Add a little ammonia to the water in which dish-cloths and towels are washed. Wash out those that need it after each meal, or at least once a day, and hang up to dry. Jane P.
Contents of tin cans must always be emptied as soon as opened. Place in an earthen or glass bowl for one or two hours to draw back the oxygen that heat has eliminated. Bell KaDell.
Dissolve the glue in whisky instead of water. Pour it into a bottle and cork it tight. This will keep for years. I. F.
A preventive of the bad taste which a wooden pail will impart to water is obtained by varnishing the inside of the pail, when new, with three coats of common copal varnish. H. S.
Mix one-half pint of raw linseed oil, one-half pint of strong vinegar, one teaspoonful of 4-ffff's ammonia. This last can only be obtained at the druggists. T. Cregar.
The oak and hard woods so much used in furniture often take on a dark, stained appearance. A fine cleanser is made by adding one-half pint of boiled oil to one-half pint of turpentine. This will remove all dirt, but will not polish. Mrs. Samantha Kinsley.
A good way to clean black kid gloves is to take a teaspoonful of salad oil, drop a few drops of ink into it, and rub it over the gloves with the tip of a feather, then let them dry in the sun. Tanner.
Always keep the veil folded and pressed under a heavy book, and when it looks gray take alcohol enough to wet it thoroughly, then shake it dry, fold it nicely and press. Black crepe can also be perfectly restored by holding it over the steam of a boiling kettle. H. R.
To keep a pair of corsets perfectly fresh and clean they should be washed every two or three weeks. The operation is simple and will not injure the shape or cut. Make warm suds into which a few drops of ammonia have been put. Spread the corset on a flat table, taking out the laces, but not the bones and steels. Scrub it with a clean brush and the hot suds, then rinse quickly in clear, warm water. Lay flat on a board in the sun or near the fire so that it may dry quickly. Do not iron. I. I.
Remove hatband and place hat to be cleaned on a table. Moisten a cupful of white corn-meal and rub on brim and crown of the hat until dirt disappears. Shake well and dust over with dry meal. Then dry the hat thoroughly and brush with a stiff brush. It is then like a new one. P. I.
Rub sweet oil well on the rust spots and in forty-eight hours use finely-powdered unslacked lime, and rub till the rust disappears. D. Q.
A good cement may be made of wood ashes and salt, in equal parts. Make a paste with cold water and fill the cracks when the stove is cool. It soon hardens. C. H. D.
Wash the floor with a strong brine, before laying the carpet, and sweep with salt once a week. T. K.
Windows can be kept free from ice and be highly polished by dipping a sponge in alcohol, and rubbing the glass with it. M. H.
In dusting, use a soft cloth rather than a feather duster. The feathers scatter the dust, while the cloth can be shaken out, often, and you can be sure of a clean surface. Mrs. Lizzie S.
Cracks in stoves and stove pipes are readily closed by a paste made of ashes and salt with water. Iron turnings or fillings, sal ammoniac and water make a hard and durable cement. R. B.
Never attempt to clean the mica in stoves with water and soap. It will cause it to scale at once. Dip a soft cloth in clear vinegar and rub the mica over quickly, not forgetting the corners. It will stay clean for a long time. N. O. A.
Two ounces of dextrine, one drachm of glycerine, one ounce of alcohol and six ounces of water. T. H.
Take a small quantity of good black ink, mix it with the white of an egg, and apply it to the boots with a soft sponge. V. M.
Take one pound of common hard soap, three tablespoonfuls of spirits of turpentine and one-half tumblerful of water. Allow the soap to dis solve; then boil ten minutes, and before it cools add six tablespoonfuls of hartshorn. Make a suds of this preparation and wash the article to be cleaned with it. L. E.
The little plaster of Paris statuettes one sees in so many homes can be kept fresh and clean by taking one-half ounce each of white soap and wax, two pints of water. Boil them together for about five minutes in a clean vessel. This forms a firm varnish, which should be applied to the figures with a soft brush when cold. It dries very readily and may be washed with fine soap. T. U.
First clean them thoroughly with soap and water and a little rotten-stone; then dry them by wiping and exposing to the fire. Now get some good copal varnish, mix it with bronze powder and apply with a brush to the denuded parts. After which set the tray in an oven at a heat of from 212 to 300 degrees until the varnish is dry. Two coats will make it equal to new. Mrs. Lilly.
When the clock refuses to go, try the following, before taking it to the repair shop: Take off the pointers and the face; take off the pendulum and its wire. Remove the ratchet from the "tick" wheel, and the clock will run down with great velocity. Let it go; the increasing speed wears away the gum and dust from the pinions - the clock cleans itself. If you have any sperm oil, put the least bit on the axles. Put the machine together, and nine times in ten it will run just as well as if it had been taken to the shop. In fact, this is the way most shopmen clean clocks. If instead of a pendulum, the clock has a watch escapement, this latter can be taken out in an instant, without taking the works apart, and the result is the same. It takes about twenty minutes to so clean a clock, and saves a dollar. Zeb B.
Take equal parts of very clean, sharp sand, plaster of Paris, and litharge; mix well and make into a stiff putty with boiled linseed oil. This makes a splendid cement. H. L.