Hundred-Year-Old “Old Dutch” Cleaner Ad

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, May 4, 1912: They put me at cleaning the pantry. I’m not fond of house cleaning, and therefore did not like my work. Sewed some this afternoon. I intend to do a lot more often after school is out.

Source: National Food Magazine (May, 1912)


House Cleaning Time




Comes in

Dirt Goes


Try it on


Hard to


Many uses and full

directions on

large sifter can 10¢

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The pantry probably needed to be cleaned in anticipation of the upcoming canning season. The shelves likely were dusty and filled with disorganized mixture of empty canning jars, pots, and pans.

4 thoughts on “Hundred-Year-Old “Old Dutch” Cleaner Ad

  1. I bought a music cd from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska a couple years ago entitled, “Canned Goods” by Ann Zimmerman. Priceless. Don’t know if you can get her cds on line, but I believe you would like to hear Canned Goods.

    1. I found The Plumber is the Man and a couple of other songs she did at the Grand Brown Theatre in Concordia KS on YouTube. They’re a lot of fun! Thanks for the recommendation.

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