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HOUSEHOLD HINTS.

Spots of an alkali nature are removed by moistening- with vinegar or tartaric acid. To remove mildew, soak in buttermilk or lemon juice, and place in the sunshine. To remove grease spots from silk, wool, paper, or wood, caver the spot .with powdered chalk or magnesia, then brown paper, and cover with a hot iron, not hot enough to burn. Let it stand until cool. White enamelled kitchen utensils often become to all appearances hopelessly ruined, .when food has burned them. Place a mixture of strongsoap powder and boiling- water in such kettles, let them stand two or three days on the back of the stove without changing the water. Then pour off the water, and rub the inside with with a soft cloth. All blackness and stain will disappear. Be careful not to scratch or scrape the kettle before soaking in this way, as the enamel will crack. Laundresses declare that the first rinsing water should be tepid, for the reason that there is still more or less soaP on the clothes-, and soap, in uniting- with the dirt, makes a dirty, gummy solution. Rinse in hard water, they say, using- an ample supply. When cleaning the kitchen range, if the ironwork is discoloured by heat, brush well over with soap, then cover thickly with blacklead, and allow this to dry before removing. Repeat) the process once or twice if necessary If ammonia is used with the blacklead a surface of very intense black wi,l be obtained. To remove grease rub with a rag dipped in soot. To get rid of tarnish scour with a little vinegar, while the stove is warm, and then wipe well with a rag wetted in cold water. To remove varnish stains from the hands rub with a little methylated spirit, wipe on a rag, and wash thoroughly in soapy water.

Brass that is badly tarnished may be cleaned by dissolving in ammonia a small piece of scouring soap. Apply this to the surface with a soft brush, and then polish well with chamois skin.

Tea shrub is a change from lemonade, and very refreshing on a hot day. Prepare as follows : Take a targe-sized jug, and make it very hot by filling with boiling water. Empty it and put in two tablespoonfuls of tea ; add a quart of freshly-boiled water, and leave aside for a quarter of an hour. Strain it, and add -Jib of sugar ; stir well, and add the juice of three lemons. Before serving ice thoroughly and add a pint of plain water or soda water.

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HOUSEHOLD HINTS., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 47, 19 January 1907

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HOUSEHOLD HINTS. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 47, 19 January 1907

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