HINTS FOR THE HOUSEWIFE
A little salt added to the water when scrubbing willow furniture will give it a fresh appearance.
Reprinted from The Almanack of 1914
Take the time to teach the girls to sew nicely. Lots of girls grow up without knowing a thing about such work. It is a shame, and they will be sorry some day that they do not know how to do this kind of work, and perhaps, blame you. Don’t let it be so.
From The Almanack of 1964
USE PEROXIDE RATHER THEN BLEACH.
Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it directly on the counters.
After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Use peroxide to clean mirror. The result is no smearing.
Ever try and pull some foil out and the entire roll comes out of the box? Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. Check this little known secret out. At each end of a Saran Wrap or a Reynolds foil box is written, ‘Press here to lock end’. Right there on each end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? Even most generic brands of wrap and aluminum foil have them, too.
A teaspoonful of cold water added to the white of an egg causes it to whip more quickly while increasing the quantity.
Cottage cheese will remain fresher longer if stored upside down in the refrigerator. This slows the effects of oxidation.
Make giant ice cubes in muffin tins or plastic margarine bowls. These are perfect for using in picnic coolers or punch bowls. Add food coloring and make them look pretty!
Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to quickly soften it.
Transfer your jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle. No more messy, sticky jars or knives. This also works well for homemade salad dressing.
To speed drying time of big bulky items and jeans, add a dry towel to the wet items you're placing in the dryer. The towel will help absorb excess moisture.