After using steel wool
for cleaning aluminium saucepans,
I find it will last longer
and can be used again and again
without becoming rusty
if it is squeezed out thoroughly
in very soapy water,
then rubbed all over with soap
(keeping it as dry as possible)
before being left in a ball to dry.
I find also that soap alone
used with steel wool
gives a brighter shine
then if an abrasive is used.
When the east wind is very strong
the smoke is liable to come down
my sitting-room chimney.
To prevent this happening
I just open the window
about an inch in the bedroom
so that the smoke then goes up
the chimney instead of puffing
down into the room below.
Source: Mrs B.H. Mayer & Miss M. Barnett, from a page torn from a circa 1950s journal, a section titled ‘Weekday Pages For Women With Homes’