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RAINY DAYS.--Make the house as bright and sunshiny as possible.
TO PREVENT HINGES CREAKING.--Rub with a feather dipped in oil.
TO DRIVE OFF FLEAS.--Sprinkle about bed a few drops of oil of lavender.
SOAP.--It is a great saving to have bars of soap dry. It should be bought by the
TO DESTROY COCKROACHES, ETC.--Sprinkle the floor with hellebore at night. They
eat it and are poisoned.
LOST CHILDREN.--Label children's hats with the name and place of residence so
that, if lost, they may be easily restored.
PARCELS.--When parcels are brought to the house, fold paper and put away in
drawer, and roll the string on a ball kept for the purpose.
MENDING.--Never put away clean clothes without examining every piece to see if
they are in any way out of order. Stockings, particularly, should be carefully
HARD WHITEWASH. --Ten cents worth of kalsomine, five cents worth of glue
dissolved in warm water, two quarts of soft-soap, and bluing. This will do for
halls, closets, fences, etc.--Miss H.D. Martin.
BAD SMELLS.--Articles of clothing, or of any other character, which have become
impregnated with bad-smelling substances, will be freed from them by burying for
a day or two in the ground. Wrap up lightly before burying.
TO CLEAN HEARTHS.--Soapstone or sandstone hearths are cleaned by washing in pure
water, then sprinkling with powdered marble or soapstone, and rubbing with a
piece of the stone as large as a brick, and having at least one flat surface.
LIGHTNING CREAM FOR PAINT OR CLOTHES. --Four ounces white castile soap, four of
ammonia, two of ether, two of alcohol, one of glycerine; cut the soap fine,
dissolve in one quart of soft water over the fire, and when dissolved add the
CARE OF OIL PAINTINGS AND FRAMES.--Wash the picture, when necessary, in sweet
milk and warm water, drying carefully. Give the gilt frame when new a coat of
white varnish, and all specks can then be washed off with water or suds without
harm.--Miss E. B. Price.
MAGIC FURNITURE POLISH. --Half pint alcohol, half ounce resin, half ounce
gum-shellac, a few drops analine brown; let stand over night and add
three-fourths pint raw linseed oil and half pint spirits turpentine; shake well
before using. Apply with cotton flannel, and rub dry with another cloth.--O. M.
MOTHS. --Make a solution of one ounce of gum-camphor, one ounce of powdered red
pepper, in eight ounces of alcohol; let stand for one week, and strain. Sprinkle
the furs or cloth with it and wrap in cloth or strong paper. To keep them out of
carpets, wash floor with turpentine or benzine before laying them.
PUTTING AWAY CLOTHES.--Before putting away summer or winter clothes, mend,
clean, brush, shake well, fold smoothly, sprinkle gum-camphor on every fold, and
on the bottom of trunks or closets (unless cedar chests are used). Fine dresses,
cloaks, etc., should be wrapped in towels or sheets by themselves, and placed in
the tray or a separate apartment of the trunk.
TO CLEAN SILVER-WARE EASILY.--Save water in which potatoes have been boiled with
a little salt, let it become sour, which it will do in a few days; heat and wash
the articles with a woolen cloth, rinsing in pure water, dry and polish with
chamois leather. Never allow a particle of soap to touch silver or plated-ware.
For wiping silver, an old linen table-cloth cut up in pieces of convenient size,
hemmed, and marked "silver," is very nice.
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