I absolutely hate noisy machines…. especially lawn blowers, vacuum cleaners and anything that pierces the tranquility of the Urban Homestead. Guess it was growing up in the country with peace and quiet, I really, REALLY get annoyed with any loud mechanical sounds.I think that part of my dislike for machines was growing up hearing my dad say “If it goes “brrrrr’ I don’t want it.” He hated noisy machines, too.
Although we do have an electric vacuum, I rarely use it. Instead I opt to sweep the carpets or use this much quieter non electric “carpet sweeper.” It does a pretty good job. Our home is decorated/furnished in typical old fashion manner, We only have area rugs on wood floors which makes cleaning much easier – no need for all those chemicals to keep wall to wall carpets clean. *Shudder*
A friend of ours gave us a 1908 copy of HOUSEHOLD DISCOVERIES AND MRS CURTIS COOKBOOK
What a plethora of households tips … my kind of tips showing how one can do with without electricity and products from the supermarket
I especially love the chapter about cleaning… they have a WHOLE entire chapter on how to sweep properly!
“To sweep well with a broom is an art that calls for quite a little skill and intelligence. There are wrong ways in sweeping as well as the right way…”
People often say “I can’t do all that you do.” True, but you can do something. Change ONE thing. Everyone has to clean so take stock of your cleaning . Are they more helpful or harmful. You’d be surprised that just pairing down to simple basics like vinegar and baking soda can do the cleaning chores very well.
Here are some advantages to a carpet sweeper: noiseless, lightweight, inexpensive, easy storage and ease of use, no cords to tangle, no disposable bags, gets under furniture and beds easier,no cords to plug in and unplug which makes it faster so you use it more and keek a cleaner home. Disadvantages:… hmmmm, can’t think of any?
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