William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) Wash Day Back Yard Reminiscence of Brooklyn 1886
Ladies Hair Treatment
A barber recommends ladies to have their hair shampooed once a month. This will bring out the natural luster, soften it, clear it of dust, and rob it of that musty smell which comes of having long hair wound up closely for any length of time. It will remove that itching of the head which some ladies find so troublesome.
The largest pores of the body are located in the bottom of the feet. For this reason the feet should be frequently and thoroughly washed and the stockings changed often. If great cleanliness is not observed, these great pores become absorbent and the poisons given off are taken back into the system.
For Head Cold
As soon as you feel that you have a cold in the head, put a teaspoon of sugar in a goblet, and on it put six drops of camphor; stir it, and fill the glass half full of water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then take a dessert spoonful every twenty minutes. This is a sure cure if taken as directed.
1900 Carlo Cressini (Italian 1864-1938) Laundry
1. Build a fire in the backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
2. Set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3. Shave one whole cake lye soap in boiling water.
4. Sort things. Make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile britches and rags.
5. Rub dirty spots on washboard, then boil. rub colored, but don't boil. Just rinse and starch.
6. Take white things out of kettle with broom handle. Then rinse and starch.
7. Spread tea towels on grass, hang old rags on fence.
8. Pour rinse water on flower beds.
9. Scrub porch with soapy water, scrub privee seat and floor with soapy water caught from porch scrub.
10. Turn tubs upside down.
11. Go put on a clean dress, smooth hair with side combs.
12. Brew up some tea. Sit and rest a spell and count your blessings.
Note: This last one is a copy of a letter from a pioneer woman to her daughter.
I hope this last one is helpful to you this weekend as you get those britches and rags washed up for next week!