Yield: 1 Hint
Household hints were part of every home-makers fund of knowledge of the past. Some are still useful, while others simply make fascinating reading.
To Clean Smokey Lamp Glasses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To clean smokey lamp glasses easily, plunge the lamp glass into warm vinegar and water to which a little salt has been added. Polish with tissue paper.
An Old Time Window Cleaner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 ds cornflour
½ c cloudy ammonia
½ c brown vinegar
Mix together, shaking will to mix cornflour. Apply with damp cloth.
Rub over with crunched up newspaper or soft dry cloth.
To Cool an Oven ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Put a large basin of cold water into over-hot oven and it will instantly cool.
To Prevent Silver from Tarnishing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Olice oil rubbed over silver before it is put away will prevent it from tarnishing. When required, wash in warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
To Keep Flies Away ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A fresh bunch of stinging nettles hung up in the window of a room will prevent the entrance of flies.
To Firm Up Over-ripe Tomatoes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To firm up over-ripe tomatoes, place them in a bowl of icy cold water with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Coating Fish ~~~~~~~~~~~~ A teaspoon of ground ginger added to the flour when coating fish gives a piquant flavour.
From " A Taste of the Past - Some Pioneer Cooks of Happy Valley and the Southern Hills" - South Australia Typed by Vicki Crawford