Grandma, in the Block’s basement laundry area, bathing “Pal.” Pets had to keep clean, too!
Keeping Clean the Hard Way Grandma’s Home Medical Practice some excerpts;
Bee-stings brought out the soda-box, and a paste was made of the moistened soda and applied to the sting. Grandpa had a sure cure for the sting; he chewed up a wad of chewing tobacco and stuck it on the sore spot!
...Onions were also the first aid of choice when bee-stings occurred. The onion was peeled and a small amount grated, applied to the sting, and covered with a bandage. Scrapes and sores were often treated by rubbing Zinc Oxide Ointment on them. If the skin was broken, Iodine or Mercurochrome were painted on.