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Stain Removal Recipes
Paint, Tar, Pitch, Ink, Grease Spots, etc., To Remove from Clothing.-Take a little of the renovating soap, above, without water, and rub it into the soiled spots; let it remain a few minutes, then scrape off and cleanse with the ammonia water, also given for pressing clothing, under the head of renovation, If this does not fully accomplish it, use the renovating soap with the ammonia water.
Laundry Tips
HINTS FOR THE LAUNDRY. Washing All Colors of Calicos, Percales, Muslims, Brown Linen, etc., and to Remove Paint and Wine Stains From Silks, Woolen and Cotton Goods.- Besides the foregoing receipts on general washings, etc., I deem it best to put in a few *ems, or 'hints,' as the above heading has it, from varions sources, which are generally short, and right to the point for quick work.
Preserving Colors Of Plants & Herbs
Color of Plants and Flowers, to Retain, in Drying for Herbariums. - Botanists who are grieved at the rapid loss of color in the plants and-flowers of their herbariums will be pleased to learn, says a Vienna journal, that if plants or flowers be dipped in a warm mixture of 1 part of hydrochloric acid to 600 of alcohol before being placed between the driers they will not only retain their natural...
Miscellaneous Household Tips
Cracked Hands, To Cure. - A laboring man who had been troubled with cracked hands, and tried many other remedies without success, was finally told to put common copal varnish into the cracks which, in 48 hours, entirely cured them. Others came, but the same remedy always cured. He had given it to others with the same success before making it public.
Cooking Vegetables
CARROTS. - Their Value as Food for Man and Domestic Animals. - A writer, with whom the author agrees-except that he thinks pars-nips preferable to carrots for horses-says: 'The carrot is one of the most healthful and nutritious of our garden roots, and deserves to be much more extensively used for culinary purposes, and we urge our readers to give some of the early table sorts a trial.
Polishing Silverware
1. Silverware, to Brighten with Little Labor. - When . it is desirable to brighten silverware without a formal scouring, prepare some pieces of silver cloth, as follows: Obtain hartshorn (carbonate of ammonia), 2 ozs., powdered or broken up finely, and boil it in 1 pt. of soft water. Dip suitable pieces of muslin in the liquor and hang up to dry without wringing.
Chimney Care
1. Chimneys, How to Build to Avoid Burning Out.--When building chimneys, keep a mortar-board of mortar for the purpose of plastering them upon the inside as the work goes on, tempered up by adding one-fourth as much common salt as of mortar, which forms a glaze that soot can not stick to, and hence there is none to burn.
Preventing Moth Damage
1. Moths in Carpets, to Prevent. - Wet the floor around the edge of the room thoroughly with spirits of turpentine before laying the carpet, apply with a brush as you would paint; it kills the nits or eggs under the base, and also prevents further nesting. Salt sprinkled freely about the edge and over the whole carpet, while sweeping, is not only a preventive, but it also helps to remove dirt...
ONIONS-Medicinal Effects Against Worms in Children and Colds in the Chest.-A mother writes to Hanes (Eng.) Advevtiser upon these matters (which, also in my own judgment, maybe relied upon) as follows: 'Twice a week invariably-and it was generally when we had cold meat minced-I gave the children a dinner which was hailed with delight and looked forward to; this was a dish of boiled onions.
Kinds Of Cements And Their Recipes
China and Glass Cement. A writer says: 'To 1 pt. of milk add 1 pt. of vinegar; separate the curds from the whey, and mix the whey with. the whites of five eggs; beat it well together, sifting into it a sufficient quantity of quicklime to convert it into a thick paste. Broken china or glass mended with this cement will not again separate, and will resist the action of fire and water.'
Preserving Eggs
EGGS-How to Preserve Them, Pour Plans. - Whatever excludes the air prevents the decay of the egg. What I have found to be the most successful method of doing so, is to place a small quantity of salt butter in the palm of the left hand and turn the egg around in it, so that every pore of the shell is closed; then dry a sufficient quantity of bran in an oven (be sure you have the bran well dried)...
