In my family, we’ve been using these household tips for generations. These tips have been passed down from my great-grandmother. They’re tried and true old-fashioned tips that still work in our modern day. I hope they help make your life a little bit easier. I’m excited to share them with you!
When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life.
I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them. Whether or not I remember it all is another story!
Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. They recorded her recipes, gardening advice, and kitchen and household tips as well.
These are a few of those household tips that I use in my own home.
Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother
- Use an old toothbrush to clean the crevices of the handles of your knives, your can opener, and your hand grater.
- I use one to clean the tight places of my drain rack.
- Boil away stuck-on food from your pots by adding a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to a pot half full of water and boil until the burnt on food loosens and floats.
- Rub a little oil on your hand grater before use to keep food from sticking to it.
- Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and rub it on the stove to remove stubborn stuck on food or stains.
- You may have to let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- I use this to clean my sinks and tub too.
- Rub a small amount of beeswax onto your dusting cloth to polish and dust at the same time. I do use beeswax to make my own dusting polish and if I am out of the polish, I just use the beeswax.
- Popcorn will stay fresh and you will eliminate “old maids” (kernels that don’t pop) if kept in the freezer. We don’t eat a great deal of popcorn so this works well for us.
- For a fluffier omelet, add a pinch of cornstarch to your eggs before beating them.
- To quickly soften butter, place a heated pot over the butter dish for just a few minutes.
- Always heat the pan before adding butter or oil to prevent fires or burning.
- If your brown sugar gets hard, place a piece of bread in the canister with it to absorb moisture and soften it up. (I make my own brown sugar now, but I did use this one in the past.)
I hope you enjoy using these household tips or at least reading them. Do you have helpful hints from your grandmother, great-grandmother, or mother to share?
You can read more of my great-grandmother’s tips from her kitchen on TFL.