The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.

It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the Autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, to tell us it was time to come in for dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

Grandma would also set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters now set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.




With us all spending so much more time at home at the moment I though a post on some of the old fashioned type of cleaning tips might come in handy. So here are

  1. To remove a scratch from a table, crack open a walnut and rub it along the scratch. Walnuts contain a natural resin which will conceal the scratch.

2. To get rid of ink stains from furniture soak a piece of cotton wool in water and cover the stain with it. That will then draw the mark out and into the cotton wool.

3. When defrosting a freezer, keep frozen food cold by wrapping it in several layers of newspaper.

4. Clean your microwave by placing half a lemon in water and setting it to boil.

5. To unblock a blocked sink tip a handful of bicarbonate of soda followed by a cup of vinegar straight down the plug. After a couple of hours, pour down a kettle of boiling water.

6. Spray nice smelling furniture polish behind the radiator to leave the room smelling clean and polished.

7. To clean your computer keys use a cotton bud and the same to clean the ball of a computer mouse.

8. Add a shot of vodka or lemonade to the water in your vases as this will keep your flowers fresh for longer.

9. To banish mildew from grout In a spray bottle, dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water. A spray of this now and again will prevent mildew from forming.

10. To remove limescale from your kettle.  In a spray bottle, dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water. A spray of this now and again will prevent mildew from forming.

Failing all these then buy the best book on the subject ‘Hinch Yourself Happy: All the Best Cleaning Tips to Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul by Mrs Hinch, (£6.49) Amazon