“Your Household Guide”

While picking up and poking around I found a fascinating book in the Valley Grange Museum. It’s called Your Household Guide and contains “1001 helpful household hints… selected from several hundred Walsworth Bros. Home Recipe Books throughout the nation.” The cover imprint indicates it was sponsored by Shirley Grange No. 413.

These hints are now over fifty years old, but some are timeless. Others are amusing. I thought I’d reproduce a few here for your entertainment and possible use.

Do not grease the sides of a cake pan. How would you like to climb a greased pole?

When bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help to keep the crust from getting hard.

When painting indoors, slip a pair of old socks over your shoes. If paint drops on the floor, just “skate” it up.

Turn printed washables inside out on the line to prevent fading.

Buttons sewn on with dental floss will stay on longer.

Put a small piece of soap in your sewing basket. Stick needles and pins in it and they will run through cloth more easily.

Spinach may be the broom of the stomach, but sauerkraut is the vacuum cleaner.

To catch mice, place a gumdrop in the trap. His teeth will get stuck.

Wax the rockers and legs of chairs. They will not mar the waxed floors when moved about.

A special children’s section includes some fairly practical admonishments:

  • Always give way to the younger child. It is your duty to look after them instead of fretting them.
  • Talk in a low, even voice. It denotes refinement.
  • Never let your mother or your father bring you a chair or get one for themselves. Wait on them instead being waited on.
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