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20 Reasons mexican Cleaning products In A Latino Home Is Like No Other

People love to talk about spring cleaning as if it’s not something we were dragged out of bed every Saturday morning to do all 52 weeks out of the year. Seriously. How many times did you spend a Saturday morning at home cleaning everything in the house? You were never allowed to just tidy things up. No. You have to lift the furniture and make sure that every inch of the floor was swept, mopped and bleached to mami and abuela’s liking. Here are a few examples of how Latinos take that Spring Cleanign idea to a whole new level.

1. Spring Break = Spring Cleaning

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I mean, did you ever *actually* look forward to spring break? This is the week that your mom tells you, “What? You have something better to do? Dále.”

2. There’s only one way to trapeando.

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And that’s with a cuban mop. The classic way to do this is with an old towel, your mop, and a bucket. But of course, your mami has a system…

3. And it would be nothing without mistolín.

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You have two buckets: one filled with mistolín and water, and another that becomes the aqua sucio. Once you smell that lavanda scent, you know your day is over.

4. You’ll miss the days of complaining about being stuck on the sofa…

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Because once she started mopping, it was a cardinal sin to touch the floors. Try going one week without hearing, “No toque el piso!”

5. Because these days, if you miss a spot, you’re done.

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She’ll probably just clean everything all over again while muttering under her breath how she has to do everything and how ungrateful you are. There’s no winning. Don’t even try.

6. On the rare occasion, the fam retires old food containers for NEW food containers.

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It’s always a fun surprise when you open the mantequilla tupper to find pozole. Mama likes to switch it up once a month though to keep you on your toes.

7. Verdad, we’re actually very eco-friendly spring cleaners.

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Only tontas buy dish towels. Just reuse old T-shirts and towels for cleaning! The best feeling? When your mom volunteers your favorite old t-shirts that you’ve been missing, and know you can’t say shit when you finally find it in your mother’s hand, wiping up bathroom grime.

8. Spring cleaning also means reusing old clothes to make pillows, or vice versa.

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One time, my mom spent hours sewing an old curtain onto my jeans as patches (circa 2006), and was devastated when it seemed I was embarrassed. Naturally, I had to wear them to school, and had to suffer. #TheLatinoWay

9. There are some things you can never purge though.

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Honestly, I’m shaking for this Twitter user. *Does Sign of the Cross* Pray that her mom never sees this post.

10. Like VapoRub.

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Nobody cares if there’s nothing left in the canister. You can still pop open the cap and the healing powers of it’s stench will clear your congestion, your headache and your depression. Keep it close, mija.

11. It wouldn’t be any kind of cleaning day without Fabuloso.

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Just toss that shit on the patio, on your floors and wipe away! Ever notice that it streaks rainbow?

12. Latinos know best, UCF.

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This Twitter user shared the obvious solution with University of Central Florida. Psh, they really need some Latinos on their management staff.

13. And mothers everywhere are teaching their daughters young how to clean right.

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I’ll confess, I’m a little riled up over this. Can someone please give their son cleaning toys and end machismo already?!

14. How you know you’re Latino: You need counter space to clean the oven.

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Because you store all your pots, pans and even cutting boards in the oven. This is a labor intensive job, friends.

15. And you know the time has come when certain songs come on.

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For me, it was Ricky Martin. TBH, it still is. He’s a family hero and his music makes me want to dance, sing, and hide all at the same time.

16. Don’t forget to wipe the dust off the fake fruit.

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Will someone please help a girl understand why we need so much fake fruit? And why I was always stuck wiping the grapes, the most notoriously difficult to clean fruit?!

17. P.S. the cleaning never stops.

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If you don’t seem busy, or if, God forbid, you seem bored, prepare yourself for an afternoon of weeding or an afternoon of being made to feel like a POS. Every mom is different, but those are kinda the only two options where I come from.

18. The few days after cleaning, you better walk on eggshells.

If you leave even a single fork in the sink, it’s, “Nobody loves me. Who here respects my time? Nadie?! Fine, then nobody will miss me when I’m gone!” And then, while your mom fumes away from the house, your dad and siblings all spend the afternoon cleaning and cooking to prove your love for her.

19. So you did everything right?!

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There will be no praise. Just, “Why can’t you be like this every day?” Until next sabado, mami!

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

Moms have blessed us with an amazing laundry fact that has apparently been around forever. Turns out that plastic lid cup that comes with your washing detergent is so much than for measuring liquid.

A little known fact was shared in the private Facebook group Mums Who Clean and the tip-off has reeled in millions of comments and views.

