If young ladies will use powder, the most harmless is refined chalk, powder is often a protection and comfort on long journeys, or in the city dust. If the pores of the skin must be filled one would prefer clean dust to begin with. A layer of powder will prevent freckles and sun-burn when properly applied. In all these cases it is worth while to know how to use it well. The skin should be as clean and cool as possible to begin. A pellet of chalk, without any poisonous bismuth in it, should be wrapped in coarse linen, and crushed in water, grinding it well between the fingers. Then wash the face quickly with the linen, and the wet powder oozes in its finest state through the cloth, leaving a pure white deposit when dry. Press the face lightly with a damp handkerchief to remove superfluous powder, wiping the brows and nostrils free. This mode of using chalk is less easily detected than when it is dusted on dry.
Source: The Housekeeper’s Friend: A Practical CookbookFiled under Remedy | Tags: bismuth, brow, brows, chalk, face, freckle, freckles, handkerchief, housekeeper, linen, nostril, nostrils, pore, pores, powder, skin, sunburn | Comment (0)
This is the composition commonly, but erroneously called salt of lemon, and is excellent for removing ink and other stains from the hands, and for taking ink spots out of white clothes. Pound together in a marble mortar an ounce of salt of sorrel, and an ounce of the best cream of tartar, mixing them thoroughly. Then, put it in little wooden boxes or covered gallipots, and rub it on your hands when they are stained, washing them in cold water, and using the acid salt instead of soap; a very small quantity will immediately remove the stain. In applying it to linen or muslin that is spotted with ink or fruit juice, hold the stained part tightly stretched over a cup or bowl of boiling water. Then with your finger rub on the acid salt till the stain disappears. It must always be done before the article is washed.
This mixture costs about twenty-five cents, and the above quantity (if kept dry) will be sufficient for a year or more.
Ink stains may frequently be taken out of white clothes by rubbing on (before they go to the wash) some bits of cold tallow picked from the bottom of a mould candle; Leave the tallow sticking on in a lump, and when the article comes from the wash, it will generally be found that the spot has disappeared. This experiment is so easy and so generally successful that it is always worth trying. When it fails, it is in consequence of some peculiarity in the composition of the ink.
Source: Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches, Eliza LeslieFiled under Remedy | Tags: acid, acid salt, cream of tartar, fruit juice, gallipot, hand, hands, ink, ink stain, ink-spot, leslie, linen, mortar, muslin, salt, salt of lemon, salt of sorrel, sorrel, stain, stains, tallow | Comment (0)
Dissolve a slightly heaping tablespoonful of Epsom salts in a pint of imported orange flower water (Chiris de Grasse), and add to it one tablespoonful of witch hazel. Apply with a soft linen cloth. Very refreshing in warm weather and an excellent remedy for oiliness of the skin.
Source: The Golden Age Cook Book, H. L. DwightFiled under Remedy | Tags: cloth, complexion, dwight, epsom salts, face, linen, oiliness, orange, orange flower, orange flower water, skin, witch-hazel | Comment (0)
Dip the ink spot in pure melted tallow, then wash out the tallow and the ink will come out with it. This is said to be unfailing. Milk will remove ink from linen or colored muslins, when acids would be ruinous, by soaking the goods until the spot is very faint and then rubbing and rinsing in cold water.
Source: The White House Cookbook, F.L. GilletteFiled under Remedy | Tags: ink, laundry, linen, milk, muslin, muslins, stain, stain removal, tallow, whitehouse | Comment (0)
Take a quarter of an ounce of gum sandarac and a quarter of an ounce of gum mastic; pick the dirt and black lumps out very carefully, and pound them in a mortar quite fine; put them into a bottle, and add to them a quartern (old measure) of strong spirit of wine; cork it down and put it in a warm place; shake it frequently till the gum is entirely dissolved, which will be in about twenty-four hours.
