In the afternoon when the baking is
finished bath taking should begin. Water should be warmed on the cookstove already hot from baking. The large wooden tubs should be
brought to the kitchen. The youngest should bathe first. When the
children have bathed and are in bed the adults may take their bath. If
the water cools by the time the last ones are ready for the bath, the
water may be warmed by keeping a tea kettle boiling on the stove.
TO GET RID OF A BAD SMELL IN A ROOM
Place a vessel of
lighted charcoal in the middle of the room, and throw on it two of three
handfuls of juniper berries, shut the windows, the chimmey, and the door
closed; twenty-four hours afterwards, the room may be opened, when it will
be found that the sticky, unwholesome smell will be entirely gone. The
smoke of the juniper berry possesses this advantage, that should anything
be left in the room, such as tapestry, etc., none if it will be spoiled.
PRACTICAL METHODS AND RECEIPTS FOR THE CARE OF
Attention to detail is very necessary.
Sand or bath brick is excellent in
cleaning wooden articles, floors,
and the like.
If skillets are very greasy, a little
salt soda in the water will neutralize the grease,
and so make them much easier to wash.
A discolored brass kettle can be
cleaned nicely by scouring it with a little vinegar
and salt, and washing it well afterwards with hot water and soap.
Steel or silver may tarnish in wooden
cloths. A chamois skin or tissue paper is very much better.
Do not work
at all on this day, except what is actually necessary for comfort. If you
see a dusty corner, or a dim window pane, let it alone until the next
day. Some putting of things to rights there must be, some making of beds
and cooking. But there is no need of getting up especially elaborate
dinners on this day, and, if Saturday afternoon has been employed as it
should have been, your cooking will not occupy very much time. There are
people who will stuff a turkey and roast it, and cook three or four
vegetables, and stew cranberry sauce for dinner, and yet will not make up
a pan of biscuits for supper, because “it is wicked to work in flour on
Sunday!” This is only one of a dozen senseless ideas of the same kind.
The idea is not that any particular kind of work is in itself sinful on
this day, but that it is the day set apart for Christian worship, and you and your family desire to attend church; and, if there were no higher
principles involved, all creatures need a rest one day in seven.