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Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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International Women’s Day

Women can do it

International Women’s Day is a celebration of…

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Anti-sexism
  • Anti- discrimination
  • Rights of females
  • Power of females
  • Friendships

The first Women’s Day was celebrated in New York on 28/02/1909, bit Ut was the International Women’s Conference in 1910, decided it should be celebrated on March 8th.

International Women’s Day

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, it became a national holiday. The day was celebrated by the Socialist movement and Communist countries. It was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

International Women’s Day is about many issues:

  • Gender Equality
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Stopping Violence against Women
  • Equal Pay
  • Equal access to education
  • Empowering Women
  • Transforming Women’s Lives

Fighting for Women’s natural human rights should be the intention of every woman. All females should be united.

vintage image of the future of women

All women are equal!

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A Retro Girl Living in a Modern World

Women in the 50s had many roles. They may work outside of the home and inside the home. They were housewives, mothers, beauticians, hostess, handy man, a decorator, a vet, undergo doctor or dental duties, psychiatry help, financial help & decisions, cleaning, washing and ironing, cooking, taxi driver, support for her parents and numerous other duties. And that is just for her family.  The happiness and welfare of the whole family rests mainly on her shoulders!

But today those jobs do remain the same. We are underpaid still and have the same numerous duties, however our partners may help a lot more. But with study, work, exercise and family, our lives are still so busy and our duties are never ending. 


The idea behind my blog is to help you with retro and craft ideas & tips. How to still love the 50s, 60s and 70s while living in this modern busy world. 

I love retro clothes, music, hair, furniture and all things retro! My husband has always told me that I was born in the wrong era but I believe my modern way of thinking would have been frowned upon in the 50s. I would have been classed as a ‘rebel’. I love my family, my career, studying and the options that are available in my life.
Let’s hope that all my future tips and ideas can spark ideas to help you celebrate your retro lifestyle too!! 

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