FiF – Fix it Friday: Cleaning and painting hints from the past

Household tips for cleaning and painting from the past:


  • If the inside of your linen closet is painted a deep blue, there will be no danger of your linens turning yellow. It will eliminate the annoyance of having to wrap those you do not use too often in blue paper.
  • If there is but a small amount of paint left in a can to be stored, pour paraffin over it before putting it away and it will not dry out but can be used to the last bit.
  • To paint flower pots easily, knot a rope and run it through the hole in the pot, leaving the knot inside, then suspend the pot upside down and paint. Allow the paint to dry in this manner.
  • Removing Paint from window paints – Remove paint splatters on window panes with hot vinegar
  • Sticking drawer and windows  – Rub sticking drawers and windows with candles, paraffin, or soap for easier opening
  • Cleaning fireplaces – Dirty brick or stone fireplaces can be cleaned with: 1 cup dishwasher detergent and 1 quart of water, chlorine bleach, soap pads – Rinse well and allow to air dry.

Thomas Bibb house W. N. Manning, Photographer, April 25, 1934. DETAIL (FIREPLACE) – DRAWING ROOM – Governor Thomas Bibb House, 303 Williams Street, Huntsville, Madison County, AL

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past  is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured.

With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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