Friday, November 17, 2017

Nostalgic Homemaking


My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. 
~Erma Bombeck

Oh I do love all things Erma! She never fails to make me laugh. There is a lot of wisdom mixed in with that wit.




As I was cleaning house, I started thinking about how much things have changed and how some things have stayed the same.

Case in point: cleaning the sink.  I scrub my sink with Comet and only Comet.  My mother used Comet and I use Comet.  I have in the past tried store brands and even Ajax and always return to Comet.  Does it clean better than the others?  I don't know.  I just know that using Comet just feels right.

Case in point: washing the clothes.  I do not miss the days when our only laundry options were powder detergents.  I remember using powder and it seems that it didn't always wash out.  You were left with grainy clothes.  I love my liquid laundry detergent. My go to brand is Tide Free (Unscented/No Dyes).  I wait until it goes on sale and then buy it in bulk.  I remember reading that you don't have to add as much detergent that is prescribed on the bottle.  I use about half as much and my clothes clean up just fine.

Case in point: sweeping the floor.  Remember the days of sweeping with just a straw broom?  That's how I swept for many many years.  My good friend from San Diego was visiting and introduced me to the Swiffer Sweeper.  I saw the light!  Sweeping became much easier (and more enjoyable)!  No more dust pan needed. I do occasionally sweep the old fashioned way when I'm feeling nostalgic.

Case in point: vacuuming.  The first vacuum cleaner I used was one of those octopus canister vacuums.  It was heavy to pull around and the hose was cumbersome.  The electrical cord pulled out and then recoiled in with a tug.  If you weren't careful, the cord would whip you on its way back in.  And then there was the upright vacuum cleaner... a slight step up as far as appliances go but I'm not a big fan.  When the Roomba first came out, my husband wanted to get one for me.  I fought it tooth and nail.  We don't need it.  It's expensive.  etc..  And then there was a sale so we bought one.  And... I love it.  In the new house, a few bedrooms have carpeting and this is where the Roomba comes in.  We are hoping to replace the carpeting one day with hardwood floors but until then, the Roomba does what it does best.

Do you use the same cleaning products and/or clean your house the same way your mother did?

6 comments:

  1. I must admit I have been tempted by Roomba!!

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    1. Arlene, they work great on hardwood floors too! I think you'd love it!

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  2. Pinesol was a big thing in our home. I have kept that tradition as of now. I have tried many things, made my own, and etc. But my oldest son made a comment one day about how he loves when he goes away for a couple days and when he comes back it smells like pinesol (fresh and clean). He said my wife has to use pinesol. Haha!

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    1. Chrissy, my mom used Pinesol too and it smells wonderful! She always used it when she washed her floors. I can't use it on hardwood floors so I don't buy it but I have fond memories.

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  3. I do most things differently than my mother did but I think it is because like you say times have so changed since then, and there are different things on the market. I too love the swiffer, I also love the dusting wand too! Magic Erasers are another cool cleaning goodie they didn't have a few years back that I do love!

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    1. Connie, I love the Swiffer Duster cloths/wand. Makes dusting less of a grind. I should buy a magic eraser. One of these days!

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter