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The original flavour of tea or coffee will be preserved if the articles are kept in earthenware, china, or glass receptacles, instead of tin. Sultana raisins can be swelled for cake by placing them on a plate after they are washed, and setting- in a cool oven with the door left open with the door left open ; stir about occasionally. Careful cooking of even the longest and best known‘kinds of food, whether animal or vegetable,, is the important rule to insure health and strength from the table. Some cooks claim that the flavour of cocoa is improved by a little cinnamon sprinkled over the top just before serving. Damp articles of clothing, household linen, etc., should never be put into the clothes hamper, as mildew’ is most likely to form on the clothes. A*.- _ Never hang a mirror where the direct rays of the sun can strike it. In a short time exposure to light and heat dulls the reflecting power of the mirror.

Pure butter will give off a pleasant odour when a little is' spread on a piece of paper and the paper burned. If impure, the odour will be tallowy and disagreeable. To cleanse swansdown put in in a warm lather of soap and water and squeeze until clean. Rinse in fresh cold water with a little blue in itShake out and hang in the open air to dry. If the lamp smokes, remove the burner and put it to soak in a little hot water to which strong washing soda has been added. Dry thoroughly before replacing, and it will be found to give a bright light. A teaspoonful of glycerine added to each pound of flour used in baking bread and cakes is said to be a great improvement, making the dough shorter and serving to keep the ax*ticles fresh longer after baking. To remlve the "shine" from a dark wool material sponge it with a solution of common washing blue and water and press it, while still damp, under a thin cloth. This is said to be a very efficacious treatment. A neatly written list of the oxxlinary stains, -with a corresponding remedy given for each particular stain, hung at a convenient place on the wall of the laundx-y or kitchen, will prove very handy to the housewife or laundress. Very dii'ty chaxnois skins should be cleaned by xmbbing soft soap into them and allowing them to soak for two hours ; then rub till clean. Rinse in a weak solution of warm water, soda, and yellow soap- Wring in a cough towel and di’y quickly, pulling until soft. When the woodwork in a room is being painted it is a good plan to have about thi’ee inches of the floor painted with the saxne colour paint, then if ever it is necessary to pxxt a cai’pct upon the floor which does not exactly fit it, the little space left will not be so unsightly.

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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