Here are some Housekeeping Hints from Heloise (1962) to help you cope with your homemaking chores.
CUT DOWN ON SWEEPING. “It is not necessary to sweep under your beds every day. Who is going to look under your beds? Save your energy … never waste it.”
BRIGHTEN UP THE BATHROOM. “Now, about washing the tub. Use your broom to do this. Wet the tub and sprinkle cleanser in it. Let the water drip slowly and your old kitchen broom will do the rest.”
QUICK TRICK. Put one of two old socks over the end of a yard stick. Secure with rubber bands. Presto! A tool to clean cobwebs from ceilings. “This is not nearly as tiring as holding a heavy broom.”
QUICK TRICK. Use a mascara brush to clean “those delicate, intricate designs on silver pieces.”
SATURDAY’S A GOOD WASHDAY. “The children are home then and can help with it. Teach your children to help hang up the clothes.” Comment: For you youngsters, she’s talking about hanging clothes on a clothesline to dry in the sun.
MORE. “Never iron a dish towel.”
And with that, I shall take my leave and go vacuum, make U.S. Senate Bean Soup I, and get started on baking two loaves of Potato Bread.
I miss Stuppy, our robot vacuum.