How To Clean Iron Sinks

Rub them well with a cloth wet with kerosene oil.

How To Erase Discoloration On Stone China

-Dishes and cups that are used for baking custards, puddings, etc., that require scouring, may be easily cleaned by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in whit-ting or "Sapolio," then washed as usual.

To Remove Ink, [Wine or Fruit Stains: - Saturate well in tomato juice; it is also an excellent thing to remove stains from the hands.

How To Set Colors In Washable Goods

Soak them previous to washing in a water in which is allowed a tablespoonful of ox-gall to a gallon of water.

How To Take Out Paint

Equal parts of ammonia and turpentine will take paint out of clothing, no matter how dry or hard it may be. Saturate the spot two or three times, then wash out in soap-suds. Ten cents' worth of oxalic acid dissolved in a pint of hot water will remove paint spots from the windows. Pour a little into a cup, and apply to the spots with a swab, but be sure not to allow the acid to touch the hands. Brasses may be quickly cleaned with it. Great care must be exercised in labeling the bottle, and putting it out of the reach of children, as it is a deadly poison.

How To Remove Tar From Cloth

Saturate the spot and rub it well with turpentine, and every trace of tar will be removed.

Simple Disinfectant

The following is a refreshing disinfectant for a sick room, or any room that has an unpleasant aroma prevading it: Put some fresh ground coffee in a saucer, and in the centre place a small piece of camphor gum, which light with a match. As the gum burns, allow sufficient coffee to consume with it. The perfume is very pleasant and healthful, being far superior to pastiles, and very much cheaper.

Cure For Hiccough

Sit erect and inflate the lungs fully. Then, retaining the breath, bend forward slowly until the chest meets the knees. After slowly arising again to the erect position, slowly exhale the breath. Repeat this process a second time, and the nerves will be found to have received an access of energy that will enable them to perform their natural functions.

How To Keep Out Mosquitoes And Rats

If a bottle of the oil of pennyroyal is left uncorked in a room at night, not a mosquito, nor any other blood-sucker, will be found there in the morning. Mix potash with powdered meal, and throw it into the rat-holes of a cellar, and the rats will depart. If a rat or a mouse get into your pantry, stuff into its hole a rag saturated with a solution of cayenne pepper, and no rat or mouse will touch the rag for the purpose of opening communication with a depot of supplies.

Salt will Curdle New Milk; hence, in preparing porridge, gravies, etc., the salt should not be added until the dish is prepared.

How To Sweeten Milk

Milk which is slightly turned or changed may be sweetened and rendered fit for use again by stirring in a little soda.

How To Scour Knives Easily

Mix a small quantity of baking soda with your brick-dust and see if your knives do not polish better.

How To Soften Boots And Shoes

Kerosene will soften boots and shoes which have been hardened by water, and render them as pliable as new. Kerosine will make tin kettles as bright as new. Saturate a woolen rag and rub with it. It will also remove stains from clean varnished furniture.

Faded Goods

-Plush goods and all articles dyed with aniline colors, which have faded from exposure to the light, will look as bright as new after sponging with chloroform.


A piece of food lodged in the throat may sometimes be pushed down with the finger, or removed with a hain-pin quickly straightened and hooked at the end, or by two or three vigorous blows on the back between the shoulders.

To Prevent Mold on the Top of Glasses of Jelly, lay a lump of paraffine on the top of the hot jelly, letting it melt and spread over it. No brandy paper and no other covering is necessary. If preferred the paraffine can be melted and poured over after the jelly is cold.

How To Preserve Ribbons And Silks

Ribbons and silks should be put away for preservation in brown paper; the chloride of lime in white paper discolors them. A white satin dress should be pinned up in blue paper with brown paper outside sewn together at the edges.

How To Preserve Bouquets

Put a little saltpetre in the water you use for your bouquets and the flowers will live for a fortnight.

How To Destroy Cockroaches

Hellebore sprinkled on the floor at night. They eat it and are poisoned.

How To Remove Iron Rust

Lemon juice and salt will remove ordinary iron rust. If the hands are stained there is nothing that will remove the stains as well as lemon. Cut a lemon in halves and apply the cut surface as if it were soap.

How To Brighten Carpets

Carpets after the dust has been beaten out may be brightened by scattering upon them corn meal mixed with salt and then sweeping it off. Mix salt and meal in equal proportions. Carpets should be thoroughly beaten on the wrong side first and then on the right side, after which spots may be removed by the use of ox-gall or ammonia and water.

Silver Tea And Coffeepot

When putting away those not in use every day lay a little stick across the top under the cover. This will allow fresh air to get in and prevent the mustiness of the contents, familiar to hotel and boarding-house sufferers.

