40+ Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Actually Still Useful Today

These Vintage Life Hacks Are Awesome

When faced with complex situations, the simple solution is often the most effective answer. This is true of many of the vintage life hacks from the 1900s. They are simple to implement and are useful in combating many home issues. These vintage life hacks are still useful to this day. Who knew the old solutions could help with our new problems. Enjoy the different types presented in this article.

The Butter Smell

Butter is commonly used for a number of reasons at home. And getting pure butter for cooking purposes is becoming a challenge in today’s world. Cheap butter is produced by mixing with margarine; this results in undesired situations when preparing the various meal.

The Butter Smell

One way to test if butter is pure is with this vintage life hack. Rub a small sample of the butter on a paper and set it on fire. A dainty and agreeable smell shows that the butter is pure. An unpleasant tallowy smell indicates the presence of margarine.

The Cracked Egg

One of the issues with a cracked egg comes when boiling it. The contents tend to boil out of the crack, leaving the whole situation unpleasant. But a simple life hack from the 1900s can help in this situation.

The Cracked Egg

Before boiling the cracked egg, a spoonful of vinegar should be added to the water. This will keep the contents from boiling out. It will also make sure the egg is properly cooked. Who knew the old ways could be so effective?

Protecting the Vase

One problem with valuable beauty vases is that they are easily broken when an accidental collision occurs. But like any other art object, it is best showcased when kept in the open and not hidden in the store. So, how does one display the beautiful vases and prevent the likelihood of breakage at the same time?

Protecting the Vase

A simple vintage beauty hack is the solution. Fill the vase with sand to a considerable level. This will make the vase heavier and more stable, meaning a collision is less likely to result in breakage.

Picking Up the Pieces

Accidents happen at home almost every day, and there are various ways to clean up. In the case of broken glasses, how can one clean up properly? Removing the big pieces is easy, but the smaller pieces often present a difficulty, leading to injuries to feet and palms.

Picking Up the Pieces

But with a simple life hack, the problem becomes nonexistent. Get a rag that can be easily thrown away and add some cold water. The damp rag should be used to clean the floor. It would pick up the small pieces, which can be disposed of with the rag.

Removing Ink Stains

Office workers and school kids often find themselves in a difficult situation with ink stains, which can be challenging to remove. When a piece of cloth is stained, how can one remove the stain and maintain the fabric’s quality?

Removing Ink Stains

A simple beauty hack helps solve this particular problem. Take the piece of cloth, especially the affected area, and soak in a bowl of milk. After a while, the ink is removed completely. The milk also gives the fabric a pleasant smell after washing.

Cleaning the Bottle

There are different methods of cleaning the kitchen utensils at home. Though some utensils are more challenging to clean than the others, one can still get that spotless goal that is much desired. Many vintage cleaning hacks can help, and knowing the right one for the right occasion is such a blessing.

Cleaning the Bottle

Cleaning the inside of a bottle is a straightforward example. After pouring water inside the bottle, add a little quantity of sand, and shake well. This will clean up the inside of the bottle. Simple and easy.

Detecting Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are part of the hazards faced at home, and most times, it takes a while before one can get a professional to inspect the gas pipes. But gas leaks should be treated as an emergency. So how does one detect gas leaks at home without risk of fire accidents?

Detecting Gas Leaks

Quite easy! Get a thick solution of soap and paint it over the pipe where the leak is suspected. The leakage point will cause the soap to foam. one can easily clean the soap solution and take the necessary steps to stop the leakage.

The New Squeaky Boots

New boots often make squeaky sounds when walking, and this can be annoying to some individuals. With time, the squeaking stops, but some people don’t have the patience to wait out the noise. If one plans to remove the squeaking, there are two methods available.

The New Squeaky Boots

One way is to drive several brads into the middle of the sole. Or insert the sole in a bowl containing oil and raise the back to insert the sole in oil completely. When it is thoroughly soaked in oil, the squeaking stops.

The Candle and the Candlestick

Setting up a romantic dinner with a loved one always comes with a lot of effort and planning. And sometimes, it’s the smallest details that ruin the fun. One of such is getting a candle that is too thick for the candlestick. What is next?

The Candle and the Candlestick

This brilliant vintage home hack profers a simple solution. Place the end of the candle in a bowl of hot water for some minutes. Wait till the wax softens. Now the candle can be pressed into the candlestick without breaking.

How to Preserve Eggs

Eggs are best enjoyed when fresh. When eggs are not appropriately preserved, they become useless and give off an unpleasant smell that can last for days. So how does one preserve eggs for a long time and maintain its freshness?

How to Preserve Eggs

A simple vintage life hack from the 1900s has proved to be effective. It is straightforward! Bury the eggs in a tin filled with salt and cover the head to block off air contact. The salt will preserve the egg longer than average.

