Whip your children everyday before dinner?

The Science of House-keeping

(transcribed from Union Springs’ Times, Alabama May 9, 1866)

The other day, several ladies warned a certain editor that his journal was not satisfactory to them on account of the absence of “useful hints, receipts,” etc.

Whereupon the recreant journalist endeavored to satisfy the complaining ladies, and among others, submitted the following hints:

  • Always mend clothes before washing.
  • Whip your children every day before dinner. “Twill give you a good appetite and put a healthy glow upon their complexion.
  • Vinegar is good to set colors of red, green, or yellow; therefore, if you have clothes of this color, and with to preserve their hue – pickle them.
  • Use paregoric sparingly – it costs a good deal and tastes well – consequently, children often have the green apple ache.
  • Count your clothespins, spoons, towels, forks, and handkerchiefs, &c., every month
  • Milk is good for crying babies – cow’s will do if no other can be obtained.


Would you like to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup? Discover this recipe as well as many household tips from the past in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past. Makes a great gift!

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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