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SATURDAY SECRETS: colored brass, saving cut flowers & kid gloves

Our ancestors had many hints for making household tasks easier in the 1920s.

Flowers Maud Powell violinist arranging flowers (1920 Bain News Service Library of Congress)

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.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves  -many people swear by this potent natural remedy for many illnesses – Would you like to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup? Discover this recipe as well as many household tips from the past in  Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

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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