Tanning the White Buckskin Shoe

There are numerous beauty hacks to revive the image of many old wears, and one of them comes in handy for buckskin shoes. After a while, white buckskin shoe often needs tanning to preserve its beauty and alluring qualities.

Tanning the White Buckskin Shoe

One way to achieve this is to get a simple mixture of saffron of about ten drops and three teaspoonfuls of salad oil. The mixture is used to clean the shoe. After that, give the shoe some good old polishing. That should bring back the beauty of the buckskin shoe.

Removing the Ring

After using a fancy ring for a while, one might start to feel uncomfortable. And removing the ring becomes a problem. Two vintage life hacks can help one to remove the ring without suffering injuries.

Removing the Ring

The first one is to apply a soapy mixture to the ring. A soapy ring is easier to remove without pain. Another step is to raise the finger for a bit; gravity helps reduce blood flow, making it easier to remove the blood flow. The two steps can be combined to make it easier.

Keeping the Brush Handle Clean

Painting can be fun and intuitive when it is done by oneself. It can also be stressful due to simple mistakes that come from being an amateur in the field. One of such is the problem with keeping the paintbrush clean when it is not in use.

Keeping the Brush Handle Clean

Just dropping it means the brush comes in contact with sand or, worse, stains other stuff at home. Simply cut a card and make a hole in the middle, then insert the brush. This will prevent the brush from stains, and one can continue to paint when necessary.

Preventing Color Ruins

Laundry is a major part of home cleaning, and it is fun when it is done in the right way. Washing white fabric is easier compared to colored clothes. When colored clothes are washed together, one color often stains the other.

Preventing Color Ruins

So when washing clothes of different colors, how does one prevent color stains? Before washing, the clothes are immersed in a saltwater solution. The mixture should be about two handfuls of salt in a liter of water. This hack is especially useful when washing dyed materials.

How to Revive Cut Flowers

Flowers can add a touch of class to either home or workplace And like many beautiful things of nature, flowers are delicate. Sometimes during transit from the farm, the bloom often fades in color. How can one revive cut flowers?

How to Revive Cut Flowers

The stem of the flowers should be plunged in hot water. Keep in hot water till the water cools down. By that time, the fade would have disappeared, leaving nothing but fresh flowers. The stem inserted in hot water should be cut off, and the rest is kept in cold water for normal preservation.

How to Remove Splinters

When picking up small glass particles, or wood shaving, if one is not careful, small splinters can be embedded in the skin. And removing splinters is as hard as painful. When not removed properly, one could further push it into the skin.

How to Remove Splinters

Some vintage life hacks are still brilliant today, one of which can help remove the fragments. Fill a wide-mouthed bottle with hot water almost to the brim, press the affected area tightly on the bottle. It creates a suction that pulls the skin, and heat draws the splinter.

Removing Sea Stains from Brown Shoes

The occasional trip to the beach for relaxation is not such a bad idea. But one of the problems with the seaside is stains on brown shoes from saltwater. The stains are hard to remove, and most times, a simple polish does not do the trick

Removing Sea Stains from Brown Shoes

One simple camping hacks can help combat the issue. Baking soda of small size should be dissolved in hot milk. The mixture is then used to clean the shoe. After drying the shoe, general polishing should be done. This is enough to restore the sparkling qualities of the shoes

Dry and Floury Potatoes

The different methods used when cooking allows for various options and recipes. This means that one preference can be achieved with the right approach. Some vintage life hacks could apply when boiling potatoes to make it dry and floury as opposed to the soft and mashy style.

Dry and Floury Potatoes

A pinch of salt and sugar should be added to the boiling water. After boiling, the water should be discarded. The saucepan should be placed on fire with the potatoes and should be shaken regularly for equal dryness.

Lighting a Match in a Wind

Camping and bonfires come to mind when talking about lighting a match in the open. And it can be difficult for folks on a windy night. Well, there is an easy way to overcome this particular obstacle. A bit of creativity is needed in this situation.

Lighting a Match in a Wind

How? Small, thin shavings should be cut on the matchsticks. The shavings are not cut out completely and they are towards the striking end. On lighting the match, the shavings light up, giving one a more significant fire with better chances against the wind.

How to Pack Flowers

Some flower types are rarer than others, and they might not be found in a particular area. Sending this type of flowers to these areas might take more than a week, and therefore, one needs to find a way to preserve the flowers throughout the journey.

How to Pack Flowers

Or perhaps one wants to send homemade flowers to a loved one. A beautiful way to preserve the bloom is to insert the end of the stalks in freshly cut raw potatoes. This method is very effective, keeping the flowers fresh for more than a week.

Prevent Eyeglasses from Fogging Up

On a cold Monday, on the way to work, one could find that their eyeglasses are fogging up or steaming up. Removing it and wiping it every time can be stressful, to say the least.

