fresh laundry

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There’s no better feeling than having all the laundry caught up, folded, and put away. Thankfully, at the moment I feel pretty caught up in the laundry department.

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Rachel came over a week or so ago and helped me do some major cleaning in my laundry room, which also happens to be our dining room, so I’ve been able to maintain and slowly even make progress towards getting our little nest all ready to welcome the new little fella.

Vintage homemaking tip :: marketing

If it be practicable, get a friend in the country to procure you a quantity of lard, butter, and eggs, at the time they are cheapest, to be put down for winter use. You will be likely to get them cheaper and better than in the city market; but by all means put down your winter’s stock. Lard requires no other care than to be kept in a dry, cool place. Butter is sweetest in September and June; because food is then plenty, and not rendered bitter by frost. Pack your butter in a clean, scalded firkin, cover it with strong brine, and spread a cloth all over the top, and it will keep good until the Jews get into Grand Isle. If you happen to have a bit of salt-petre, dissolve it with the brine. Dairy-women say that butter comes more easily, and has a peculiar hardness and sweetness, if the cream is scalded and strained before it is used. The cream should stand down cellar over night, after being scalded, that it may get perfectly cold.

~ THE AMERICAN FRUGAL HOUSEWIFE by Lydia M. Child 1832

Vintage homemaking tip :: keep iron clean – part two

“From Chicago: I clean the outside of my iron with a damp paper towel and a small amount of toothpaste. Any brand works. Then I wipe it clean with another clean, damp paper towel. The iron must be cool to use this method. This method also shines the sides of the iron.”

~ 1962 Heloise’s Housekeeping Hints