17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, March 8, 1913: It was kind of dull here today. Nothing much of anything doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm—What boring chores did Grandma need to do on a dull Saturday in March? ’
When I was a child, a weekly Saturday chore was to wash all the hair brushes and combs. I wonder if Grandma also did this when she was young,
I think that the reason we washed the brushes and combs was to have clean ones after we washed our hair. (We only washed our hair once a week back then.)
Here’s how to wash brushes and combs:
Add two or three tablespoons of baking soda to a small pan filled very hot water. (I use very hot tap water.) Swish the brushes and combs through the water—and “comb” the brushes with the combs. This cleans both the brush bristles and the comb teeth. Rinse with cool water. Lay on counter to air dry.
My sense is that people brushed their hair a lot more in the old days—and that brushing was one way to distribute, or remove, the oil and dirt between washings.
I can remember those old luxurious boar hair brushes that we used to have. Can you still buy them?