Days Gone By - stories from the past

FiF- Fix-it-Friday:Time savers from the past for housework…. Do you have more?

Our parents came up with some unusual ideas to save time and energy around the house. Here are a few:

“A button sewed to the corner of the dish cloth comes in handy to scrape sticky particles from the dishes.”

“Put zipper on ironing board cover.”ironingboard

“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.”

“Dipping a new broom in hot salt water before using will toughen the bristles and make it last much longer.”old-straw-broom

“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.”

The homeowner’s guide to paint and painting 1982


More interesting and sometimes humorous solutions and old recipes can be found in the book: VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

See all books by Donna R. Causey



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


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