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!



Mary Preston said...

My mother always used a brandy bottle with a special top to sprinkle the ironing with water. Chances are she still has it. It was blue.

At one place we lived we would find green tree frogs sitting on the wringer. My mother would have to go hunting for someone to remove it/them before she could do the wash. I don't know why they liked the wringer.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, the blue bottle sounds lovely (I love it when functional items are also pretty). And the tree frogs? Proof that nature is both strange and amazing?