An ordinary Mason jar cover makes an excellent pot scraper.

A clove added to each apple when baking gives a pleasant change, also to prunes when stewing. One or two stuck into the roast beef gives a fine flavor for change, too.

Use a large cork for scouring knives with scouring brick.

Baking soda rubbed on a damp cloth will remove dirt from eggs, cooking utensils, porcelain bath tubs, washstands and spots from china.

To remove iron rust, wet the spot, then cover with tartaric acid and salt, place in sun and it will do the work.

Cool cakes and biscuits on butcher's brown paper; it keeps them from sweating.

Use lemon or orange peel grated for flavoring cakes and custards; do rot grate the white part as it will taste bitter.

Stewed canned corn or tomatoes are made better by adding a pinch of baking soda; it sweetens them.

To keep the sewers free from grease: When clearing off the table after meals take a rag and wipe the grease off the dishes; it makes them easier to wash; burn the rag or place in garbage can.

Corrosive sublimate will rid the house of ants; use one tea-spoonful of crystals to one pint of water, paint with old toothbrush wherever they enter. Label poison.

A little flour spread over the top of cakes before they are iced will prevent the icing from running off.

To revive the lustre of morocco, or any other leather, apply the white of an egg with a sponge.

Sausages should be served with apple sauce or baked tomatoes. Either makes them more easily digested.

Use a little ammonia in the dish water when washing glassware. It will make it sparkle like cut glass.


growing toe-nails should be scraped thin in the center of the nail and then cut there and at the corners.

When cleaning knives, mix a tiny bit of carbonate of soda with the bathbrick, and they will polish more easily.

Cereals are seldom over cooked but rather under cooked. Thus always allow plenty of time in preparing cereals.

Wring chamois out of the soapy water without rinsing. When it dries it is soft and serviceable, instead of stiff.

Shabby oak should be brushed over with warm beer, and when thoroughly dry polished with beeswax and turpentine.

An excellent furniture polish is made by mixing together equal parts of boiled linseed oil, vinegar and methylated spirits.

Enamelled ware that has become burned or discolored may be cleaned by rubbing with a paste formed by coarse salt and vinegar.

If when making coffee a little salt is added before pouring on the boiling water, it will be found to greatly improve the flavor.

Half a lemon dipped in salt will do all the work of oxalic acid in cleaning copper boilers, brass teakettles, and other such utensils.

If you wish to have the clothes look more glossy, use soapy water in making starch. This also renders the iron less likely to stick.

Celery should be allowed to lie in water to which a little salt has been added for at least an hour before serving. This makes it crisp.

In making fruit pie be sure to have a small opening in the center of the crust, and keep it clear with an earthenware or paper funnel.

In cases of inflammation of stomach and bowels try cloths wrung out of hot water in which a tablespoon of turpentine has been put.

The disagreeable odor caused when cooking greens may be prevented by throwing a small piece of bread into the water while boiling. - Mrs. H. E.

Gasoline is a most efficient labor saver in many household tasks. Used on a flannel or brush and then dipped in electro-silicon it makes silver polishing a joy. A few drops added to the stove blacking creates a magical polish. To keep the bath tubs, bowls and sinks in perfect condition, rub with flannel dipped in gasoline, then wash out with hot suds.

To Remove Stains

For stains from milk, meat juice or sweet oil, use cold water and soap. For stains of pitch, tar, wheel grease or machine oil rub with lard, let stand half an hour, then wash in cold water, using plenty of soap. For fruit, tea, coffee, cocoa, pour boiling water through the stain until it disappears.

Scorch Stains

Wet with soap suds and place in the sun.

Iron Rust

Wet with lemon juice and salt and spread in sun.


Rub well with gasoline and turpentine.

Ink Stains

Soon as possible wash stain in several cold waters, then with soap and water; soak in sour milk for 2 or 3 days. If stain still remains, wet with a solution of oxalic acid and place in sun. - Mrs. L. A. B.