Wax Making Recipes
GRAFTING WAX - To Make. - Rosin, 4 lbs. ; tallow and bees-wax, each, 1 lb. Melt, mix well and work, after cooling a little in cold water, until pliable. May be used at once, or will keep for years. - Blade.2. Grafting Wax. - A cousin of mine, Jerry Lawrence, of Strykersville, N. Y., who has followed grafting over 25 years, uses rosin, 1 lb.; bees-wax, 6 ozs., and mutton tallow 4 on., claiming that, with the mutton tallow, it is a good salve for cuts and bruises, which are often received in climbing and sawing among the trees.
Dog & Other Animal Health Care Treatments
1. DOGS - Mange Upon - Sure Remedy. - Powdered aloes, g oz.; flour of sulphur, 1 oz. Mix to a consistence of porridge, with spirits of turpentine, and apply with a brush or swab.Remarks.- 'Cures every time,' said a citizen of Ann Arbor to me, who had tested it. The word 'mange' undoubtedly comes from the French demanger, to itch, as it causes such a degree of itching as to cause dogs and other animals to rub themselves almost constantly against whatever they can find.
Bread, Why We Butter It. - The layers of the wheat berry, as we proceed towards the center, become more and more completely starchy, and at. the center but little else is found, and this portion makes our finest flour (super-fine). The finer the flour the less fit it is for nutrition. In its natural state, the wheat, with all its components present, is not fitted for perfect human development.
Preserving & Protecting Wood
FENCE POSTS, TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE POLES, ETC. - TO Prevent Decay. - Among the various methods heretofore practiced for preserving the ends of fence posts, telegraph poles, ties and other timber to be placed in the ground, has been charring, or coating with coal tar, but it is said that while neither of these modes is sufficient alone, the two combined answers every purpose.
Reviving Feather Beds
Feather Beds, Old, to Renovate Without Steam. - Old feather beds may be renovated or cleaned very satisfactorily by putting them out during a heavy shower, turning, to give both sides a good soaking. [And. the author can't see, if it does not rain when and as hard or as long as it is. desired for this purpose, why a woman can't get up a good 'heavy shower' of her own by means of plenty of warm water...
Garden & Household Insect Solutions
Pea Vine Hay, to Cure. - Those who raise peas to any extent will be surprised to see how stock will relish the vines in winter, if properly cured, and the best way to do it is to build a pen 3 rails high; then floor it over with rails and build up 3 or 4 rails more, according to how green the vines are, and fill in the vines; floor again, build up and fill in until 10 or 12 feet high...
Building An Ice House
ICE-HOUSE. - To Build Good but Cheap.-A year or two ago I had my attention called to an ice-house built by a farmer near me, which was simply a bin, made of rough boards, 10 feet square, and roofed over, leaving a large opening in the front and sides. He said his ice kept perfectly until the next winter. He put a layer of sawdust, about a foot thick, on the ground, and then stacked the ice snugly in...
Making Roof Shingles
SHINGLES. - To Make Fire-Proof and More Durable. - The Scientific American says: 'Take a potash kettle or large tub, and put into it 1 barrel of wood-ashes lye; 5 Ibs. white vitriol, 5 lbs. alum, and as much salt as will dissolve in the mixture. Make the liquor quite warm, and put as many shingles into it as can be conveniently wetted at once. Stir them up, and when well soaked (say 2 hours) take them
Candy Recipes
CANDIES - Everton Taffy, with Brown Sugar. - Put butter, 1/4 lb., into a suitable dish, with brown sugar, 1 lb.; stir over the fire for 15 minutes, or until the mixture becomes brittle when dropped in cold water; add lemon or vanilla flavoring after the cooking is completed; cool on flat buttered tins and mark in squares, before cold, so it can be easily broken.
Vinegar Recipes
VINEGAR - from Sugar.-Good brown sugar, 1/4 lb.; soft warm water, 1 gal. Keep same proportions for any amount you desire to make. Yeast, good brewer's, pt. or hop, home-made, 1 pt. strained for each 10 gals. Directions--Dissolve the sugar in a pail by pouring hot water upon it and stirring, or else put into the keg and shake thoroughly to dissolve it; then add the balance of water for the amount...