Prevent Eyeglasses from Fogging Up

There is a simple vintage life hack from the 1900s that can help to prevent this from happening. When cleaning the eyeglasses at home before leaving for work, use soap to wipe and clean the soap. The regular use of soap leaves an invisible layer of soap on the glass that prevents steaming.

Cleaning a White Straw Hat

Maintaining a white straw hat can be quite challenging. Here’s a vintage hack used hundreds of years ago that is still quite effective today.

Cleaning a White Straw Hat

Brush the hat properly and gently with a soft bristle brush to get rid of dust, cut a lemon in two, and then rub the hat with the inner part of the lemon. This will effectively clean the straw.

Recycling Coal Dust

Coal dust or ash can still be used as fuel. Yes! by recycling coal dust, one can not only save costs but also protect water and air. This is achieved by turning the coal dust into bricks.

Recycling Coal Dust

Mix about a shovel full of coal dust and a handful of salt with water, make sure to stir till it becomes a stiff paste. Mold into brick shapes using an old box or pan and leave to dry.

Cleaning a Clock

Hanging a clock up against a wall or setting it on a shelf for a long time can leave the time telling piece dusty and unpleasant to sight. Here’s a very easy way to go about it.

Cleaning a Clock

Soak a piece of cotton wool in coal oil and then place it below the works of the clock. Allow for the fumes of the oil to rise. This will loosen the particles of dust present in the clock, which will fall off, leaving the clock quite clean

Cleaning New Boots

Polishing new boots can be a daunting task.  But thanks to a vintage hack used for hundreds of years, there is an easier way to go about this is by simply using a lemon.

Cleaning New Boots

Simply cut the lemon in half, rub the boots with one half of the lemon, then allow them to dry. Once dried, the boots will be much easier to polish.

Mending a Broken China

Accidents can happen at home, and sometimes that beautiful and highly valued piece of china can get broken.  When this happens, use this brilliant vintage home hack that is still brilliant today.

Mending a Broken China

Heat an alum until it melts, then apply the melted substance to the open edge of the broken pieces, hold both pieces together in the right position long enough for them to stick back together. Make sure to keep them perfectly set and stable until the alum cools down.

Prevent Lamp Glass from Cracking

A lamp with cracked glass is almost as good as useless. So how can one prevent a lamp glass from cracking? This vintage home hack will help lower the possibilities of having a cracked lamp glass.

Prevent Lamp Glass from Cracking

Place the glass into cold water and then boil. After boiling, allow the water to cool down with the glass still in it. Simply polish the glass with a rag when ready for use. This will strengthen the lamp glass increasing its chance of surviving a long time

Make Cork Airtight

Corks are used to preserve the contents in a bottle, but they can lose this ability if they are not airtight and watertight.

Make Cork Airtight

To achieve this, place a couple of paraffin wax in a pot and boil. Once the paraffin wax begins to boil, simply dip the entire cork into the boiling paraffin wax. This will make the cork regain its airtight as well as its watertight abilities.

Duplicating Fretwork Patterns

Everyone would most probably agree that duplicating is easier than redesigning a beautiful fretwork pattern. This can be achieved by simply making use of this vintage home hack which involves the use of some sheets of paper.

Duplicating Fretwork Patterns

To duplicate the fretwork patterns, evenly ink the pattern using probably a printer’s ink. Then, place a sheet of paper on the inked fret, after which one is required to roll the sheet of paper over the inked pattern.

Clean the Oil Painting

Oil paintings have to be kept clean to maintain art and alluring beauty. But cleaning oil paintings presents its problems and most times it requires special cleaning aids. But how does one clean with a simple vintage cleaning hack?

Clean the Oil Painting

The painting should be first dusted, then cleaned with a thin slice of potato. As the potato slice gets dirty, new slices should be cut to continue the cleaning. The small pieces of potato left on the potato can be wiped off with a clean rag.

Trimming a Lamp Wick

A lamp wick with charred edges can be quite annoying. Most people will easily conclude that picking up a pair of scissors and chopping off the charred edge of the wick is the best solution, but this will only deplete the wick faster.

Trimming a Lamp Wick

Rather than cutting off the charred edge, simply pinch or rub off the charred edge. This should be enough to fix the problem. Only cut off when this doesn’t work.

Killing a Tree Stump

Taking out an unwanted tree isn’t as easy as many would like it to be. Even after cutting down a tress, if the tree stump is not removed from the ground, this will result in the tree sprouting once again. To prevent this from happening here’s what needs to be done.

Killing a Tree Stump

Boreholes in the top of the stump as well as its sides.  After that make a mixture of solignum and salt and then pour the mixture into the holes. This will soak into the stump, eventually killing the tree.

Thin Slices of Bread

Many vintage life hacks are still brilliant today. And one of them comes in handy when having breakfast. Getting a thin slice of bread has proved difficult, but with a simple hack, one can make it happen.

