+ Practical Housekeeping Tips From 1883

Practical Housekeeping :: Tips from 1883

Historic family photo circa 1883Here are some rather charming housekeeping hints from a book called Practical Housekeeping, Buckeye Publishing Co., 1883 that I picked up at one of the super secondhand bookshops around here. These hints seem as good now in 2016 as they were in the year before our Deerfield bed and breakfast was built.

And read on down the best way to preserve a husband and children. Very dear!

Practical Housekeeping Hints

  • To prevent cupboard door hinges from creaking, rub with a feather dipped in oil.
  • A copper tea kettle may be kept looking bright and new by washing in sour milk followed by clear water.
  • To clean a coffee pot: put a mixture of wood ashes and water in pot bring to gradual boil and let stand till water cools. Then scrub in hot water and soap, then scald 2 or 3 times. When wood ashes are lacking substitute baking soda. Rub bad stains with sand or brick dust.
  • To toughen new glassware, place in cold water, bringing it gradually to a boil and boil for 4 hours. Allow to cool slowly in the water. Hot water will never subsequently crack it.
  • To remove old tea and coffee stains, wet spot with cold water; cover with glycerine and let stand.
  • Pieces of gum camphor placed near books on shelves will protect them from mice.
  • To brighten silk hose, when washing add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water.
  • To prevent rust on garden tools, wipe off with a rag soaked in coal oil.
  • To remove iron rust from delicate fabrics, cover the spot thickly with cream of tartar, then twist the cloth to keep cream of tartar over the spot. Place in a saucepan of cold water and heat the water to boiling point.
  • To clean pie tins and remove rust scour with raw potato dipped in cleanser.
  • Silverware, when set away, keeps best wrapped in blue tissue paper.
  • Brick tiles can be cleaned with a vegetable or small paint brush dipped in white vinegar then sponged off.

How to preserve a husband
Be careful in your selections. Do not choose one too young and take only such varieties as have been reared in a good moral atmosphere. When once decided upon and selected, let that part remain forever settled and give your entire thoughts to preparation for domestic care.

Some insist on keeping them in a pickle, while others are constantly getting them in hot water. Even poor varieties may be sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience, well-sweetened with smiles, and flavored with kisses to taste. Wrap well in a mantle of charity. Keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream. When thus prepared they will keep for years!

How to preserve children
Take 1 large grassy field, 1/2 dozen children, 2 or 3 small dogs, a rippling brook and some pebbles. Mix the children and dogs well together and put them in a field, stirring constantly. Pour the brook over the pebbles and sprinkle the field with a variety of flowers. Spread over all a deep blue sky and bake in the hot sun. When golden brown remove and set away to cool in a bath tub.

To Our Valued Friends & Guests…

Welcome back to The Deerfield Inn. We are so excited to share with you the charm and warmth of the Inn and all of Historic Deerfield’s natural beauty. We want to reassure you that our first responsibility and top priority is the safety and well-being of each of our guests, as well as our team. Please take a moment to review our new wellness measures which are in place for your visit to the Inn. Should you have any additional questions, please contact us directly.

General Property Information

• The Inn is an ideal location to practice physical/social distancing due to the property’s location in beautiful Historic Deerfield. The entire property has been deep cleaned and sanitized and multiple cleanings continue throughout each day. Hand-sanitizer is also available throughout the Inn.
• Guests and team members will observe recommended distancing protocols.
• Personal protection equipment (PPE) amenity kits featuring disinfecting gel, nitrile rubber gloves and masks will be provided upon request for guests.
• We will comply with, or exceed, local or state mandated occupancy limits.
• All team members will receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols with more comprehensive training for our teams with frequent guest contact.
• All team members will be wearing masks for their safety and the safety and comfort of guests. The health of our team members is carefully monitored on a daily basis.


• Industry leading cleaning, Ultraviolet Lights and sanitizing protocols are used to clean guest rooms, with particular attention paid to high-touch items.
• Two levels of housekeeping services will be offered to each guest:
o Housekeeping Limited Service: Our team will access your room once daily to provide service and restock linens and amenities.
o Housekeeping Drop Service: Your fresh linens and towels along with any other requested amenities will be packaged and placed at your door upon your request.
• The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces.
• The frequency of air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning has been increased and fresh air exchange will be maximized.


• New service options include Dinner on the Lawn, Porch, Terrace and In-Room Service.
• Curbside pick up will be available for To-Go orders.
• Seating capacity has been reduced in Champney’s Restaurant& Tavern based on CDC recommendations.
• At the completion of a dining service, the table, chairs and menus will be sanitized prior to the next seating.
• The spacing of tables has been adjusted to allow for six feet between tables

Wellbeing Plan is subject to change based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control, MA Department of Public Health, American Hotel Lodging Association and all other applicable government authorities.