- Apply benzine, and, after an hour or more, when the grease has become softened, rub it or remove with soap-suds.
To Clean Kettles easily, pour a little hot water in them and put a cover on; the steam will soften the dirt so that it may be easily removed.
- When cooking onions, set a tin-cup of vinegar on the stove and let it boil, and it is said you will smell no disagreeable odor.
The best oil for making boots and harness leather soft and pliable, is castor-oil. It is also excellent for greasing vehicles.
Tools exposed to the sun should be painted with light-colored paints, as they reflect instead of absorbing the heat.
- Powdered chalk added to glue strengthens it. Boil one pound glue with two quarts skimmed milk, and it will resist the action of water.
Apply to the soles four or five successive coats of gum-copal varnish; and, to the uppers, a mixture of four parts of lard to one of rosin. Apply while warm.
Reflect it in by a looking-glass. Any steel or metal lost in a cistern may be drawn out by lowering a strong magnet.
Soak wheat in strong alcohol, and scatter where they are in the habit of feeding, and take them while they are drunk.
Pounded Glass - mixed with dry corn-meal, and placed within the reach of rats, it is said, will banish them from the premises; or sprinkle cayenne pepper in their holes.
To Keep Seeds from the depredations of mice, mix some pieces of camphor with them. Camphor placed in trunks or drawers will prevent mice from doing them injury.
- Mix two gallons plaster of paris, one pint flour, one ounce each of pulverized pumice-stone and prepared chalk; add one half gallon boiled oil and one gill Japan drying.
If a candle is blown out by an upward instead of a downward current of air, the wick will not smoulder down. Hold the candle higher than the mouth in blowing it out.
Hard wood for timber or fire-wood should be cut in August, September or October. Hoop-poles should be cut before frost comes; cut at other times, there is danger of worms.
"Sticky" varnish maybe dried by applying a coat of benzine, and, after two or three days, apply a coat of good varnish, and let dry thoroughly before using the furniture.