This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
Dissolve a little soda in warm water, and pour in a small amount of ammonia. Hold the brushes with the bristles downward, and avoid wetting the back as far as possible; shake until the grease is removed. Then rinse in cold water, and put in the air to dry.
Wash well with a mixture of soft water, 1 pint; sal-soda, 1 ounce; cream tartar, ╝ ounce.
Wet the part stained, and lay on it some salt of wormwood; then rub without diluting it with more water.
Put a teaspoonful of chloride of lime into a quart of water, strain it twice, then dip the mildewed places in this weak solution; lay in the sun. If the mildew has not disappeared when dry, repeat.
Put 10 drops of refined carbolic acid into an ounce of rose water; shake well, and apply as needed. If you hold your breath when a mosquito has its bill in you it cannot withdraw it until you breathe again.
When the color of a fabric has been destroyed by an acid, ammonia is applied to neutralize the same; after which an application of chloroform will, in almost all cases, restore the original color.
1 ounce of cochineal, 1 ounce of muriate of tin, and a little cream of tartar for each pound of goods, dissolved in enough water to cover them. Boil the goods in this dye 10 minutes. Hang up to dry.
Apply a red hot iron to the head for a short time, the screwdriver being applied immediately while the screw-is hot.
Add a little sulphate of copper.
A little quicklime placed in the infested places will drive away any kind of ants.
Burning sulphur in a tightly-closed room will kill almost all kinds of insect life and their eggs and larvŠ.
Saturate it with castor oil; to stop shoes squeaking, drive a peg into the middle of the sole.
Dissolve 5 cents' worth of sugar of lead in 3 to 4 quarts of pure water (rain-water is best), and, after the garments are washed and rinsed, let them be dipped in and wrung out; it sets the color and keeps it.
Rub it well with turpentine, and every trace of tar will be removed.
Dissolve a half-pound of saltpetre in a pailful of water, and dip the lawn in it several times before washing.
Rub with common salt.
Wash your hands in clear water, dry slightly, and while yet moist, strike a sulphur match and hold your hands around the flame. The stains will immediately disappear.
Rub with cotton waste, dipped in boiled linseed oil; then rub clean and dry with a soft flannel cloth.
A solution of bichloride of copper makes a brown spot on alloy, but produces no effect on a surface of gold.
Rub with a sponge moistened in turpentine.
Pour a little benzine into a basin and wash the gloves in it, rubbing and squeezing them until clean. If much soiled, they must be washed through clean benzine, and rinsed in a fresh supply. Hang up in the air to dry.