Full-strength vinegar applied to a glass will remove the
Place a piece of white chalk in your silver chest or jewelry
box to absorb moisture and help prevent tarnishing of silverware
Clean tarnished copper with a solution made of equal parts
flour, white vinegar, and salt. Rub on, and then wash off in
Before you hand wash china, crystal, or other delicate items,
place a thick towel in the bottom of the sink to cushion them
and prevent them from chipping or breaking.
To loosen two drinking glasses that are stuck together,
fill the inner glass with cold water and stand them in hot water.
Expansion and contraction from the temperature difference will
Remove the rust from knives and other cooking utensils by
sticking them in an onion for a day or so. Move them back and
forth periodically to get the onion juices going.
To make your own waterproof matches, dip just the tips into
melted wax. Apply a thin coating and allow to dry on a piece
of waxed paper. Store in a tin or other waterproof container.
Use a dry bar of soap on creaky doors or stuck drawers.
For a sink that drips and keeps you awake at night: Tie
a piece of string to the faucet, placing the end down the drain.
When the water drips, it will flow down the length of the string,
which will absorb enough to silence the maddening drip.
Plain old cold tea will clean woodwork.
Rub a few drops of vanilla extract on your radiators or
outer edge of a cast-iron stove. When warmed, the pleasant scent
Stuff wet shoes with newspaper to speed up the drying process.
Put sugar cubes in your empty suitcase to absorb odors.
Tie a dozen pieces of chalk together and hang them in a
damp closet. The chalk will absorb the moisture in the air.
A dab of furniture polish in the bottom of your ashtrays
will make cleaning easier.
Shoe boxes create ideal storage for photographs, letters,
or other personal items. Paint or cover with paper or fabric.
Excerpted from Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions
for Homekeeping: Timeless Wisdom and Practical Advice by
Miriam Lukken. Copyright © 2003 by Miriam Lukken. Excerpted
by arrangement with Warner Books, Inc. New York, NY. All rights
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