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How to look neat while doing housework -1928

November 16, 2015

Here’s my Trove Tuesday post. It has nothing at all to do with my family history. But it did give me a bit of a laugh to think how times have changed. And thankfully so. I would hate to have to put so much thought to what I would wear to do my housework.

from:  Truth Sunday 4 November 1928, page 11



How to Look Neat while Doing Housework

There are so many aids to better and easier   house-keeping, thanks to the energetic manufacturers of carpet sweepers and their ilk, that cleaning at its worst is not a very arduous affair, not a very dirty one. But ever with all these aids, a good amount of energy is required, and to give the full benefit of these the, clothes you wear must be made comfortable and loose. Last summer’s, but not last winter’s, frocks are a solution of the problem. The much laundered silks of last season, provided they be big enough in the arm-holes, and plainly cut, are   simply ideal for working round the house,   accompanied by a sweater for the very cold winter mornings. But winter clothes salvaged from last year will not be suitable, as they collect dirt and grease, and become unpleasant to work in after a few week’s association with the sink and stove. Light frocks can be bundled in with the rest of the wash.

It is necessary to have the clothes used for working loose about the arms and waist, so that no constriction is put upon movements of the body. Scrubbing is an unfortunate part of housework, but it become a much less painful matter when there is adequate freedom for the arms.


And just so we can have two for the price of one, I can’t resist sharing this gem with you. This one is in regard to a good housewife’s aprons.

bright colours

A large choice of cheap materials is the lot of the clever woman, who can cut herself becoming frocks, aprons and caps from a small amount of cloth and make them up with a minimum amount of trouble and time.  The vogue for bright colours travels into the country, where the housewife rules, and thus checked cotton crepes, winseys, crettonnes and prints make their appearance. Satin is another intruder, with a tendency to combine with chintz and turn up as aprons and overalls.

Rubber is another feature of the housewife’s mode, which has been very much emphasised in the past year or two. Rubber aprons, plain or patterned, and cut in all imaginable shapes are now a large part of the stock of any good soft goods store.

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