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Tips for the everyday housewife

I had a lot of fun this week with our little Mother's Day game we played on the air, using the awesome book 1003 Household Hints and Worksavers that I picked up at a thrift store in Lodi.

As a public service, I thought I'd share some of those tips in this space again. Please print them out and attach to your refrigerator or bulletin board for easy reference.

Although I may be paraphrasing, I am not making any of these up. They're all from the booklet that has an original copyright of 1947.

1) To assure food freshness, cover everything in your refrigerator, except for raw meat and eggs.

2)Eliminate garbage odors by installing a shall home sized incinerator.

3)Silence squeaking shoes by piercing the sole with three or four small holes, in the back of the ball of the foot.

4)Make sour milk seet again by adding a pinch of baking soda.

5)Keep a piece of charcoal in your toolbox to prevent rust.

6)Deodorize jars and bottles by pouring a solution of water and dry mustard into them. Let stand for several hours.

7)Before broiling meat, take out of the refrigerator several hours ahead of time. The meat will cook faster.

8)To keep cheese fresh, wrap in cloth soaked in vinegar. Store in a cool place, but not the refrigerator.

9)Waterproof your shoes with a mixture of two parts beeswax to one part mutton fat.           

10)Make short work of pinfeathers by removing them from fowl with an ordinary strawberry huller or tweezers.*


*This one might also be used for quick and easy eyebrow plucking!  If you try it, let me know how it works out.


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