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Household Economy

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The nicest mat for common uso is made of No. 4 six-thread Dexter's crochet cotton. Scatïek dry powdered borax for all kinds of insects. Tliis has been pro ved by years of experience. To Kid a House of " Punkies." - If two or three bottles of ammonia, left unstoppered, are put in prominent places in a room they will soon leave. No insects whatover can tolérate it. Ir all steel or tin ware is well rubbed with lard and then with common unslaked lime before being put away, it will never rust. This is also tlie best plan to remove rust. Dam? Floors. -It should be a fixed rule that floors, particularly those of sleeping-rooms, are to bo scrubbed only dry days, and where the health of the inmates is delicate the drying should be quickened by lighting a fire in the room. Recipe fob Water. - Lime water is made by adding two ounces of slaked lime to one gallon of pure water and well shaking it for a few minutes. It must be left to stand for twelve hours, and the water may then be drawn off for use by means of a syphon. A Woed to the Cook. - Pickled or salt meat requires longer boiling than that which is fresh. Meat, in order to be tender, should not boil too rapidly. It should be put into cold water and heated gradually. Mutton should be soaked for a couple of hours in cold water previous to boiling. To Make Mats for the Table. - Take srnall sticks of black walnut and pine ; plano them down to one-sixteenth of an inch in thickness and one-half inch in width. Place them alternately, and glue to a piece of heavy cloth. Tliey can be cut round, square, diamondshaped, or any other pretty way, and, when varnished, make quite a pretty ornamental mat. Brown Coffee. - To eight ounces of ! butter add one pound and a quarter of I moist sugar and a quarter of a pound of molasses; boil those ingrediente together j until they are sufficiently cooked. This i may be tested by dropping a little of the liquid into cold water; if it harden I quickly, the coffee is made. Butter some platos, pour the liquid into them, and before it cools drop in a few drops of essence of lemon, or any other flavoring that may be approved. Plahts packed away in cellars that are quite dark, or nearly so, will require very little water; once a woek vill be sufflcient, and be very careful to give but little. Tho gas found in the cellars of some houses will be found to injure ! these plants, and should be guarded i against. Our experience with plants in a sleeping-room is such as to lead us to say that they will not be of the least discomfort, or in any way injure the person occupying the room. Moth Peeventives.- Brusli and j clean woolens and furs thoroughly, put them in tiglit paper bags and paste ; j them perfectly tight. To make sure, it j j is better to place a second bag over the i first. To prevent the paper bag from being torn, it is better to put it in a box or trunk. Clothes should not be allowed to lie about, but sliould be care; fully put away when no longer in daily I use. Camphor is very good to place in drawers. Fold up clothes, sprinkliug dry camphor between the folds, and then sew them up in common bed-ticking. It is necessary, to be sure, that moths have not laid eggs in the things before they are packed. Air the Bedding. - The desire of an ■ energetic housekeeper to have her work completed at an early hour in the mornj ing often causes her to leave one of the important items of neatness undone. The most effectual purif ying of beds and bedclothes cannot take place if a seasonable time is not allowed for the free circulation of pure air to remove all impurities which have collected during the hours of slumber. At least t"vo or three hours should be allowed for the complete removal of atoms of insensible perspiration which are absorbed by the bed. Every day this airing should be done, and occasionally bedding constant-' ly used should be carried into the open air, and when practical left exposed to the sim and wind for half a day.


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