PICKLES - Very Fine for Present Use and Keeping Over. - EIma, of Hancock, N. Y., in the Blade, gives the following plans, and as I know they are good, I adopt them:I. For Present Use.-I will give them in her own words; she says "I want to give the best recipe for pickles I ever used. I found it 2 years ago in an old book, and I do wish you could all have one of the pickles, now about a year old Pick the cucumbers, being careful to leave on the stems.
Drying Fruit
APPLES-Dried and Evaporated, How to Cook.- A lady in one of the Rural areas becomes enthusiastic over dried apples, and tells us how to cook them, with which the author so fully agrees that he gladly gives it a place. She also covers the ground of cooking the evaporated apples prepared by the manufactories, but they sell so high I am glad to be able to give a plan, in the next recipe, of drying...
Vermin & Insect Control
RATS - To Destroy or Drive Away. - Arsenic, bread, butter, and sugar. Directions-If arsenic is to be used, get or % oz., and label poison, and keep it away from children. To use it, first spread. some slices of bread lightly with butter; then sprinkle on rather freely of the arsenic, and over this with a little sugar; and with a case-knife press the sugar and arsenic well into the butter....
Rose & Vegetable Insects - Homemade Insecticides
ROSE, OR SCALE BUGS - A New and Successful Remedy for. - At a recent meeting of the California Academy of Sciences, Dr. Gibbons exhibited a large bunch of beautiful roses of exceeding fragrance, and in full bloom, which he gathered from a bush in his garden that 2 months be-fore was overrun with scale, or rose bugs, and nearly dead. He applied to it a mixture of crude petroleum and castor oil...
Destroying Fungus
FUNGUS-In Cellars, to Destroy.-The use of sulphur to destroy fungoid growths in greenhouses and vineries is well known to horticulturists. The same remedy may be applied to destroy fungus and mould in cellars, in many of which it exists to such en extent as to damage produce stored there. Take some stick sulphur, generally called brimstone, but 'tis only sulphur is stick form, and place in a pan....
Making Cement Or Paste
PASTE.-Cement or Mucilage for Labels, Postage and Revenue Stamps, etc.-Soak good glue, 5 oz., water, 20 oz., for one day; after which add rock candy or loaf sugar, 9 oz., and gum arable, 3 oz.; and when these are dissolved, it is ready to be spread en paper. It keeps well; does not get brittle nor wrinkled, and does not make the sheets stick when they are piled upon each other.
Wire Worms
WIRE-WORMS-Protection Against for Corn.-I give you my experience with the wire-worm. Being troubled with the little pests one year, I was advised to soak my seed corn in a solution of copperas and saltpeter, using lb. each to a bushel of ears of common eight-rowed corn. The result was that my seed all grew, and I lost none by the wire-worms, and I never saw corn have so dark and vigorous a color....
Preserving Vegetables & Fruits
TURNIPS, BEETS, ETC.-To Keep Nicely in Cellars for Winter Use. Applicable to all Kinds of Roots and Large Fruits.-All kinds of roots keep better in the cellar by throwing fresh dirt over them; but turnips and beets especially keep much better for this, as they soon wilt and lose their freshness without it. Put in barrels, if it is too unhandy to thus cover them on the floor, by putting dirt in the bottom, and a layer every few inches, the roots not to come out to the sides by an inch at least, and then 5 or...
Cure For Stammering
STAMMERING-to Cure.-A gentleman who had stammered from childhood to nearly manhood, gives the plan that cured him, as follows: He-says, go' into a room where you will be quiet and alone, get some books that will interest but not excite you, and sit down and read 2 hours aloud to your-self, keeping your teeth together. Do the same thing every 2 or 3 days, or once a week if very tiresome....
PAPERING.-Making the Paste, etc.-As many people desire to do their own papering, a few hints will not be amiss:1. Walls that have been white-washed may be papered by first wetting the walls well with alum water, 1 lb. to 2 gals. of water, and letting dry before-papering.II. Trim one edge off with the shears, and match the pattern as you cut off the lengths.III. Make the paste the day before it is wanted to have it cold when applied to the paper.
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