Things Worth Knowing
Beeswax and salt will make your
rusty flat irons as clean and smooth as
glasss. Tie a lump of wax in a rag and
keep it for that purpose. When the
Irons are hot rub them, first with the
wax rag, and then scour them with a
paper or cloth sprinkled with salt.
When soaking salt fish before cook-
ing add a little vinegar to the water; it
improves the fish.
Steel knives which are not in general
use may be kept from rusting if they
are dipped in a strong solution of soda;
one part water to four of soda; then
wipe dry, roll in flannel and keep in a
Fish may be scalded much easier by
dipping into boiling water about a min-
For "greasing" the griddle, cut a
white turnip into halves and rub the
griddle with it. It causes no smoke,
smell, taste, or adhesions, and is better
than butter or grease.
The value of crushed ice as a dress-
ing for burns and scalds, first pointed
out by Sir James Earle, is confirmed by
Dr. Richardson. The ice, after being
reduced by crushing or scraping, is
mixed with fresh lard into a paste,
which is placed in a thin cambric bag
and laid upon the burn. This is said
to banish all pain until the mixture has
so far melted that a fresh dressing is
Flowers may be kept very fresh over
night if they are excluded entirely from
the air. To do this wet them thorough-
ly, put in a damp box and cover with
wet raw cotton or wet newspaper, and
place in a cool spot.
Milk which is slightly turned or
changed may be sweetened and ren-
dered fit for use again by stirring in a
Stale buns may be made to taste as
nicely as when fresh if they are dipped
a moment or so in cold water, then put
in a hot oven for five or ten minutes.
They will turn out as light and crisp as
when first baked.
To scour knives easily, mix a small
quantity of baking soda with your
brick-dust, and see if your knives will
not polish better.
Kerosene will soften boots or shoes
which have been hardened by water,
and render them as pliable as new.
Kerosene will make tin tea-kettles as
bright as new. Saturate a woolen rag
and rub with it. It will also remove stains
from clean varnished furniture.
When one has had a fever and
hair is falling off, take a teacup of [tea?]
steep in a quart of soft water, [straining?]
off into a tight bottle. Sponge the [text obscured by folding]
with the tea frequently, wetting [text obscured by folding]
roots of the hair.
The Scientific American says that if a [bot-?]
tle of the oil of pennyroyal is left un
corked in a room at night, not a mos-
quito, or any other blood-sucker will be
found there in the morning. Mix pot-
ash with powdered meal and throw it
into the rat-holes of a cellar and the
rats will depart. If a rat or mouse
gets into your pantry, stuff in its hole
a rag saturated with a solution of cay-
enne pepper and no rat or mouse will
touch the rag for the purpose of open-
ing a communication with a depot of
Salt will curdle new milk, hence, in
preparing milk porridge, gravies, etc.,
the salt should not be added until the
dish is prepared.
To clean stained woodwork, which is
also varnished, an old housewife rec-
commends the saving of tea leaves from
the teapot for a few days. Drain them,
and when you have a sufficient quantity
put them in clean soft water; let them
simmer for half an hour. When they
are almost cold strain them out,
and, dripping a flannel cloth in the
water, wipe of the paint, drying it with
another flannel cloth. One cup of
leaves to one quart of water is the due
Hartshorn applied to the stings of
poisonous insects will allay the pain
and stop the swelling or apply oil of
sassafras, which is better. Bee stings
should also be treated in this way.
A party of young men who were
singing "We won't go home till morn-
ing" never reached the e until late in
the afternoon, and then they had to pay
$5 and costs. - Philadelphia Call.
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