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HOUSEHOLD HINTS.

'A soda bath is often a very good thing in chronic rheumatism. It is used at health resorts for this purpose, and can be obtained at home by adding one pound of washing soda to thirty gallons of water. The flavour of a duck is much improved by roasting with an orange and an onion in the body. Mix blacklead with cold tea instead of 'water. This will produce a brilliant polish with much less labour. Ironmould marks should be thoroughly damped, spread over a warm surface, and then rubbed with salts of lemon till the stain disappears. Next quickly rinse part in several changes of water. Remember that salts of lemon is a strong poison, so it needs careful handling. A teacupful of salt to every bucket of water will prevent dye running or fading from coloured articles. To clean cake tins and strainers that are greasy, scrub thoroughly with hot soda water, and then scour them with a soapy flannel dipped into fine sand. As window panes are liable to crack in frosty weather in the ordinary way with water, it is useful to know that if rubbed over with a little paraffin oil they may be polished without danger of breaking, besides making them look wonderfully clear and bright. At the first indication of diptheria in the throat of a child, shut all doors and windows. Take a tin cup and pour into it an equal quantity of tar and turpentine ; then hold the cup over a Are so as to fill the room with the fumes. The patient, in inhaling the fumes, will cough and spit up the membranous matter, and the diptheria will pass off. A cure for neuralgia will be found in a decoction of salt and water. Boil a pint of water, and while still boiling add to it about a quarter of a pint of salt, and keep applying this as hot as possible. A folded towel rung out in hot water will also sometimes give relief. Rub a drop of olive oil on knives and forks that are to be put away, and they will retain their brightness and be found free from rust when required again. To wash varnished paint, steep some tea leaves in water for half nn hour. Strain, and use the liquid for washing the paint. This decoction will make the woodwork look cleaner and fresher than if only soap and water are used.

To clean a copper kettle it with a cut lemon dipped in bath- ; brick to remove the stains, and then wash in warm, soapy water. Polish with dry, powdered bath brick and a soft cloth. A paste made with powdered bath brick and oil may be used instead of the lemon if preferred. Steep a new broom before using it in warm water for a few minutes. The dry fibres of a broom are brittle andlikely to snap ; for this reason it is advisable to repeat the process about once a week. Always keep brushes and brooms hanging up; they soon spoil if left standing on the floor. The best way to remove inkstains that have dried is to rub them with milk till the stains fade away, changing the milk as it becomes discoloured ; afterwards rub with ammonia to remove the grease. Fresh inkstains should be sprinkled with salt, which absorbs the ink, and so prevents the stain from spreading. Brush it into a dustpan as soon as it is discoloured, and sprinkle with fresh, removing that in the same way. Potato Croquettes.—One cupful of potatoes run through a sieve, yolk of one egg well-beaten, one onion run through a sieve, one tablespoonful of chopped parsley, one tablespoonful of butter, one half teaspoonful salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, one grated nutmeg. Set on stove in same pan until it dries from edges, then set away to cool. Mould in round cakes, dip in whites of eggs well beaten, then in cracker crumbs, and fry like doughnuts. Serve hot. Snow Pudding.—The yolks of 3 eggs, 2 teaspoonfuls of cornstarch, 1 pint of milk, sugar to taste. Let this boil, add vanilla when cold. Dissolve 2 tablespoonfuls of cornstarch in water, then pour one pint of. boiling water over this, and add 3 tablespoonfuls of sugar. Beat the whites of four eggs to a froth, and add the other. Cottage Pudding.—One cupful of milk, one half cupful of sugar, one egg, one tablespoonful of melted butter, one tablespoonful of baking powder, one pint of flour. Beat eggs and sugar to a cream, add a little milk, one half • cupful of flour, and butter and rest of flour and baking powder, and beat thoroughly. To make a sauce use one cupful of sugar, one tablespoonful of melted butter, one tablespoonful ef flour ; flavour to taste, and add one pint of boiling water ; boil all together fifteen minutes and eat warm. English Plum Pudding—One large cupful of suet, 2 small cupfuls of sugar, i a cupful of syrup, 3 cupfuls of flour, 1 cupful of currants, 1 cupful of raisins, 3 eggs, t teaspoonful of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix into thick batter with milk or water, 1 teaspoonful of baking soda ; steam from three to five hours.

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HOUSEHOLD HINTS., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 41, 8 December 1906

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HOUSEHOLD HINTS. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 41, 8 December 1906

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