Friday, October 24, 2014

I Can't Believe You Can Still Buy These...

My mother and I were discussing irons and ironing the other day (not a usual topic, since I rarely iron and have to hunt my ironing board down and dig it out from behind lots of stuff on the rare occasions when I use it). I remembered that when I was a child, my mom didn't have a steam iron, so she used an old glass soda (or pop or soft drink, if you prefer) bottle with a cork sprinkler insert in it to dampen the clothes. I assumed that those didn't even exist anymore, but apparently, they still do. Here's the newer plastic model of the one I remember.

Just fill any bottle with water, jam the cork in and sprinkle away. What could be easier? (My answer: buying clothing that doesn't need to be ironed, but then that's just me). 

Here's the whole vintage assembly available from an Etsy dealer:

Next, I'll find out that someone's still using these things! (The washer has a wringer to wring the clothes out, since there was nothing like a spin cycle. A stick was often used to feed the clothes in, so that fingers didn't get caught in the mechanism).

Have a wonderful day!

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