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Vinegar, potato, onion ... this is how our grandmothers cleaned the glass

Nowadays the use of glass cleaners purchased in the supermarket with pleasant aromas that increase the feeling of clean space is very frequent. But do you remember the products that cleaned our windows and mirrors our mothers and our grandmothers? In some homes, these traditional methods are still used regularly or on time, either by conviction or by emergency: the window cleaner is over and we have to improvise.

Our grandmothers, very clever, knew how to get the most out of natural or chemical resources of those that were available, sometimes because they had no more options. And so they transmitted us a very useful knowledge for years, which can help us on certain occasions, but which today has been relegated by technology, lack of time and the availability of new resources, which does not mean that were not effective and did not achieve an acceptable result.

Your crystals smell that they feed

He vinegar it has probably been the flagship product for many years in general cleaning, but also specifically as glass cleaner. I remember my mother using it for everything: for floors, for furniture, for windows ... even for hair. It really is an ecological cleaner, which is also degreaser, disinfectant, water softener, rinse aid ... and for some people even air freshener. For me personally it is here where it fails: I continue to associate the acidity of its aroma to the kitchen and I do not like that my crystals smell like salad, but I understand that there are people who may like it.

What I don't think has many followers is the aroma of onion, another homemade product frequently used to clean the crystals, especially when they have a thick layer of dust. The potato, less fragrant, it has also been a resource used by our elders to remove dirt from the glass and not only at home. I have the image of my father cleaning the moons of the car with a potato, especially after a frost and I have also seen how divers rubbed their diving goggles with a broken potato, to clean the glass, but also to prevent fogging inside from sea.

The fingerprints that we left marked on the crystals (those with children you know what I mean, right?) I remember my mother removing them with the medicine cabinet spirit, although I have heard that there are people who turn to Alcohol to burn. These products, together with the ammonia reduced in water, give off vapors that can be toxic in closed places, so I will never forget my mother's warnings, especially with the use of ammonia: “always clean by ventilating and try not to breathe directly on the product, at the slightest dizziness, for especially very careful if you are up on a stool or cleaning the exterior glass of the window ”. With such a warning of a protective mother, it seemed even a risky task to clean the windows.

Have you finished reading the newspaper? Make me a ball

Many people opted for a splash of dishwasher in a bucket of water that they applied with a damp cloth, to later remove with a rubber end glass cleaner or with paper. What to use diary paper to remove the remains of dirt on the glass must be as old as the existence of the written press, because I remember it since I have reason. Of course, you had to make a little ball, it was not worth the stretched page because it undid you and it stuck to the glass. With the advent of the kitchen roll, newspaper as a "cloth" went to the background in many homes.

Now I wonder what face our grandmothers would put if they saw us cleaning the glass with our KVrcher WV50: spray, clean and vacuum. Fast, effortless, no dripping, no fringes, no fluff… gleaming in a few minutes. I guess they would be surprised to discover a so comfortable, efficient and healthy system and that they would remember the hours they have spent on a stool rubbing the crystals. Kärcher's WV50 glass cleaner cannot give you back your time and effort, but I would like to thank you for your teachings and your love. Do you feel like telling us what your grandmother cleaned the crystals?

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