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Sprinkle Plenty

The other night I was trying to catch up on reading my favorite blogs.
I don’t know how I get so behind…I am really not that busy.
Anyway, I was reading Josie’s post at
Two Shoes in Texas;
Β she was writing about a keepsake of hers.
Her mother’s wooden spoon.

One of the keepsakes in my kitchen belonged to my gramma.


This is Sprinkle Plenty.

Back in the day everyone had a “sprinkle bottle”.
After the laundry was washed and dried,
whatever needed to be ironed, which was most everything,
would be sprinkled with water from the sprinkle bottle,
rolled up, let sit for a while, then ironed.

My mother used a regular old bottle with a sprinkler top.
When Gramma died Ma used Sprinkle Plenty.
Now that Ma is gone I have him.

When Sprinkle Plenty came to my house he retired.
We are both very happy about that.


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17 thoughts on “Sprinkle Plenty

  1. It also helped to put the clothes in the refrigerator or outside in the winter. At least that’s what I was told. By the time I was an independent adult, you didn’t iron much. In fact, if it looks like it will crinkle up after washing, I don’t buy it!

    1. We put some in the refrigerator if we weren’t going to get to it right away. If it sat too long it had to be washed again. Like you, I rarely buy anything I know will need to be ironed. But I do like washable linen clothes and they do need an iron to look good.

  2. I am still chided for ironing everything! I suppose it is an old habit passed on. As for sprinkling; we did use a spray and of course irons generate their own steam as well now. It is very sensible to keep Mr. Spinkle as an heirloom so there can be a story to be passed on; he is very handsome!

    1. I iron a few things but not much. It doesn’t bother me to do it but I am glad that everything doesn’t need an iron to look good.

  3. Wow, Patricia! This one really brought back some memories. My mom did the washing on Monday.. all day on Monday, and the ironing on Tuesday… all day on Tuesday and sometimes in to Wednesday if there was a lot! I think she ironed pretty much everything including bedsheets! She used a “pop” bottle (read that “soda” bottle or “coke” bottle depending on where you live πŸ™‚ and it had a sprinkler top. She had a large plastic zipper bag, about the size of a big trashbag today, and she did indeed sprinkle, roll, and then iron piece by piece. I never developed a talent or a love for ironing, though I like nicely ironed clothes. My iron and ironing board collect dust! πŸ™‚

    I am glad that Mr. Sprinkle Plenty entered into retirement when he arrived at your house. I’m sure you are thankful you were able to give him that rest! πŸ™‚

    Funny how the everyday items our mothers and grandmothers used take on more meaning and emotional attachments today, as we grow older and our lives have changed so much!

    Thank you so much for joining us for Two Shoes Tuesday this week!

    1. I have seen Sprinkle Plenty in.second hand stores and antique shops with pretty high price tags. But I think I will hang onto mine for a while yet.

  4. FUN share, Patricia. Mom used a Coke bottle with a sprinkler top for the ironing ~ until she got a steam iron.

    I don’t have a Sprinkle Plenty or an iron. πŸ˜‰

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