Vintage Household Hints 2

Vintage Household Hints 2
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washIn 1928 the first loaf of bread was machine sliced and wrapped in Missouri. In 1929 the first public demonstration of color television was held. Can you imagine how different times were back then?

While we may have many more technical advances in 2013, one thing is still the same. Families all around the world are still trying to save time and money while taking care of their homes. 

The following tips are from Woman’s World magazines during 1928 and 1929. It’s nice to know some things remain the same, no matter how much technology has changed the world. 

-If you have a small jug that vinegar came in, you can make it into a very pretty vase by cutting small pieces of different colored paper into many shapes and pasting them on the jug. Over this put a coat of shellac. The neck and base of the jug can be enameled to match the color scheme of your room. 

-Fix your thermometer on a bracket just outside of your window so that a glance out of the window will tell you the temperature. It will save the trip of going out of doors every time you want to look at it. 

-The proper way to water potted plants is to let them get sufficiently dry, and then to give them a thorough watering, filling the plants up full. If this amount is not sufficient to pass right through, fill them up again until the water is seen to run through the bottoms of the pots.

This treatment will clear the crocks of anything lodging in them, and if the crocking has been done properly, the plants will not become water-logged. 

To ascertain whether or not a plant needs watering, lift it, and after you have had a little experience, its weight will tell you what you wish to know. Another method is to knock the side of the flowerpot with the knuckles. If you get a clear ring, the plant requires watering, but if the sound produced in dull and heavy, then the plant is wet. 

-Cut plain colored or small figured oilcloth to fit around pot and sew or glue in place. It looks nice and water won’t hurt it; it will not fade in a sunny window. 

My notes: oil cloth was a cloth, often canvas that was treated with linseed oil. It was popular in and before the 1950’s.  The flannel backed plastic tablecloths took it place for the most part, but there is reproduction “oil cloth” offered by some manufacturers.

-When using ready mixed paint, it is often hard to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the can. A simple way to avoid this is to let the can stand upside down for a half hour, or longer, before using. Then the paint will have mixed itself by the time it is needed.

-To empty a tub or a barrel of water, fill your garden hose with water from the hydrant, first closing one end. Put the open end into the bottom of the tub or barrel, then open the closed end and lay it on the ground. All of the water will soon drain out. This is much better than bailing the water of lifting heavy tubs.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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