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FiF: (Fix-it Friday) Our ancestors knew how to recycle, even how to recycle popcorn – Have you ever tried any of these?

Here are some interesting recycling tips from the past:


“Do not throw away that old popcorn. If you can’t make it pop, put it in a jar, add 1 tablespoon water and let stand a week or two. It will pop.”

“To catch mice, place a gumdrop in the trap, instead of bacon or cheese. When the mouse goes to eat the gumdrop his or her teeth gets stuck and causes the trap to go off.”

“Save old match boxes and use them for molds when making homemade soap. Simply tear away the box portion when ready to use.”

“By dipping a new broom in hot salt water before using, will toughen the bristles and make it last much longer.”

“A small paint brush kept in the kitchen in a handy place will help you keep the crumbs from your toaster.”

“Tie paper sacks over bunches of grapes and they will keep on the vines many weeks longer.”

When lining dresser drawers or cupboard shelves, cut 3 layers of paper. Place all at once. When the top one is soiled, slip off the top one and there’s a clean one ready.”

“It’s easy to remember anniversaries and special days with a greeting if you select all your cards at one time. Address the envelopes and index them according to the date they should be mailed.”

“Onions will not make the eyes water if scalding water is poured over them before they are peeled.”

“Place the egg in a pan of water….If fresh, it will lie on its side, if a few days old, it will tilt upwards. If stale, it will stand on end..If very old, it will float.”

“To make carrots curl, slice very thin lengthwise. Drop in ice and water, the curl is natural and permanent.”

“When mending a large hole in a sweater, reinforce the hole with net. This forms a good foundation for darning, and will prevent puckering.”

“To made light switches visible at night, paint with luminous paint.”


Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey


One comment

  1. Bobby King

    I never use bacon. Cheese or peanut butter works well.

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