Old wives tales that are handy practical tips

Posted on 24th May 2017

A wise woman once said…

How many times have you called something an old wives’ tale because you didn’t believe it was true?

Believe it or not, there are a great number of old wives’ tales that are actually true and many of them can help you spruce up your home in time for Summer.

Take a look at these tricks to get your home in tip top shape and see if you’d be willing to give any of them a try.

Clean your windows with vinegar

Vinegar is the homemaker’s panacea; a non-toxic alternative to standard chemical cleaning products. Because it’s acidic, it breaks down the layers of dirt that builds up on glass and windows. Mix up a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water, and the results will leave your windows glistening in the sun and the envy of all your neighbours.


Fluff dented carpets with ice cubes

Dents in your carpet caused by tables and chairs are a thing of the past with this simple but effective hack. Place an ice cube in the dent and simply wait until the ice has melted, then fluff up your carpet with a cloth or a soft brush. Et voila! The dent should be gone. With this super cool trick, you’ll never have to worry about moving your furniture again.


Eliminate those awful kitchen smells

Bin smells are a fact of modern life, but that doesn’t make them any less pleasant. There are some scents you can bring into your home without flooding your space with flowers. Throwing a few lemon slices in to your dustbin to get rid of those unwanted odours and lighting a vanilla scented candle in a bowl of coffee beans will make your whole kitchen smell like vanilla coffee. Or if you prefer, sprinkling baking soda or cat litter in the bottom of your bin bag can soak up bad odours entirely.


Repair scratches in wooden furniture

Small scratches on furniture or on wooden floors will magically vanish thanks to a walnut. The oils are nutritious for wood and will transform scratches and scuffs, making your wooden furniture look as good as new. All you need to do is remove the shell and rub the nut gently over the marks until they vanish. Sound too good to be true? Take a look at this video demonstration!

We hope you have enjoyed our old wives’ tales. Try them out and tweet us at @ventureprop; we’d love to see the results.