Housekeeping Secrets to Steal from Grandma

Your grandma had more chores and fewer modern cleaning tools than you do, yet she kept a sparkling house with just a few products, elbow grease, and a hefty dose of common sense. Get your household cleaning tasks done like grandma did with these time-tested ways to keep your home clean and tidy:

1 Keep up, don’t catch up.

Grandma kept after messes every day, and you should, too. “It’s easier than saving all your chores for one big cleaning session,” says Donna Smallin Kuper, certified housecleaning technician and author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. Get into a daily routine and your house will always look neat as a pin: Make the bed, do the dishes after every meal, and sweep the kitchen floor daily.

2.Stockpile tea towels.

Instead of using paper towels, invest in flour-sack tea towels. “They’re 100 percent cotton so you can dry glasses lint-free, wipe down the stove, or let dishes drip-dry on them,” says Becky Rapinchuk, blogger at and author ofThe Organically Clean Home. “They launder well and dry fast.” Grandma-approved bonus: They come in pretty patterns, colors, and embroidered motifs to add vintage charm to your kitchen.

3.Use DIY window cleaner.

Your grandma didn’t have fancy window and mirror cleaning sprays, and you don’t need them either. Mix up this streak-free recipe, courtesy of Rapinchuk:

•1 ½ c. water

•1 ½ T. white vinegar

•1 ½ T. rubbing alcohol

•3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle, spray liberally on windows and mirrors and wipe with a lint-free cloth.

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