. Dust mites feed mainly off dead skin shed by humans and animals. They can carry allergens – small foreign proteins that can cause allergic reactions in people.
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