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What Housekeepers Should Remember








That cold rain water and soap will remove machine grease from washable
fabrics.

That fish may be scaled much easier by first dipping them into boiling
water for a minute.

That fresh meat beginning to sour will sweeten if placed outdoors in the
cool air over night.

That milk which has changed may be sweetened or rendered fit for use
again by stirring in a little soda.

That a tablespoonful of turpentine boiled with your white clothes will
greatly aid the whitening process.

That kerosene will soften boots and shoes that have been hardened by
water and will render them as pliable as new.

That thoroughly wetting the hair once or twice with a solution of salt
and water will keep it from falling out.

That salt fish are quickest and best freshened by soaking 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.

That one teaspoonful of ammonia to a teacup of water, applied with a
rag, will clean silver or gold jewelry perfectly.

That paint stains that are dry and old may be removed from cotton and
woolen goods with chloroform. It is a good plan to first cover the spot
with olive oil or butter.

That clear boiling water will remove tea stains. Pour the water through
the stain and thus prevent it spreading over the fabric.

That charcoal is recommended as an absorbent 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 applying kerosene with a rag, when you are about to put your stoves
away for the summer, will prevent them from rusting. Treat your farming
implements in the same way before you lay them aside for the fall.

That a teaspoonful of borax, put in the last water in which clothes are
rinsed, will whiten them surprisingly. Pound the borax so it will
dissolve easily. This is especially good to remove the yellow that time
gives to white garments that have been laid aside for two or three
years.

That a good agency for keeping the air of the cellar sweet and wholesome
is whitewash made of good white lime and water only. The addition of
glue or size, or anything of that kind, only furnishes organic matter to
speedily putrefy. The use of lime in whitewash is not only to give a
white color, but it greatly promotes the complete oxidation of effluvia
in the cellar air. Any vapors that contain combined nitrogen in the
unoxidized form contribute powerfully to the development of disease
germs.





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