Thursday, December 15, 2011

My mothers ways; household hints from the 1900's

Some tips taken from the book, My mothers Ways; Being a book of household hints from the early 1900’s in Australia. Collected by Mary Murray.
You can borrow this book from the Library.

When a pumpkin is too large for one meal, rub bicarb soda into the cut surface and the remaining portion will keep good and fresh until wanted again.

The shell of a hard boiled egg will peel much easier if it is firmly rolled back and forth on the table before you attempt to peel it.

Potatoes put in cold salted water for about fifteen minutes before putting into the oven to bake will cook in half the time, and will be well favoured.

A handful of salt thrown into the oven in which something has been burnt will at once prevent all unpleasant odour.

Spectacles cleaned and polished with ordinary eau de Cologne will not smear when the wearer is cooking over the stove.

To prevent cooking odour from invading the rooms beyond the kitchen, fill a small fruit tin with vinegar and place it on the back of the stove.

If rusty knives are soaked in raw linseed oil for a few hours the rust can be wiped off and the knife polished in the usual way.

Keep your lemon skins when squeezing the fruit and put them in the washing up water with the dishes. The lemon will remove the grease and make the dishes sparkle.

Dip cold meat pies in and out of cold water before reheating them and they will be crisp and juicy as when freshly cooked.

In the absence of oil, wet a cake of soap and apply to squeaking hinges; it acts instantly. Another good oiler is hand cream.

When using candles for table decoration, remember this tip. If they are chilled for at least 24 hours, they will burn only an inch an hour.

In case of arthritis, gently massage the joints with lemon juice and olive oil., This is most benefit when the patient has been made warm.

A lemon cut in halves and placed where small ants are troublesome will usually rid the place of them, and often works with larger ants too. Alternatively dust shelves and cupboards with ground cloves.

Throw your soap suds from washday over the lemon, grapefruit or orange tree. This will help keep the aphids away.

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