Amish Cleaning Hacks We Can’t Live Without

Monica Gray - September 8, 2023

Coming face to face with a dirty rug or clogged drain can create unnecessary stress. No matter how clean of a person you might be, you might feel like you’re always fighting against dirt and grime and can never stay on top of it. There’s nothing like having a clean house, which is why these Amish deodorizing hacks are so necessary. Maintaining a clean home shouldn’t set you back precious dollars, which is why it’s a good idea to adapt Amish traditions when it comes to cleaning. The Amish lifestyle is all about organic, clean living, sustainability, and simplicity. This is why this also translates to how they clean their homes. Not only will going natural create a better environment in your home, but it will save you money over the long run.


Clean Your Rugs

Rugs are probably the toughest things to clean in your home. No matter what you do, you might feel like you can never keep them clean, especially if you have little toes running around your home all day long. Luckily, Amish tradition provided us with a hack that will help you keep your rugs clean. All you have to do is take baking soda, cornstarch, bay leaves, and borax and put it all into a blender. Mix it up, pour the mixture on your rug, and let it sit for two to three hours. Grab your vacuum and clean it as you normally would. The mixture will pull out any dust and grime stuck to your rug. You could make a ton of mixture and save it for future uses (Advap).

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Unclog Your Drains With Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most natural cleaning ingredients out there, so it comes as no surprise that it’s used in Amish tradition. All you need is a measuring cup, baking soda, and white vinegar. First, pour hot water down your drain. Then, mix a cup of baking soda, and six cups of white vinegar, and pour it down the clogged drain. Let it sit for a few minutes as the mixture works its magic. The bubbling of the mixture will get rid of the built-up grime and leave your club as good as new. Best of all, it’s completely harmless and natural (Liquid Plumr).


Clean Pots and Pans

You likely have some pots and pans lying around your home that have burned food bits or oil stains caked onto the bottom. The Amish have a cure for that. The life of your pot isn’t yet over! All you have to do is grab some washing soda and sprinkle some of it over the affected parts. Spray it with water and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Grab a scouring pad and scrub off the burned bits. When you rinse it, the burned bits will come off and go down the drain. Your pots and pans are saved! (Pinterest).


Unclog Your Sink With Hooks

If your drain is extra clogged, you need to manually remove the residue before using a solution. To start, you can use a simple Amish hack that doesn’t involve any chemicals to unclog your drain. There’s nothing more natural than using crochet hooks or wire hooks from your hangers to manually remove materials that have accumulated over time in your drain. This is especially handy for those drains that are clogged from meals or improper draining methods like dumping grease down the sink. This will help remove large materials and clean them up before using the vinegar solution (Martens Plumbing).

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Use Wood Brushes

Not only are wood brushes natural, but they’re durable and can be used in a variety of ways. The Amish are more likely to manually clean things, which is why they love using this wood brush. It’s great at getting all the tough spots around your home where dirt and dust accumulate. Since the brush is small and easy to hold, you can get all those hard-to-reach places (Webstaurant Store).


Air Dry Everything

Instead of having a clunky dryer taking up space in your home, take an Amish approach. They air-dry everything. This is also a popular technique in Europe. Not only does this save energy and money, but it’s safer for your clothes. It doesn’t risk them shrinking. It also gives them a pleasant scent. This isn’t seasonal, either. You can dry your clothes in the winter. According to Speed Queen, “Drying on a line in winter is a form of freeze-drying thanks to sublimation — or ice evaporating from a solid state. Wet clothing may freeze, but the moisture evaporates into water vapor leaving behind dry clothing that just needs a little loosening.” Many Amish families take advantage of this fact (Yahoo).


DIY Mothballs

Mothballs have been around for a while, and they’re an essential part of keeping your clothes moth-free. It’s the best way to keep your clothes around for as long as possible! Thanks to the Amish, you don’t need to run out and buy mothballs any longer. You can make your mothballs at home. All you need are cotton balls, cinnamon oil, and clove oil. Let the cotton balls absorb the solution and then place them in a big bag, near your clothes. This is a much better, natural alternative, and you have full control over the smell of your mothballs (Our Oily House).


All Natural Mildew Remover

Thanks to Amish tradition, they’ve managed to find the perfect solution to preventing mildew without having to use toxic cleaners. They make a concoction of 15 drops of thyme essential oil, warm water, and borax. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it around your bathroom. Not only will this prevent mildew, but your bathroom will smell fresh and fragrant (Mold Help For You).


DIY Fabric Softener

The Amish love using vinegar to clean, and it seems to be their secret, magical cleaning hack. They also use it in their DIY fabric softener. Add a half cup of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oils to the final rinse while you’re doing your laundry. Not only will the vinegar soften your fabric, but the essential oil will make it smell delicious (Healthline).

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Take Advantage Of Vinegar

Our bathrooms and kitchens are full of bacteria we can’t see. And even though we can always turn to chemical cleaning products to get the job done, at the end of the day, it’s not as safe. This is especially true if you have kids running around your home. The Amish use a unique hack that’s natural and as effective as toxic chemicals. Homeowner, meet vinegar! As we’ve mentioned before, vinegar is effective in cleaning homes. All you have to do is mix it with water, pour it into a spray bottle, and get spraying. It’s inexpensive, easy to obtain, and good for both the environment and your home (NSF).


