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Kitchen Conveniences

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1 aere are mauy labor saving machines and arrangments, says Daisy Eyesbright, in the Country O.entleman, now in use, whioh will greatly economizo tho time and strength of the housewife ; and many a man ueeds oniy to have his attention called to them to be willing to purchase or provide them, and save the wear and tearof the muscles and nérvea of his household. Now, if he will oil or varnish the pine ■ boards of the closet and pautry shelves, and oil or paint the kitchen Hoor, he will save a vast amount of soap and gand scouring. And if ho will but contrive ways and ineans so that there will not be so much lifting of pails of water and emptying tubs of dirty suds, he will not find the women of his household so full of aches and pains, and with their nerves and muscles overstrained and overworked. A painted iron sink with a pump placed on the side nearest to tho cistern or aqueduct, with an opening for the wastepipe, with a wire strainer in tho centre, is now considered an indispensable adjunct to every kitchen. Theii, at the end of this sink can be placed a movable dish-drainer, and if it cannot be purchased, an ingenious man or boy can construct one out of an oíd washboard, by surroundiug on three sides with narrow strips of wood three inches in width. Let it slope down to the edgo of the sink, so as to place the dishes upou it when thoy have been washed, and then turn hot water over them. If lióles are bored in tho strips of wood which edgeB it, the water will drain rapidly. Close at hand should hang a roller towel for wiping the hands, while ovor the sink BnouW be hung a tin wash basin and a dipper. In the closet under the sink should stand a wooden pail to hold all the refuse of the dishes, and a little shelf can be put in there to hold the dish-drainer when not in use. A largo rough mat laid at the outer door and keep much of tho dirt off the kitchen rloor, if those that enter can only bo porsuaded to wipe their feet upon it. When a kitchen floor is newly luid with narrow, southern pine boards, boiled liuseed oil applied twice a year will keep it always looking well, for it is easily washed up ; paint is harder to clean, but is better for au old ïioor. üücloth iuakes a nice kitehen caipet, but it is expensive, because it is so exposcd to iiccidenU, and experiences such hard usage. If thero ia a worn-out Brussels carpet in the house without holes, but the wool worn off, a very servicable floor cloth, or carpet, can be made by coveriug it with a thick coat of linseed oil and burnt umber. Nail it, woolen side down, to the floor of an attic or kitchen chamber not in use, i and put on a tbiok r.ont of paint, which ghould Ijp mixod at the paint shop in right proportions ; let it dry thoroughly then give it. another coat ; when perfectly dry, nail it down in the kitchen, and you can scrub and wash it liko an oilcloth, and with a yearly coat of paint it will do duty muoh longor than any comnion 'oilcloth. Kvery yoar a fresh coat of paint can lie applied and allowed to dry before using the floor, and it can be kept looking very nicoly for years. Kvery kitchen reqaires a wide, rooray table, or dresser, for cutting ineat (but a separate, hardwood board ahould be also provided for chopping and cutting nieat,) preparing vegetables, niaking bread, etc.


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