Melt together three pounds resin and a quart of tar, and stir in as much saw-dust and pulverized charcoal as possible, spread the mass on a board to cool, and break into lumps the size of a walnut. Light one with a match, and it burns for some time with a strong blaze.
"Indexical Soap" is the best thing for the purpose in use, not for every day, but when thorough cleaning is required. It is well, also, to keep it in a convenient dish, and rub on with a bit of flannel whenever a spot appears on the silver.
When much discolored, scour with soap and ashes, then put in a half pint vinegar and a handful of salt, put on stove, let come to a boil, take cloth, wash thoroughly, and rinse out with water. If using every day, the salt and vinegar and rinsing are sufficient.
Hard water is rendered very soft and pure, rivaling distilled water, by merely boiling a two-ounce vial, say, in a kettle of water. The carbonate of lime and many impurities will be found adhering to the bottle. The water boils very much quicker at the same time.
Cover the steel with sweet-oil, rubbing it on well. Let it remain for forty-eight hours, and then, using finely powdered unslaked lime, rub the steel until all the rust has disappeared.
Place a cloth in the bottom of a large pan, fill the pan with cold water, and place new chimney in it; cover the pan, and let its contents boil one hour: take from fire, and let chimney remain in the water until it is cold.
Set handle on end, and partly fill cavity with powdered resin, chopped hair or tow, chalk, whiting, or quicklime; heat the spike of the knife and force it into its place. Equal parts of sulphur, resin, and brick-dust also make an excellent cement.
Water boiled in galvanized iron becomes poisonous, and cold water passed through zinc-lined iron pipes should never be used for cooking or drinking. Hot water for cooking should never be taken from hot-water pipes; take from cold-water pipes, and keep a supply heated for use in kettles.
Pink mosquito netting is handsomer, but does not keep off dust when the table is set for next meal immediately after the dishes are washed - the most convenient plan where the dining-room is not used for other purposes.
- Flour of emery, which is cheap and is kept at all drug-stores, is excellent for polishing every thing except silver. Common water-lime, such as is used in plastering cisterns, is an excellent material for polishing knives, forks, and tin-ware. First rub tins with a damp cloth, then take dry flour and rub it on with the hands, and afterward take an old newspaper and rub the tin until bright. Keep in an old pepper-box, and apply with a damp cloth.
- Fill a jug with cider, and turn into each gallon of cider a pint of molasses and a cupful of lively yeast. Have the jug full of the liquid, let it stand uncorked back of the cook-stove where it will keep warm. It will commence fermenting in twenty-four hours, and will not take over a week to make splendid sharp vinegar. It must be drawn off into another jug, leaving the dregs, and kept in a tight-corked jug or bottles, where it will not freeze.