We call them Grandma's Tips.
These are old vintage tips that might be just what you need to solve your problem.

Are you struggling with a problem that just won't go away? Perhaps you need one of our vintage tips. These are tips that have been handed down from generation to generation.

At Everyday-Wisdom.com, we call this category "Grandma's tips." No, these tips do not come from our grandmothers. The name is merely metaphorical. But through the years, many old timers have come up with some solutions you may never have thought of.

Categories of Vintage Tips so far include:

Furniture, candles, cleaning copper, health, removing ink stains, uses of baking soda, uses of vinegar, miscellaneous.

Let's get started.

Vintage Tips for Furniture:

"For a high polish on furniture go over the entire surface with a cloth dampened with equal parts of raw linseed oil and turpentine. Wipe excess oil with and polish with a dry woolen cloth."

"Varnished surfaces can usually be cleaned nicely with a cloth dipped in cool weak tea."

"To make scratches in mahogany invisible dye them with Iodine."

"Nuts to scratches. That’s right - rub the scratched surface with the cut surface of either a walnut or a brazil nut. It will cover those scratches."

"Erase white spots on mahogany by spreading a thick coat of Vaseline over the spots. Let it stand for 48 hours before wiping clean."

"Wicker furniture should be cleaned by scrubbing with a stiff brush dipped in warm salt water/salt will help keep your wicker from turning yellow."

Miscellaneous Vintage Tips:

Butter Dish Tip: To keep butter from sliding around on the butter dish, heat the dish with real hot tap water. Dry the dish off. Then put the butter stick on the dish and place it back in refrigerator. It will melt slightly. When the butter gets cold it will be stuck on the dish which will prevent it from sliding.

There are a lot more Miscellaneous Vintage Tips. To read more, click here.

Vintage Tips for the many uses of baking soda:

Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots to remove the film that builds up on the inside. It will make your coffee taste better. (Never use on aluminum coffee pots.)

There are a lot more uses for baking soda. Read more.

Vintage Tips for the many uses of vinegar:

No Streak window cleaner:
Wash windows with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows shine and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

There are a lot more uses for vinegar. Read more.

Vintage Tips for Candles:

"Soak candles in cool salt water it will prevent them from dripping."

"To clean candles use a cloth dampened in alcohol it will take the dirt from the surface make them look like new."

Vintage Tip for Cleaning Copper:

"An easy way to clean copper is to dip half of lemon in salt rub the copper object rinse in hot water dry with a soft cloth."

"Mix two teaspoon salt, two tablespoon flour and enough vinegar to make a thick paste. Rub paste on surface and let dry completely. Rinse in warm soapy water, buff with clean soft cloth

"Place your copper jewelry in a glass, or plastic container, not metal. use a drinking glass. Pour enough vinegar over it to completely cover it. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. Dry with soft cloth. Easy job well done!

"Mix lemon juice,Baking soda or cream of tartar Make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste. Rub onto brass or copper with a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry.

"Make your own cleaner for Copper or Brass: Make a paste of vinegar (or lemon juice), salt and corn meal. The corn meal helps make it easier to spread on an item and the vinegar /lemon juice and salt do the work.

Vintage Tip for Cleaning Your Bathroom:

Is your shower head clogged? No problem. The simplest way to unclog it is to soak it in vinegar and water for 20 minutes. Equal parts of the two ingredients should do it.

Vintage Tips For Your Health:

"Balm for broken blisters...

To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine. Its a very powerful antiseptic."

"Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...

Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process."

"Quaker oats for fast pain relief...

It's not just for breakfast anymore. Mix two cups of Quaker oatmeal and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for one minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain."

"Clogged pores and blackheads...

Wash face with a mixture of warm water and ground corn meal make a paste and scrub face. Then apply a dab of raw honey into your hands massage onto face let stand for 20 minutes then wash off with warm washcloth."

"To help stop bleeding...

A weak solution of cider vinegar applied to cuts and wounds and should stop bleeding."

"Bunions and corns...

Apply a plaster consisting of 10 drops of Iodine with 1/2 teaspoon lard, Apply a bandage over the bunion or corn twice a day."

"Old timers cure for cancer...

Take some red clover blossoms and make a tea out of them. Old timers claimed it would cure stomach and surface cancer. Drink the tea three times a day."

"To help cure a cold...

Take five drops of cinnamon oil in a tablespoon full of water, take four times a day."

"To help cure a cold...

To help cure the common cold eat chicken soup three times a day and eat at least eight ounces each time."

Vintage Tips for Removing Ink Stains:

"Ink stain's on fabrics. Use a cotton ball, q-tip or paper towel dampen with rubbing alcohol softly blot away stains."

"Ink stain's in clothes - soak fabric in milk overnight then wash as you normally do."

"Ball point ink can be cleaned using an alcohol based hairspray. Spray area blot with clean rag or paper towel."

"Ink stains on walls can be cleaned by using toothpaste. Apply a thin coat let stand for 45 minutes then gently wipe clean."

"Ink stain's on leather may be removed with a non-oily hairspray or Armor-all. Test in a inconspicuous spot to make sure dye in leather will not be effected."

"If the ink stain is from a printer cartridge you have limited choices use bleach in cold water or sudsy ammonia in cold water never use hot water it will make the stain permanent."

"Toothpaste can be used for more than bushing teeth. Apply a thin coat on the stain to both sides of the fabric let dry and then wash clean."

"Ink in the dryer... Spray the stains with WD-40 let stand then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Second choice use fingernail polish remover (acetone) wipe on with a cloth you will need to keep the rag moist as you clean. Acetone evaporates rapidly. Acetone can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Home Depot or at hardware stores in gallon containers, much cheaper than using small bottles of nail polish remover. Always use gloves when using Acetone. If you have a gas dryer allow fumes to dissipate before running dryer, acetone is highly flammable."

"Ink in the dryer... after trying cleaners that may or may not touch the stains your next choice may be to bake the stains on. Turn your dryer on high run empty for the longest time setting available. When the cycle is complete let dryer cool down, take a damp cloth or paper towel wipe to see if it picks up any color from the ink stain. If the rag stays clean chances are so will your clothes."

Vintage tips involving the weather:

Old timers would watch mother nature for signs of upcoming weather. When there is an abundance of acorns that meant prepare for a hard cold winter. However every seven years there is always an abundance of acorns and will have nothing to do with the upcoming winter.

Back in the day when very few people had a thermometer they would count the number of chirps that a cricket would make in 15 seconds. Add 37 to the number of chirps. 30 chirps in 15 seconds plus 37 would be 67 degrees where the cricket was hiding.


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