Fix-it Friday – Our ancestors had many hints for making household tasks easier in the 1920s.
Household hints from the 1920s
- Brass that is badly discolored and tarnished can be cleaned if rubbed first with salt and vinegar or oxalic acid, then given a thorough washing with soap and water and polished with some metal cleaning preparation
- It is claimed that new kid gloves will go on the easier if an hour or so before you are ready to put them on for the first time, you place them between the folds of a damp towel. The dampness stretches the kid.
- The stems of cut flowers should never be cut with scissors, but rather with a sharp knife. If scissors are used the stems become compressed and the tiny pores close up so that no water can reach the top of the stem.