Venetian blinds became popular after WWII, but I remember they were a “bear” to clean. They became dusty very easily — especially in the summer since windows had to remain open in the South to catch a breeze during the long hot days. (continued below)
All Day Job
It was an all-day job to get them clean once they became very dirty.
My mother would pick a hot sunny day and take all the blinds down at the same time. Each set from a room would be doused in our bathtub which was filled with hot, soapy suds. Then she would have “us children” wipe down the particularly dirty parts. The blinds would soak awhile in the tub while the windows were all scrubbed.
Next, we would all take the heavy, soaking wet blinds outside and hang them on the clothesline to dry and she would move to the next room to take down the blinds and do the same.
We managed to have all the blinds hanging on the clothesline by noon.
They hung there the rest of the day or until they were dry, then rehung on the windows just before our evening meal.
I still remember the nice smell of a cool evening breeze flowing over the freshly washed blinds at night as I drifted off to sleep — a day well-spent.
This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.
With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love