1950’s Household and Cookery Tips


The 1950s family home was also very different from our own. Housework was much more difficult, as for example people did their washing by hand, instead of in a machine, and without fridge-freezers food had to be bought daily.The entire cleaning routine involved about three hours each day. Most cleaning was done with simple cleaning products such as baking soda, vinegar, ammonia, lemon, castile soap, and borax.Bathrooms were cleaned daily so it was a fast chore–no scrubbing required.

Cleaning the kitchen was also done daily, with a thorough cleaning of the refrigerator at least weekly, and a wipe down of all cupboards–inside and out–at least every few weeks.Tidying the living room, dusting all furnishings,controlling paper and other clutter and lastly, there would be a quick shake out the area rugs, sweeping and damp mopping the floors, and that would complete the morning cleaning rituals.

Household Tips


  • 17c56ffa7ac3ce6fb1baa5660d7c1633When papering or painting a room, make a notation of the amount of material needed to do the job, and place the notation under the main light switch in that room. It won’t get lost and it will save yourself a lot of extra work when the room is being painted again.
  • When cleaning windows use one teaspoon vinegar, one teaspoon ammonia and fill small spray bottles with water, use newspapers to wipe windows, makes them shine
  • Save those slivers of toilet soap that are usually thrown away, save them until you have a handful. Soak them in water until they are soft then squeeze them together forming a large bar shaped mass. Let harden and you have an extra bar of bath soap in colors too.
  • Tissue paper should  never be thrown away. Save it to polish windows and mirrors or for removing grease from late before washing.
  • To take white spots from varnished furniture, hold a hot plate over them and they will disappear.To help prevent your leather furniture from cracking, rub it all over with vaseline, rubbing it in well by hand. Let it remain until the next morning, then polish with a soft duster.
  • To remove lipstick stain from cottons and sweaters, use a cloth dabbed in rubbing alcohol. Apply gently to stain and it leaves no tell tale circle.
  • For books that got damp or are musty, sprinkle baking soda on the pages and allow time to air out. If there’s mildew on the paper you can rub the baking soda into the spots and lay out to bleach in the sun.
  • Flower vases can be easily purified and cleansed by rinsing them out with warm water and powdered charcoal.
  • When grass stains get on clothes, use molasses, rub in well and leave several minutes to soak before washing.



  • When fruit stains get on clothes pour boiling water on stain, hold cloth tight across bowl.
  • When storing shoes and boots away for the season, first cover them in old pairs of socks. They won’t be scuffed or dusty when it’s time to bring them out again.
  • Polish for Linoleum and Oilcloth: Save all your candle ends and melt in the oven; mix with sufficient turpentine to make a paste.
  • Cut open old socks then sew together to make car wash cloths.
  • Use nailpolish remover to remove price stickers from newly bought items
  • Remove stains in vases by filling with tea leaves and vinegar, shake or swoosh until stain disappears.


Cookery Tips

  • To cook a cracked egg, wrap the egg in waxed paper, twist the ends and drop in boiling water.
  • If just a few drops of lemon juice are needed for a recipe, don’t cut the lemon in half. Instead, stick a fork in one end and squeeze out the juice required. The lemon will not dry out and can be kept for future use.
  • You can quickly shave chocolate for puddings and frostings with your potato peeler.
  • Clean raisins in a screw-top jar. Put in raisins and water, screw lid tightly and shake. Drain out the water and the raisins are ready for use.
  • Keep celery much longer in the fridge by wrapping it “tightly” with tin foil. You will be amazed 2-3 weeks later how fresh it still is.
  • Wash fresh mint, parsley or other herbs. Without drying, place in a glass jar. Screw lid on tight and place in refrigerator. They will keep fresh and green for two weeks or longer, ready for use in cooking and garnishing.
  • f8ec11d51a4249ea2ebc17425b370862You can dry corn quickly and easily by mixing eight pints (freshly cut from the cob), three tablespoons sugar, four level teaspoons salt, and one-half cup cream. Boil for 20 minutes. Stir constantly. Spread corn in a shallow pan. Place in a slow oven. Stir often. When oven dry, place on waxed paper to dry further.
  • Make crystal cherries by rolling freshly pitted cherries (drained) in granulated sugar. Lay them separately in a shallow pan. Place under or near freezing unit in refrigerator for 2 or 3 hours.
  • If a portion of egg yolk slips in with the whites when you are separating them, moisten a bit of clean cloth in cold water. Lightly touch yolk. It will adhere.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking powder to every four eggs when making an omelet (beaten in thoroughly). The omelet will be considerably lighter, more attractive and tasty.
  • Put a frosty rim on your tall cold drinks for a look of absolute coolness. Dip edge of glass in lemon juice then in granulated sugar. Refrigerate.


Grandmother’s Lettuce (1953)

1 solid head lettuce
1 bunch spring onions
6 slices bacon, diced
1/2 cup vinegar

Wash, drain, and shred the lettuce. Sprinkle diced onions over lettuce. Fry the bacon golden brown. Drain off the accumulated fat. Mix this with the vinegar. Heat this combination. Pour over the lettuce. Sprinkle bacon on top. Serve at once. Makes 4 servings.

In short,our grandfathers lived more simply than most people today are willing to live.Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available.It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make superfood for your loved ones.Watch the video below:

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