Modern machinery and technology have, without a doubt, made our lives much easier. But there are some things fancy machines just can’t replace. Old-fashioned housekeeping tricks that have been passed down through generations have been passed down for one reason. They work!
9 Housekeeping Tips Every Mom Should Teach Her Children:
1. Learn how to iron well.
Nothing conveys a message of “I don’t care,” more than wrinkled clothes. Kids need this skill as there will be times when mom won’t be able to wield the iron for them. (College, for instance.) There is no need for your child to lose a job opportunity because they show up to a job interview in wrinkled clothes.
2. A good smell goes a long way.
Keep your home smelling fresh by spritzing Febreeze on fabric furniture every now and then. (Test for colorfastness first, of course!) You can also toss a lavender sachet into your dryer with your sheets and towels to give them a fresh scent. When your home smells clean, the perception is, it is clean.
3. Keep white vinegar on hand.
This natural cleaning solution is handy for several household chores. Mix it with baking soda for an excellent stain remover or use it alone on hard surfaces.
4. Learn how to do laundry, properly.
Taking care of your clothing is an invaluable life skill. Your clothes are an investment and taking good care of them will help them last much longer.
5. Toothpaste can do more than clean your teeth.
It’s a great way to remove pesky scuffs from your floors. You can also use a small amount to clean your jewelry. It is much less expensive than jewelry cleaner and gets the job done just as well.
6. Greet overnight guests with a tidy welcome.
Turn down the bed coverings to warmly greet your guests. Leave a few magazines, (local if available!) a filled water decanter with a glass next to the bed to make them feel cozy and welcome!
7. Dust your light bulbs and lamp shades.
These items have a tendency to get forgotten, but it only takes a few minutes to them wipe down.
8. Learn good shortcuts.
Stretching time between deep cleaning is a skill that will improve your quality of life exponentially! Find ways to cheat the system and make things easier. Regularly cleaning the dirt means your spring cleaning can be spent on other things.
9. Learn a signature dish.
Whether it is an entree, a side dish, dessert or even a salad, learning to make something to you can take to every event is a necessity. You know you have your dish when more than two people ask you for the recipe!
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