Before using it, be careful to ascertain that no grease is on the furniture, as grease would prevent its receiving the polish. If the furniture has been previously cleaned with bees’-wax or oil, it must be got off by scraping, which is the best way, but difficult to those who do not perfectly understand it, because if you are not very careful, you may scratch the surface, and create more expense than a workman would charge to do it properly at first. Or it may be done by scouring well with sand and water, and afterward rubbed quite smooth with fine glass paper, being careful to do it with the grain of the wood. To apply the polish, you must have a piece of list or cloth twisted, and tied round quite tight, and left even at one end, which should be covered with a piece of fine linen cloth; then pour a little of the polish on the furniture, and rub it well all over till it is worked into the grain of the wood, and begins to look quite smooth; then take a soft fine cloth, or what is better, an old silk handkerchief, and keep rubbing lightly until the polish is complete, which will take two or three hours. It will greatly help the polish if it is done near a fire.
If it does not look so smooth and clear as it should, a little sweet oil rubbed lightly over, and cleaned off directly, will greatly heighten it. If any part of the furniture has carving about it, where it will be impossible to polish, it must be done with mastic varnish, and a camel’s hair brush, after the rest is finished.
When the polish begins to look dull, it may be recovered with a little spirit of wine.
Source: The Cook’s Oracle and Housekeeper’s Manual, W.M. KitchenerFiled under Remedy | Tags: beeswax, cloth, french polish, furniture, glass paper, grease, gum, gum mastic, gum sandarac, kitchener, linen, oil, polish, sand, spirit of wine, varnish, wax, wine, wood | Comment (0)
In the month of April beat your fur garments well with a small cane or elastic stick, then lap them up in linen without pressing the fur too hard, and put between the folds some camphor in small lumps; then put your furs in this state in boxes well closed.
When the furs are wanted for use, beat them well as before, and expose them for twenty-four hours to the air, which will take away the smell of the camphor.
If the fur has long hair, as bear or fox, add to the camphor an equal quantity of black pepper in powder.
Source: The Cook’s Oracle and Housekeeper’s Manual, W.M. KitchenerFiled under Remedy | Tags: camphor, cane, fur, furs, kitchener, linen, moth, moths, pepper, stick | Comment (0)
Thoroughly bruise a raw onion and a potato into a pulp, by scraping or beating them with a rolling-pin; mix this pulp with a good table-spoonful of salad oil, and apply it to the naked burn or scald; secure it on the part with a linen bandage.
Source: A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes, C.E. FrancatelliFiled under Remedy | Tags: bandage, burn, burns, francatelli, linen, oil, onion, potato, pulp, salad oil, scald, scalds, skin | Comment (0)
Mix some soft soap with powdered starch, half as much salt, and the juice of a lemon ; apply on both sides with a brush, and lay it on the grass day and night, till the stain comes out.
Source: Valuable Receipts, J.M. PrescottFiled under Remedy | Tags: brush, grass, lemon, linen, mildew, prescott, salt, soap, soft soap, starch | Comment (0)
Make half a tumbler of strong lime water, let it set a few minutes; then strain the water through a thin muslin to the same quantity of linseed or sweet oil (neat’s or hog’s foot will answer); mix it well, and spread over the burn; wrap over linen cloths. Do not remove the cloth for several days; saturate it frequently with the lime and oil until the inflammation is subdued. Should the odor become offensive, apply cold poultices of the flour of slippery elm; spread over with pulverized charcoal. A plaster of lard and soot is also good for a burn. Heal with any simple salve — a very good one is made by stewing together heart leaves, white lily root, agrimony, a few leaves of the Jamestown weed, and sweet gum. When the strength of the herbs is extracted, strain the water; throw away leaves, etc.; add fresh unsalted butter, and simmer gently until the water has evaporated. Keep this on hand for common sores, in a close-covered box.
Source: Mrs Hill’s New Cook-BookFiled under Remedy | Tags: agrimony, burn, burns, butter, charcoal, heart, heart leaves, hill, hog's foot oil, jamestown weed, lard, lime water, linen, linseed, linseed oil, muslin, neat's oil, poultice, salve, skin, slippery elm, soot, sores, sweet gum, sweet oil, weed, white lily, white lily root | Comment (0)