The Modern Housewife and her Many Maidservants

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Jennifer of Elefantz recently wrote a great blog post in which she pointed out the many handmaidens around us that we overlook. She’s so right! We do have servants everywhere in our homes, helping to make our lives easier. We’re so used to them …

Spring Cleaning Drudgery? Not this Year! 1926

Drudgery! It is an old-fashioned word that we rarely hear today, but a century ago, it was used a great deal to describe housework in general, and often Spring Cleaning. In 1926, a woman from Iowa wrote, “True, we have vacuums, dust mops, electric washing machines, and washable floor coverings…but there always will remain, to …

Soapmaking–a useful skill in a dirty world, plus an easy recipe

Lately I keep running into people who want to learn how to make their own soap.  Soapmaking can be an art form, most definitely, but it should also be a basic skill.  After all, up until the last hundred years or so, nearly all housewives knew how to make the soap for their families’ needs.  Even though …