Boil one pound of rice in five gallons of water until soft and broken. Strain and rub the rice through a colander back into the water, and while it is still boiling stir into it one peck of best lime, with a pound of salt. Boil up once and apply hot.
It makes a glossy and durable covering for wood and walls.
Lay them upon a folded towel and pull straight. Have ready several pieces of fine, soft old flannel. Dip one in skim-milk, rub upon sweet soap - or old castile - and wash the gloves, working toward the finger-tips. As soon as the flannel becomes soiled, throw it into warm water and soak, and take a clean bit. Go all over both sides of each glove in this way until the flannel brings away no more dirt. Wash off with clean flannel wrung out in the milk with no soap. Lay between the folds of a clean towel and leave until next day. The gloves will look unsightly enough, but put them on your hands and they will resume their original color, and, if the work has been done well, will look almost like new.
Gather rose petals when the roses are in their richest bloom, but not when the dew is on them, and pack in a jar in layers two inches deep, sprinkling about two tablespoonfuls of fine, dry salt upon each layer. Continue this until the jar is full, adding fresh petals and salt daily. Keep in a dark, dry cool place. A week after the last relay is gathered turn out the salted petals upon a broad platter, mix and toss together until the mass is loosened. Then incorporate thoroughly with the formula given below; pack in a clean jar, cover lightly and set away to "ripen." It will be ready for rose jars, etc., in a fortnight, and, if kept covered, will be good and fragrant for twenty years.
Formula - Violet powder, one-half ounce; orris root, one ounce; rose powder, one-half ounce; heliotrope powder, one-half ounce; mace, one-half teaspoonful; cinnamon, one-quarter teaspoonful; cloves, one-half teaspoonful; oil of roses, four drops; oil chiris, ten drops; oil melissne, twenty drops; oil eucalyptus, twenty drops; bergamot, ten drops; alcohol, two drachms.
If you wish to fill a pillow with rose leaves alone, spread the petals in the shade, but on a sunny day, and dry thoroughly before stuffing the pillow. Then scatter a tablespoonful of powdered orris root among them, and sprinkle with ten drops of real attar of roses. The inferior qualities will not hold the fragrance. Make the inner cover of glazed cambric, the outer of silk or satin, decorated to suit your fancy.
Hot plates frequently disfigure tables by leaving on them a cloudy, white stain. This could be avoided if a mat were always placed between the hot plate and the table. The same with hot water jugs, etc. To remove the heat stains rub on a few drops of sweet oil, and afterwards polish with spirits of wine and a soft cloth.
Or hold a hot iron a few inches above the spot until the wood regains color. Polish with a cloth wrung out in kerosene.
If the spot be small, surround it with a muffin-ring, and let the hot iron rest on it a moment. It will confine the heat and rest the hand.
Marks that have been made on paint with matches can be removed by rubbing first, with a slice of lemon, then with whiting, and washing with soap and water.
Wet up a cupful of best flour with cold water until you can stir it easily; have on the fire a generous pint of boiling water and add the flour paste, spoonful by spoonful, to it, stirring all the time. Should it thicken too much, add more boiling water. Cook thus for ten minutes. Take it off and beat in a teaspoonful of carbolic acid. When cold put it into a wide-mouthed bottle, through the cork of which a paste brush is thrust. If you dislike the odor of carbolic acid, use salicylic acid in the same quantity, and add ten drops of oil of cinnamon.
Wet a flannel cloth with kerosene oil and thoroughly rub the tub; wash with scalding water, pouring some washing-soda dissolved therein; dry thoroughly, and the tub will have a beautiful polish.