Over the last month, eSpares ran a competition on Birmingham Favourites to find the best “old wives tales” to help with cleaning. Below are a select few of the entries, including the winning entry from Norman Cherry PhD DA MCSD FRSA CRODCP.
Clean Your Windows...Without the Streaks:
On a bright spring morning, nothing beats sitting eating your breakfast and looking out onto the garden – as it becomes a hotbed of colour and nature. Yet many of us are greeted by dirty or streaky windows.
Whatever specialist window cleaning products we use, the results still seem to be the same – smears and streaks are left. But this doesn’t need to be the case, ditch the specialist cleaning products and instead follow the advice outlined, by Kathleen, below...
“Add a splash of washing up liquid and a splash of white vinegar into a bowl of warm water. Use this to clean your windows, before polishing them with old newspaper”
Remove Odours from Your Carpets:
When you vacuum your floors you remove roughly 80% of the dirt which is on them, but vacuuming alone doesn’t remove odours which may have sunk into the fibres and leave an unpleasant aroma within the room.
Looking to tackle a smelly carpet (or rug)? Keith has the answer...
“Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over your carpets and rugs, leaving the bicarbonate of soda for 15 minutes before vacuuming. You’ll be left with clean and odour free carpets.”
Tackle the Dust:
Dusting, do you do it before you vacuum or once you’ve vacuumed? If you do it before, any dust which falls on the floor can be removed but it always seems that you need to dust again straight afterwards. If you leave the dusting until after you’ve vacuumed any dust which falls onto the floor remains there, leaving the room looking untidy.
The solution, according to the winning “old wives tale” sent in by Norman, is to not dust. Norman explains...
“After two months, dust no longer grows on your stuff, so just ignore it. This was allegedly practised by the late Quentin Crisp, but my late friend the author Oppi Untracht DID practice this. I visited his apartment in Porvoo, Finland, and was so impressed by how well it worked that I resolved to try it out myself - and it DOES indeed work. Think of how much time we could all save if we gave it a try - even only for a couple of months............ and, if we normally employ cleaners, how much money we would save.”
The team at eSpares would like to thank everyone who took part in this competition, and remember if you’re looking for advice and tips on cleaning or maintaining your household appliances, visit the eSpares blog.
By Michael Younger, Copywriter by nature and Twitter user (@myounger14)