Getting Down and Dirty Before Oxiclean



This morning as I made eggs in a stainless steel skillet, I suddenly flashed back to when we used steel wool. I remembered that every kitchen had steel wool on the sink near the plain sponge but I can’t remember the last time I saw it. I bet if young people saw it they’d have no idea what it was, or that everyone used it to scour pots and pans and what a job that could be!


Then I remembered the Easy Off before it came in a spray and it had that useless little brush in the lid. And you cleaned everything else with Ajax/Comet or Pine Sol/Mr.Clean in water. Nothing foamed or scrubbed for you. It was all a lot of work!

Even the memory wore me out. I think everyone was thinner because everything was a lot of work.


Photo- The Ladies of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– Summer 2014

Looking for a different summer job? Consider the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum! We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic students to engage our visitors and make local history fun and interesting!
Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age and returning to school full time in September. Drop off a resume at the museum or by email:

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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