18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, November 24, 1913: Cleaned the kitchen today. Feel rather tired and sleepy by this time.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I understand how you feel. I did a major cleaning and re-organization of my kitchen cabinets last week-end, and I was also exhausted by the time I finished.
Here’s some advice from a hundred-year-old book on cleaning the kitchen sink:
The care of a house increases in proportion to the plumbing. Odors are often found in houses where the plumbing is of the very best, but this can be helped and possibly prevented by the intelligent use of proper disinfectants.
Kitchen Sink: The kitchen sink should be treated every other week with a hot solution of sal-soda (washing soda).
A solution of sal-soda is made by dissolving one pint or one pound of sal-soda to four gallons of boiling water; pour this while hot into the pipes; for pipes which may be clogged with grease make the solution much stronger.
Housekeeper’s Handy Book (1913) by Lucia Millet Baxter
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