Use Rubbing Alcohol To Clean Surfaces

There’s a lot more to rubbing alcohol than meets the eye. You can use it to rub off glue stains that made their way into your home, thanks to your creative children! This is all because the glue is released from the high concentration of isopropyl alcohol in rubbing alcohol that’s sprayed directly on the glue. It’s also useful for removing hairspray and spots on your mirror. The Amish know what they’re doing when it comes to simple hacks that get the job done better than chemical household items (Kecotabs).


Revamp That Tarnished Silver

Time is silver’s worst enemy. Over the years, silver and other oxidized metal ornaments have lost their shininess. But before you decide to discard them and get rid of them for good, pause for a moment. The Amish have a hack for that, and it’s all thanks to baking soda and warm water. Apply a mixture of warm water and baking soda to the silver for ten minutes and wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth. The baking soda works its magic and makes your silver shine and sparkle as if it’s brand new (The Spruce).

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Replace Chemicals With Castile Soapy Water

There’s no need to clean with chemicals when you have castile soapy water as an alternative. Pair that with old clothes and rags, and you have a completely natural, chemical-free way of cleaning. A bucket of warm soapy water does wonders for your home, especially when the soap is organic. Castile soap is an olive oil-based soap that doesn’t contain animal fats, making it completely natural. Reusing old rags is also good for the environment and will take out the need to head to the store to buy more products (Real Simple).


Remove Spots With Peanut Butter

Thanks to the Amish, we’ve learned that vinegar is effective in removing spots in random places around our homes, like our mirrors. But did you know peanut butter does the trick, too? You likely have a jar of peanut butter hanging out in one of your cupboards, waiting to be used. Just apply the peanut butter to the stain, let it sit overnight, and wipe it down in the morning. This is especially effective with wood tables, sticker residue, and carpets with bad smells (Greenhouse Eco Cleaning).

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Clean Your Floor With Olive Oil

Your kitchen is full of surprises, and one of them is in the form of olive oil. Besides using it as a cooking agent and dressing, you can also use it to clean your floor. The Amish prepare this blend with vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. Then, they use the solution to mop the floor using a cotton pad. Your floor will shine, look clean, and smell wonderful (Front Door).


Polish Leather Using Milk

Even though having leather accessories in your home looks and feels unique and comfortable, they can be a burden. After a while, they lose their newness and you might feel like they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Thanks to the Amish, they’ve provided us with a hack that keeps them from disintegrating and deteriorating right before our eyes. Grab some milk and rub it in a circular motion the leather using a microfiber cloth. Wipe off the excess milk from the leather using a dry rag. This removes the dullness and revamps them, much like shining silver. Commercial cleaners cost a lot and are not good for the environment, whereas milk is eco-friendly. You likely already have a bunch of it in your home! (Favored Leather).

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All-Purpose Amish Cleaner

The Amish secret to having a clean home is Borax. This is an all-purpose Amish cleaner that’s easy to use and easy to save. All you have to do is mix equal proportions of borax and boiled water in a container. Mix the liquid until it’s transparent and you can save it. Thanks to Borax’s 9.5pH levels, it’s alkaline, making it a perfect cleaning ingredient. When it’s combined with water, it can break down grease, oil, fatty, and acidic substances (Electrodry).

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Unclog Your Shower Heads

Just like your sink drains, your shower heads get clogged, too. This makes it more likely you’ll go a day without a shower, which can be a nightmare in some households. It’s easy to unclog your shower heads all thanks to Amish tradition. Fill a plastic zipper with white vinegar and wrap it around the shower head. Rest this setup overnight. The chemical reaction with vinegar will cause water to flow from your shower head, resulting in a warm, comforting bathing session.


Keep Insects At Bay With Citrus

If you have an issue with insects in your home or garden, then this Amish trick will take care of them. This is a natural alternative to harsh insecticides and other chemicals that may harm your home. Simply boil water and white vinegar. Then, add lemon peels to the concoction. Once it cools, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the area with issues. Alternatively, you can leave it sitting in a jar with a candle. Not only will you take care of the insects, but you’ll clean your entire space. Flies certainly dislike the smell of citrus. If you don’t have time to make a concoction, you can leave dried-out peels around your home to take care of the insects (Purdy and Figg).

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Regular Maintenance

Your appliances and things in your home won’t fix themselves. The Amish people fix things the second they realize they’re broken or show wear and tear. This helps prevent extensive cleanings or fixings later on that might take longer to fix or be more expensive. Cleaning every week will also help take care of allergies and avoid breathing problems that might come with dust or dirt. You’ll also avoid spreading germs, which will make your household a lot cleaner and healthier overall (The Clean Haven).


Clean Your Floors The Amish Way

If you run out of olive oil, the Amish have an alternative to cleaning your floors. Take regular household ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, warm water, and grated soap. This makes an effective cleaner that’ll get rid of stains and bacteria sitting on your floor (Homes and Gardens).