Good morning! Although I’m a modern girl at heart, who relies daily on her electronics and modern conveniences, I do so love getting lost in another historical time period. It doesn’t matter how I enter that time-gone-by, whether it’s through a television program or
a movie or simply reading a well-written book. Once there, I always find myself wondering what it was really like to live way-back-when. A simpler life, yes, but was it an easy life? I don’t think so.
In the spirit of “what was it really like” I have more 1800s household tips to share today.
• Caring for brooms: Dip the broom once a week for a minute or two in a kettle of boiling suds. This process makes the broom tough but pliable and will extend its life.
• Dusting carpets: To prevent excessive wear, carpets should not be swept frequently with a whisk brush (once a week is sufficient). All other times sprinkle tea leaves over the area and sweep carefully with a hair brush.
• Dusting floors: Before you sweep, throw a little wet sand on the floor. This will gather up all the dust and prevent it from rising onto tabletops and furniture.
• Cleaning woodwork: Use a mixture of one pound of soft soap, two ounces of pearl ash, one pint of sand and one pint of table-beer. Simmer these substances over a slow fire and let them mix well. Use flannel to rub on the area. Wash it off with warm water and dry thoroughly with a linen cloth.
• Poison for bugs: Mix four ounces each of wine and turpentine with a half ounce each of mercury and camphor. Apply with a brush to the bedstead or box infested with the insects.
• Remedies against fleas: Fumigation with brimstone is
best. If none is available then sew fresh leaves of penny-royal in a bag and lay the bag on the bed.
• To clean baths or washbasins: When a scum forms on the inside of the bath or basin, rub the places with dry salt.
• To treat leather: Rub the dull surface with well-beaten egg whites.
• For preventing hysterics: Mix a small portion of ginger and salt with finely ground caraway seeds. Spread the mixture on top of buttered bread; eat in the early morning and at night before going to bed.
I especially like that last one on the list. I”m wondering if it worked?