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We test out old-fashioned household tips to see which cleaning hacks scrub up best – The Sun

We test out old-fashioned household tips to see which cleaning hacks scrub up best – The Sun

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DO OLD WIVES’ TALES CLEAN UP?

Good old-fashioned remedies for everyday chores have been tried and tested against some biggest cleaning brands

SUPERMARKETS are packed with powerful products designed to tackle nearly every cleaning chore.

But does Granny know best?

A new report has revealed some of the most effective cleaning methods are those employed by older generations.

Here, LAURA STOTT tests some traditional cleaning tricks to see which household hacks scrub up well – and which are best confined to the past.

She marks each method out of five stars.

Windows

Old: Sarson’s white vinegar, 99p, Tesco  ★★★★★

New: Windolene glass spray, £2, Sainsbury’s ★★

 Window cleaning is one of the most hated household chores

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Window cleaning is one of the most hated household chores

CLEANING windows is one of my most hated household chores.

Glass spray always leaves my panes covered in smears or streaks and looking no better afterwards than they did before I started.

The old-fashioned method is to mix bog-standard white wine vinegar – which has natural anti-bacterial powers – with equal parts water.

Give it a shake, apply to the windows then polish off with a soft cloth or newspaper.

As I followed the instructions, I worried the house would smell like a chippy.

But to my surprise, the vinegar worked really well.

It dried quickly, the smell soon vanished and after a good wipe, my windows were left sparkling.

All for less than the price of a bag of chips.

 Winner . . . Sarson’s white vinegar
Winner . . . Sarson’s white vinegar

Stains

Old: DP soda crystals, £1.49, ocado.com ★★★★

New: Fairy non-bio detergent, £3.50, Morrisons ★★★

 Did DP soda crystals or Fairy non-bio detergent act best against stubborn stains?

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Did DP soda crystals or Fairy non-bio detergent act best against stubborn stains?

YOU can pick up a bag of these old-fashioned stain-busters in the supermarket for half the price of normal washing powder.

They contain no bleach or enzymes so unlike some modern detergents, they can be used to tackle tough stains on any fabric.

The multi-purpose crystals can be used in everyday washes to soften water and sprinkled on fabrics or rugs and carpets to dispel any niffs.

Cleaning results on my stained top were impressive and cost a fraction of the price of my usual non-bio powder. I can see why oldies counted the crystals as a cleaning-cupboard essential.

 Winner . . . DP soda crystals
Winner . . . DP soda crystals

Kitchens

Old: Lemons, £1.75 for three, Tesco     ★★★★★

New: Cif kitchen spray, £2.50, ocado.com ★★★

 We test out lemons v kitchen spray against bacteria and grease

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We test out lemons v kitchen spray against bacteria and grease

I ALWAYS have lemons in my kitchen but have never used them to clean it before.

Old-fashioned wisdom states lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent, which makes it great for removing stains.

It will also kill bacteria and swipe through grease.

I cut up a lemon and smeared the pulp all over my chopping board, then left it for a couple of hours before rinsing with warm water.

I was left with a spotless board that smelled lovely and fresh.

My usual kitchen spray also cleans impressively but this chemical-free method feels kinder on the kitchen – as well as being nicer on my nose.

 Winner . . . Lemons
Winner . . . Lemons

Washing up

Old: DP bicarb of soda £1.50, Tesco ★★★

New: Fairy washing-up liquid, £1.60, Sainsbury’s ★★★★

 Fairy liquid lends itself as a hassle free method against dirt

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Fairy liquid lends itself as a hassle free method against dirt

BAKING soda is a natural abrasive and previous generations made it into a scouring paste to clean saucepans, sinks and even ovens.

I mixed up a ratio of half bicarbonate of soda to half water, then set to tackling a dirty pan.

It was effective at cleaning but mixing up the paste was a faff and scouring the pan still required plenty of elbow-grease.

Squirting some washing-up liquid in the pan and leaving it to soak, meanwhile, was quick and easy with great results.

For lazy cleaners, this modern method is far less hassle.

 Winner . . . Fairy washing-up liquid
Winner . . . Fairy washing-up liquid

Bathroom

Old: Grapefruit, 50p, and salt, 80p, Tesco ★★★★★

New: Flash Wipes, £2, Tesco ★★

 We put grapefruit and salt to the test in the bathroom

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We put grapefruit and salt to the test in the bathroom

GOING into the bathroom armed with half a grapefruit and a bag of salt was a first for me.

To clean my bathroom the traditional way I squeezed the fruit into the sink, sprinkled over salt and got scrubbing.

I hate the powerful chemical smell of bathroom cleaners so I was delighted by how well this fruity, bleach-free way worked.

The sink and bath were left gleaming and the bathroom smelled good enough to eat.

 Winner . . . Old fashioned grapefruit and salt
Winner . . . Old fashioned grapefruit and salt

Mirror cleaner

Old: Gordon’s Gin £12, Asda ★★

New: Windolene shiny surfaces spray, £2, Tesco ★★★

 We tested how best to clean the streaks from household mirrors with gin and surface spray

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We tested how best to clean the streaks from household mirrors with gin and surface spray

I CAN’T help but wonder which deluded killjoy from some previous generation decided to waste an enjoyable tipple on cleaning boring old mirrors.

I reluctantly followed instructions to mix gin with water to give my mirror a good polish.

The results weren’t bad – but I’d only clean with the booze again in an emergency.

It is pricier than a modern cleaning spray.

Much better to finish the housework then put your feet up with a nice G&T instead.

 Winner . . . Windolene shiny surface spray
Winner . . . Windolene shiny surface spray

Result

Old – 4

New – 2

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