While all of us probably use the lids of our detergent bottles for measuring out the soup it turns out you’re meant to put the plastic lid or cup into the wash with your load. That way all of the detergent soap can be rinsed from it. This means that not only do your clothes get the exact amount of detergent it needs but it also means that this method will keep you from getting that messy soap up in your cup.

When the load is finished you scoop out the squeaky clean cup and use it for next time!

Don’t forget to be careful!

This hack doesn’t apply to all caps. Some brands will specify that the cup can’t be added i to your wash. According to news.com.au “There could be a risk of damaging parts and components, within the bowl itself, in relation to the agitator…It could get caught or trapped under the agitator or damage the fins of the agitator. Also it could damage the plastic cup you put in, resulting in bits of plastic going through your clothes.”

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Fabuloso Is A Latino Staple But Switching Out The Cleaner With Vinegar Helps The Planet

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Fabuloso Is A Latino Staple But Switching Out The Cleaner With Vinegar Helps The Planet

Growing up in a Latino household often means that you are very familiar with some kind of hardcore cleaning routine, and this time of year is no exception. In fact, according to a 2010 study by Garcia Research, 40 percent of Latinos reported the holidays as their peak season for cleaning. The study also investigated the housekeeping lessons shared between generations, revealing that cleaning is widely considered a rite of passage in Latino families, a ritual taught to jovenes by their madres y abuelas. Be that as it may, when you’re a kid, nothing te da pereza quite as much as the scent of Fabuloso rousing you awake on an early Saturday morning.

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Still, those scents have come to define many Latinos’ memories of youth and childhood, and it’s true that these characteristic products often carry over into our cleaning routines as adults. It’s no secret that Fabuloso is especially beloved, with Latino creators crafting things like Fabuloso-scented candles to keep its fragrant spirit alive. 

But perhaps your abuelita wasn’t a major proponent for Fabuloso or Jabon Zote? Maybe you were taught how to blend natural products to make your home positively reluciente? Or maybe you grew up with all the traditional favorites, but you’re curious about a more natural, low-waste approach to keeping your home clean?

No matter which category you fall into, there is one household item that covers all the cleaning bases—something you probably have in your pantry right now. Whether you want to switch up your cleaning routine or learn new uses for your favorite natural product, we’ve got you covered.

Vinegar comes in many shapes and sizes, all of which offer their own unique variety of benefits. And even if you hate the taste of this highly acidic liquid, there is no denying its impressive range of magical uses.

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While vinegar isn’t a super common staple in a Latin American kitchen—often replaced by the acidic properties of various citrus fruits (especially limes)—it’s a relatively typical component of certain salsas and adobos. But beyond its culinary uses, vinegar has serious cleaning superpowers that are totally safe, nontoxic, inexpensive, and sustainable.

Distilled White Vinegar

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All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with 3 cups of water and use on literally everything. You can use this solution to achieve streak-free windows, perfectly clean stovetops, showers, and tile floors. If you don’t love its astringent smell, let the vinegar sit in a jar with your favorite herbs, like thyme, rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus (lemon or lime peels would also be an amazing addition), then strain and mix with water.

Microwave Cleaner

The microwave is truly a gift from the heavens—how else would you heat up your Cup o Noodles at the end of an especially spendy month? We all know how asqueroso the microwave can get, but vinegar is the perfect solution. To get rid of any weird smells or cooked on food, combine ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high until the mixture comes to a boil and steam forms on the window. Let the window cool slightly, then wipe away any residue.

Sink Drain Cleaner

La cocina can be one of the grossest parts of your home—a 2012 study proved that kitchen sinks may harbor more bacteria than the darkest corners of the bathroom, and although vinegar and lemon can clean some bacteria, they aren’t capable of killing the most harmful. Still, if a strange smell is emanating from your sink drain, pouring 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain once a week, letting it sit for 30 minutes, then rinsing with cold water can help keep the bowels of your sink super fresh.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Fabric Softener/Laundry Detergent

This one’s pretty simple: add ½ cup – 2 cups of apple cider vinegar (depending on what it is you’re washing) during the last rinse cycle, to remove any potentially-irritating soap residue and leave your clothes in a perfectly comfortable and anti-microbial state.

Hair Rinse and Conditioner Alternative

Apple cider vinegar is packed with nutrients that support healthy skin and hair, including B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium. And for those who experience conditions like dandruff, apple cider vinegar can offer relief due to its antimicrobial properties. It is also anti-inflammatory, which means that it can guard against the inflammation response that often leads to a dry, flaky scalp. All you have to do is mix 2-4 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar with 16 oz of water in a spray bottle. Spray your hair from the scalp to the ends after your typical shampoo routine, and voila—super soft, shiny, and healthy hair.

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