Parsley eaten with vinegar will remove the unpleasant effects of eating onions.
Cold boiled potatoes used as soap will clean the hands and keep the skin soft and healthy. Those not over-boiled are the best.
Charcoal powder is good for polishing knives without destroying the blades. It is also a good tooth powder when finely pulverized.
Straw matting may be cleaned with a large coarse cloth, dipped in salt and water, and then wiped dry. The salt prevents the straw from turning yellow.
Potato water in which potatoes have been scraped, the water being allowed to settle and afterwards strained, is good for sponging dirt out of silk.
Tea leaves, used for keeping down the dust when sweeping carpets, are apt to stain light colors; salt is the best in the winter, and new mown hay in the summer.
Buttermilk is excellent for cleaning sponges. Steep she sponge in the milk for some hours, then squeeze it out, and wash it in cold water. Lemon juice is also good.
The white of an egg, into which a piece of alum about the size of a walnut has been stewed until it forms a jelly, is was a capital remedy for sprains. It should be laid over the sprain upon a piece of lint and be changed as often as it becomes dry.
A lump of fresh quicklime the size of a walnut dropped into a pint of water and allowed to stand all night, the water being then poured off from the sediment and mixed with a quarter of a pint of the best vinegar, forms the best wash for scurf in the head [dandruff]. It is to be applied to the roots of the hair.
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Source publication: The Colfax Chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, Louisiana)