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The good old onion for health

When you are sick with flu or colds or otherwise try the onion remedy. On going to bed cut a onion in half and place it on the table next to your pillow The next morning you will feel better and find that the onion has turned black from drawing the virus from your body. Don't laugh try it and see.

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Scorch Marks.

Scorch Marks can be removed from linen by making a thin paste of magnesia and water, spread it over the mark. When dry the powder will brush off and should take the mark with it.

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When travelling with small children hint.

Quite the best thing to take with you when travelling with a small child is a tube of shaving cream, a damp cloth and a towel. You will find that a dab of shaving cream lathers much more easier and is much easier to pack than a piece of wet soap.

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Shiny marks when Ironing

Add several tablespoons of vinegar to the water in which your cloth is been dampened when pressing dresses or suits. This will prevent shiny surfaces from appearing.

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Softening dish cloths.

To soften dish cloths that have become hard from constant use, Add some Epsom salts to the water and soak overnight.

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Fruit Stains

To remove fruit stains wash the material in luke warm water and leave in a basin of milk overnight. Should fruit stains occur in silk, it is best to wash the material in luke warm water containing some Borax.

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Beer Stains

To remove beer stains rub with a mixture of equal parts of water and methylated spirits then iron from the side of the material.

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Heat Marks

Heat marks on polished furniture can often be removed with camphorated oil..It should be rubbed into the mark. If this does not do it, wring out a cloth in hot water and dip it first in linseed oil and then in methylated spirits. Rub it in well.

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Stains on Piano Keys

Stains on Piano Keys respond to a paste made of lemon juice and whitening.

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Fruit Stains

Fruit Stains will usually take the color out of silk, but a little ammonia applied to the marks will help to restore it.

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