Thin Slices of Bread

The trick is to place the bread knife in hot water. When the steel is hot, one should remove the knife and clean the water. Hot knife cuts loaves of bread nicely, getting the desired thin slices.

Tightening a Fountain Pen Cap

Using a fountain pen comes with its perks. The pleasurable experience that comes with using one can easily become an agonizing one if the pen’s cap gets loose.

Tightening a Fountain Pen Cap

The annoying experience of the loose pen’s cap can be ameliorated by holding the pen’s cap over a flame for a few seconds which will soften the pen’s cap. After this, squeeze the pen’s cap into a smaller oval pipe, then replace the cap with to pen. The pen cap should fit in perfectly without falling off.

Making Corks Fit

Sometimes corks might not fit in properly in a bottle as they may be too big. Rather than damage the cork by cutting some part of it just to make it fit in, here’s a simple home hack to easily achieve this.

Making Corks Fit

Put the cork on a hard surface, applying pressure, steadily roll the cork under the sole of afoot. This will reduce the size of the cork without causing any unnecessary damage to the cork.

Saving Cooking Gas

Preparing a variety of dishes can sometimes be discouraging if one thinks about the amount of cooking gas that would be burnt. But here’s good news!

Saving Cooking Gas

Simply get an iron sheet large enough to sit properly on the gas stove. This will diffuse heat across the surface of the iron sheet, which means one can simultaneously prepare different dishes by placing those that require the most heat on the areas with the most heat intensity.

Curing Chilblains

Having chilblains comes with a painful experience, Here’s a simple remedy you can easily apply from the comfort of one’s home to help get rid of the irritation.

Curing Chilblains

All that is needed is for this remedy is salt and apple juice. Cut a slice of Apple, dip it into salt, then gently rub the slice of apple on the affected area.

Preserving Autumn Leaves

Autumn is accompanied by an array of beautiful colors. This is the reason why many look for ways to preserve the beautiful autumn leaves. So how can one successfully preserve these leaves?

Preserving Autumn Leaves

Dip leaves in melted spermaceti when it is warm, make sure the entire leaf is coated lightly, then place the leaves on a smooth surface for them to dry.

Preserving Paint Brushes

Not everyone wants to spend on a brush now and then. This hack will enhance the longevity of a brush.

Preserving Paint Brushes

After painting, make sure to clear off every ounce of paint from the brush, then squeeze the brush between a cloth. After which the brush should be kept in a container filled with water enough to cover the hairs of the brush.

Cleaning a Mackintosh

Here’s one vintage hack that will help with the cleaning of a stained mackintosh. All that is required is a knife and potato.

Cleaning a Mackintosh

Get a raw peeled potato, then use it to rub the stained part of the coat. This will take out the stains and marks from the mackintosh.

Keeping a Saucepan Lid Raised

Keeping a saucepan sealed white cooking can result in an ugly spillage. So how can this be avoided? Here’s a vintage home hack in use for hundreds of years which is still relevant even today.

Keeping a Saucepan Lid Raised

All that is required to keep a saucepan lid open can be made out of a simple peg for clothes. Fix the peg over the top edge of the saucepan like one would normally do with a clothing line. Then, drive a tack into the top part of the peg. The lid of the saucepan will rest on the tack driven into the peg, keeping the saucepan open.

Separate the Glass

When cleaning the dishes, one realizes that two glass cups are stuck inside each other. Trying to force a separation might lead to breakage or, worse, injuries.

Separate the Glass

But with this simple and easy vintage home hack, one would be able to separate the glass cups easily. Place both cups over a bowl of hot water and fill the upper cup with cold water. The two glass cups would separate easily after that.

Treat the Ankle Sprain

A jump too high or a fall off the bike from kids could lead to an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is so painful and continues to swell up with time if it is not cared for properly. So how does one do it? Wrap the ankle with a piece of cloth soaked in cold water.

Treat the Ankle Sprain

This will reduce the swelling. A piece of cloth should also be put in a jug of cold water placed above the wound and another end of the fabric placed on the wrap. This will keep the wrap cold continuously.

Cooling Wine Without Ice

Sipping a cold glass of wine can be soothing to the soul. But sometimes, circumstances make it difficult or almost impossible to get a bucket of ice. Do not worry, here’s a vintage hack that can.

Cooling Wine Without Ice

Simply wrap the bottle in a piece of soft woolen cloth, then place it under a running tap for about 10 minutes and a bottle of cool wine is ready to be served.

Stop a Runaway Horse

We’re adding this one as a little bonus. This is because a lot of people have moved onto cars since this car was made. But still, there are people out there who ride horses and this vintage hack might be handy for those of us who know how to handle such a huge creature.

Stop a Runaway Horse

We’ll let the text in the card do the talking, but the key to doing this safely is to obviously not run in front of the horse.