Monday, September 2, 2013

Household Hints From 1800’s to 1960

                                   

                         Household Hints From 1800’s to 1960

Today I am sharing household hints from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in their handwritten old recipe notebooks and old Webster Composition Books.
The first one was probably used on a wood stove: These are grandmother’s and great-grand mother’s hints from their old handwritten recipe books.
 
To clean the top of your stove use a piece of emery cloth. This will keep the stove clean and bright. This has to be a wood stove.
 
If a screw top of a jar or bottle will not come off, just heat it a little and it will loosen nicely.     
 
Use old silk stockings in an ordinary mop handle for a dry mop.
 
Castor oil if rubbed nightly on corns and bunions will cure both. Use the oil until the corn aches, then soak in warm water for a time and the corn can be pulled out.
 
To give house ferns a rich green color add a teaspoon of household ammonia to one quart of water and pour over the ferns once or twice a month.
 
To waterproof material take equal parts of alum, isinglass and soap. Melt each separately, then combine and paint on the wrong side of the material. Thankful for Scotchgard.
 
To kill dandelion roots pour gasoline from oil can in the center of the plant.
 
Hang an empty banana stalk in the chicken house. Chicken lice will cling to it, eat it and die.
 
Cut off a good-sized carrot about four inches from the top and hollow out the center. Put a small stick through, and hang upside down in a sunny window. Keep the hollow filled with water, and in a short time beautiful leaves will appear and grow up over the carrot, making a pretty and inexpensive hanging basket. This would be a good project for children to do.
 
To cement a stove---make a paste of equal parts of wood ashes and salt. Add cold water to make a paste and apply to stove when cold. Again it has to be a wood stove.
 
Household Hints from One of My Mother’s Old Recipe Notebooks
 
 Add a generous pinch of baking soda to your beaten egg whites and meringue will stand high.
 
 To eliminate ants, place a small quantity of green sage in cupboards.
 
 When cooking cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage, place a slice of bread over top of vegetable to eliminate odor.
 
Try adding ½ cup of cranberry sauce with the other fruits when making a congealed salad.
 
To clean aluminum ware, fill with water and add 2 tbs. Cream of tartar. Boil for five minutes.
 
If glue thickens, moisten with vinegar.
 
To make rice white and fluffy, add 1 tsp. Lemon juice.
 
 Squeeze lemon juice or 1 tbs. Vinegar in water of boiled potatoes to keep white.
 
 Peel a narrow strip around the middle of the apples before baking to prevent them from cracking.
 
Mark pie meringue before baking to prevent from sticking to knife when cutting a cooked pie.
 
Before heating milk, rinse pan with water to prevent scorching and sticking.

To eliminate food odors in the refrigerator, place about ½ cup of ground charcoal in a container and place in the refrigerator.
 
 Place plastic mitt or sandwich bag in shortening can to grease pans or casserole dishes.
 
You can avoid cloudiness in iced tea by letting freshly brewed tea come to room temperature before refrigerating. If the tea becomes cloudy pour a little boiling water into it until it clears.
 
A dash of salt added to coffee that has been over-cooked or reheated will freshen the taste.
 
To keep egg yolks, cover them with cold water: store in the refrigerator.
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