How To Prevent Creaking Of Bedsteads

If a bedstead creaks at each movement of the sleeper, remove the slats, and wrap the ends of each in old newspapers.

How To Clean Unvarnished Black Walnut

Milk, sour or sweet, well rubbed in with an old soft flannel, will make black walnut look new.

How To Prevent Cracking Of Bottles And Fruit Jars

If a bottle or fruit-jar that has been more than once used is placed on a towel thoroughly soaked in hot water, there is little danger of its being cracked by the introduction of a hot liquid.

How To Prevent Lamp-Wicks From Smoking

Soak them in vinegar and then dry them thoroughly.

Rub the nickel stove-trimmings and the plated handles and hinges of doors with kerosene and whiting, and polish with a dry cloth.

That salt should be eaten with nuts to aid digestion.

That milk which stands too long makes bitter butter.

How To Clean Drain Pipes

Drain pipes, and all places that are sour or impure, may be cleaned with lime-water or carbolic acid.

If oil-cloth be occasionally rubbed with a mixture of beeswax and turpentine, it will last longer.

How To Remove Mildew From Cloth

Put a teaspoonful of chloride of lime into a quart of water, strain it twice, then dip the mildewed places in this weak solution; lay in the sun; if the mildew has not disappeared when dry, repeat the operation. Also soaking the article in sour milk and salt; then lay in the sun; repeat until all the mildew is out.

How To Toughen Lamp Chimneys And Glass-Ware

Immerse the article in a pot filled with cold water, to which some common salt has been added. Boil the water well, then cool slowly. Glass treated in this way will resist any sudden change of temperature.

How To Remove Paint From Window-Glass

Rub it well with hot sharp vinegar.

How To Clean Stove-Pipe

A piece of zinc put on the live coals in the stove will clean out the stove-pipe.

Packing Bottles

India-rubber bands slipped over them will prevent breakage.

Cutting Off Glass Bottles For Cups And Jars

A simple, practical Way is to take a red-hot poker with a pointed end; make a mark with a file to begin the cut; then apply the hot iron and a crack will start, which will follow the iron wherever it is carried. This is, on the whole, simple, and better than the use of strings wet with turpentine, etc.

Cistern Water may he Purified by charcoal put in a bag and hung in the water.

Salt will Remove the Stain from Silver caused by eggs, when applied dry with a soft cloth. .

Opened Fruit, Fish Or Vegetables

Never allow opened fruit, fish or vegetables to stand in the tin can. Never stir anything in tin, or, if it is done, use a wooden spoon. In lifting pies or cakes from bright tin pans, use great caution that the knife does not scrape off flecks of bright metal.

Never use water which has stood in a lead pipe over night. Not less than a wooden bucketful should be allowed to run.

Never use water from a stone reservoir for cooking purposes. Never allow fresh meat to remain in paper; it absorbs the juicea.

Never keep vinegar or yeast in stone crocks or jugs; their acid attacks the glazing, which is said to be poisonous. Glass for either is better.

Squeaking Doors ought to have the hinges oiled by putting on a drop from the sewing machine oil-can.

Plate Glass And Mirrors

A soft cloth wet in alcohol, is excellent to wipe off plate glass and mirrors, and prevents their becoming frosty in winter.

A red-hot iron will soften old putty so that it can be easily removed.

How To Test Nutmegs

Prick them with a pin; if good, the oil will instantly spread around the puncture.

A Good Way to Clean Mica in a stove that has become blackened with smoke, is to take it out, and thoroughly wash it with vinegar. If the black does not come off at once, let it soak a little.

To Banish Rats from the Premises, use pounded glass mixed with dry corn meal, placed within their reach. Sprinkling cayenne pepper in their holes will also banish them. Chloride of lime is an infallible remedy, spread around where they come, and thrown into their holes; it should be renewed once in two weeks. Tar is also a good remedy.

How To Prevent The Odor Of Boiling Ham Or Cabbage

Throw red pepper pods or a few bits of charcoal into the pan they are cooking in.

How To Brighten Gilt Frames

Take sufficient flour of sulphur to give a golden tinge to about one and one-half pints of water, and in this boil four or five bruised onions, or garlic, which will answer the same purpose. Strain off the liquid, and with it, when cold, wash with a soft brush any gilding which requires restoring, and when dry, it will come out as bright as new work.

All cooking utensils, including iron-ware, should be washed outside and inside in hot, soapy water; rinsed in clean, hot water, wiped dry with a dry towel; a soapy or greasy dish-cloth should never be used for the purpose.

A cake of sapolio should be kept in every kitchen, to be used freely on all dishes that require scouring and cleansing. All tins that have become discolored can be made as bright and clean as new by the use of sapolio; also shines dishes; and, in fact, almost all articles that require any scouring. Purchased at all groceries. One of the most useful articles ever used in the kitchen.

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