The Life Before ‘P&G’ Challenge

Procter & Gamble have been making life easier for Mum’s since the 1930’s and you would probably be very surprised to see just how many of the brands they look after that you recognise from house and home products such as Fairy, Ariel, Bold and Duracell to personal and beauty care products like Pantene, Olay, Tampax and Braun.  Olay has been a regular in my shopping basket for as long as I can remember, I still remember the advert where the girl took home a leaf for her Mum which crumpled and turned to dust.  So the next time she brought a leaf home, the Mum rubbed Olay (then Ulay) into it and she could squeeze it in her hand and it sprang back up after.  I love Olay’s beauty fluid, it’s so light and non-greasy (my own true opinion).

As P&G are celebrating their 80th birthday in the UK this year, they decided to mark the occasion by challenging Mums to go back in time and experience a day in the life of a typical 1930’s Mum.  Throughout the day I was not to use any modern day appliances or products, just the items that were sent to me – baking soda, vinegar, carbolic soap, household soap, wash board etc.

In all I found the day very tiring, particularly doing the laundry.  Our household gets through mountains of washing every week, I have a sicky baby who doesn’t mind who he spits up onto and a toddler who doesn’t always manage to get her food from her plate to her mouth in one swift movement.  Not to mention a 9 year old boy who could find the smallest speck of dirt in a sterile container.  I only attempted the white wash and my back was aching after less than half of the wash.  I much prefer the modern day method of picking up the washing and placing it is a washing machine, it leaves me spare time to get on and iron the previous days wash!  I now know that I couldn’t live without my washing machine, or dishwasher for that matter.  I like being a modern mum!

Personally I was quite happy cleaning the floor on my hands and knees as I do this anyway and I have always cleaned my windows with vinegar solution and newspaper (until I moved onto a building site – cleaning windows is a thankless task here).

The start of the day started very differently for me since my day usually starts with heading straight for a shower, getting dressed and then sorting the children out.  As a 1930’s Mum I needed to take more time on my appearance, having a bath (urgh), doing make-up and attempting to look more glamorous.  Check out my video to see how I got on – far too time consuming for me and I didn’t feel like I should be doing the housework, more like heading out for a day’s shopping or afternoon tea.

So, what did I learn from my day?  I’ve learned that I need to make sure we keep paying the electricity bill because I don’t want to be without my washing machine or dishwasher, I don’t need make-up to be a housewife (though it did make me feel better about myself) and the one thing I already knew?  Children don’t need TV or battery powered games, the most fun to be had can be with a simple treasure basket of odd bits and pieces, or ‘treasures’ as Little Bean prefers to call them.

5 Comments

    • mummymatters
      March 30, 2011 / 10:24 pm

      Ah thank you, it was a fun challenge and I LOVE your video xx

  1. March 30, 2011 / 10:49 pm

    Love it! The housewife traveling back in time with the tune is a great intro and you are such a glamorous housewife
    I agree with Jax that it’s been such fun seeing these challenge posts and videos pop up. Did you feel you appreciated your home more? I feel inspired to spring-clean 1930s style…

    • mummymatters
      March 31, 2011 / 10:03 am

      Thank you, I knew in my head how I wanted the intro to go and it took me ages to find that tune because I couldn’t remember which track it was on but it was worth it!!

      Its been a fun challenge – still got back ache though!! I definitely appreciated my appliances more 😉

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