Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday, April 19, 1936

Snow and hail this afternoon-
Made a chocolate pie for dinner-
See a woodchuck in the garden-
Cleaned dandruff* from Mothers head and washed her neck and ear this A.M-
Shampooed my own head and took a good bath this P.M.
Iliff called this evening-
Mother has been good today-

1920s Listerine bottle- glass^

*I wonder what Irene used. A quick internet search brought up this site of homemade dandruff treatments, one of which states it was used in the 1930-1940s. It is quoted below. Who knew Listerine was so versatile!(I am not offering medical advise. I am simply looking for clues as to what Irene might have used for historical context.)

"5. Utilize Listerine
Listerine was actually created in 1879 by a doctor in Missouri and used as a powerful surgical antiseptic for dentists. When the good doctor sold it to a pharmaceutical company, it uses broadened and it became the first over-the-counter mouth wash ever sold in the United States. In the 1930’s and ‘40s, one its original purposes was also to fight dandruff. It may seem random, but consider that Listerine fights fungus, and one of the most common cause of dandruff is an overabundance of…you guessed it, fungus...
Mix 2 parts water with 1 part Listerine. After you shampoo, spray or pour the solution onto your scalp, massage in well, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with water."

^This image, which was originally posted to, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 08:16, 10 November 2012 (UTC) by Dreamyshade (talk). On that date it was licensed under the license below. Uploaded from using Flickr upload bot -



  1. Sometime in the early '70,s my mother used Listerine on my head. :-) Fortunately it was only a few times. I remember it made my head tingle.

    1. I would imagine that Listerine would tingle. It is my preferred mouthwash, but sometimes it makes my eyes water.


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