5 Gems on How to Clean Your House and Manage It the Old Fashioned Way
How to clean your house
Through my long journey of learning about house cleaning and home management, I've found some interesting and useful gems from the past. In particular a textbook published in 1914. It's called ""Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne and Anna M. Cooley. Chapter 22 provides direct value with the focus on house cleaning.
In this article I'm going to share with you five tips that were useful or just interesting to me...
- "...there should be some definite plan for
the days of the week and the hours of the day, and some division of work
among the members of the family or between the family and paid helpers"
which is a cloth or fiber fabric on a handle, is something that we ought
to banish when we can, for it is hard to keep clean, and is a trap for
bacteria." (They were even against mops in 1914.)
"The fabrics and upholstery used in furnishing catch
dust which contains lint, grit, organic material from our bodies, and
bacteria. Fabrics also become spotted. The walls and
ceilings, floors and cracks, catch dust. All wood and glass surfaces
become soiled from the touch of even clean fingers, and the moisture of
the air mixed with dust dulls them. Metal surfaces oxidize, and this
oxidized layer must be rubbed off."
"The old-fashioned yearly house cleaning seems hardly necessary if cleaning
is well done through the year, but in both fall and spring some extra
freshening may be necessary in the way of thorough cleansing of textiles
and furniture. All closets should have everything removed from them and
the whole closet cleansed. Drawers should come out, be emptied, washed and
aired, and fresh white or brown paper put in all."
"Too often in planning the budget, and the daily work, the
housekeeper forgets to allow for the constant wear and tear on the house
itself, and its furnishings; but to preserve the beauty and usefulness of
both the house and furniture, as much thought and time are necessary as
for the repair of clothing. In addition to the care and cleaning, there
must be a constant attention to small repairs."
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