This section is from the book "Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge And Useful Infomation", by David Bepler. Also available from Amazon: Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge and Useful Information.
That fish may be scaled much easier by first dipping them into boiling water for a minute.
That which has changed may be sweetened or rendered fit for use again by stirring in a little soda.
That fresh meat beginning to sour will sweeten if placed out-of-doors in the cool air over night.
To keep oilcloth looking new wipe off the dust with a dry cloth, then rub with a cloth dampened with kerosene.
The cold rain water and soap will remove machine grease from washable fabrics.
To remove clinkers from stoves or fire-bricks put in about half a peck of oyster shells on top of a bright fire. This may need repeating.
That thoroughly wetting the hair once or twice with a solution of salt and water will keep it from falling out.
To restore the hair, apply equal parts of glycerine and bay rum , mixed well together.
That salt fish are quickest and best freshened by soaking them in sour milk.
That salt will curdle new milk, hence in preparing porridge, gravies, etc., salt should not be added until the dish is prepared.
To clean dirty marble - sal soda one part, powdered pumice one part, whiting two parts, oxalic acid half a part. Mix. Spread the preparation on the marble, and moisten with sufficient hot water to form a paste. Rub well.
That castor oil softens boots and shoes which have been hardened by water.
That one teaspoonful of ammonia to a teacup of water applied with a rag will clean silver or gold jewelry perfectly.
That furniture may be brightened and cleaned from soiled spots by rubbing with a cloth dipped in sweet oil.
That paint stains that are dry and old may be removed from cotton or woolen goods with chloroform. It is a good plan to first cover the spot with olive oil or butter.
That when a room is to have a new paper the old ought to be removed first. A boiler of hot water set in a room, and the doors and windows closed for a while will cause the paper to loosen, so that it may be taken off without difficulty. The wood-work may then be cleaned easily, while the dirt is softened by the steam.
That charcoal is recommended as an absorber of gases in the milk-room where foul gases are present. It should be freshly powdered and kept there continually, especially in hot weather when unwholesome odors are most liable to infect the milk.
That to keep worms from fruit, a small quantity of sassafras bark placed among any kind of dried fruit will keep it free from worms for years.
For chapped hands; one ounce of glycerine, one ounce of rosewater, ten drops carbolic acid. This prevents and cures chapping of the skin, and at the same time bleaches it.