9 old-fashioned practical pieces of advice that are still very useful!
Recently, the New York Public Library digitized and showed about a hundred “How to Do It” cards. They present truly useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. At first, this trivia was used by cigarette manufacturers to add strength to their packs and help them last longer, but quickly it also became an interesting marketing trick to increase sales. So the Gallaher’s Cigarettes company printed a special series with them. Today we will present you some of that tips, that haven't aged at all!
1. How to pick up broken glass
Probably, many of us have accidentally broken a cup or plate. The most important in such situations is not to cut yourself. What should we do according to the card? "To pick up broken glass quickly and cleanly, a soft damp cloth will be found to be most effective, for it takes up all the small splinters. The best plan is to use an old piece of rag that can be thrown away with the glass".
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2. How to clean new boots
If you have ever thought that it is difficult to polish your new boots, forget about this problem because all you need is a half a lemon. This is what the card says: "A successful method is to rub the boots over with half a lemon, allow them to dry, after which they will easily polish, although occasionally it may be found necessary to repeat the application of the lemon juice."
3. How to remove a tight ring from the finger
Of course, we do not persuade you to cheat, but in some cases when your finger hurts because of the too small ring, this advice might be very helpful. It says: "To remove a tight ring from the finger without pain or trouble, the finger should be first well lathered with soap. It will then be found that unless the joints are swollen the ring can easily be taken off. If however, the finger and joints are swollen, a visit to the jeweller is advisable."
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4. A hint when boiling potatoes
Probably every cook has their own way to make potatoes. This one is old but still worth to consider. "To make potatoes dry and floury when cooked, add to water when boiling them a pinch of sugar as well as salt. When potatoes are done, water should be poured away and saucepan replaced over the fire for a short time, shaking the saucepan occasionally to ensure equal dryness of potatoes."
5. How to preserve valuable vases
If you have some valuable glass and vases at home that are inherited you want to protect them at all cost. But there is a very cheap and useful tip that will help you with it. "If the following precaution is taken, the danger of knocking over a valuable vase will not be so great. Partly fill the vase with sand, which, acting as a weight, keeps it upright and firm on its base. This idea is particularly useful in the case of vases which are inclined to be top heavy, owing to their having small bases".
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6. How to clean real lace
Our grandmothers probably have used them more often, but nowadays lace is also used, for example, as decoration. That's why it is worth to know how to take care of them. We can read on the card: "To clean real lace, lay the lace on a sheet of blue or white tissue paper, and well cover with powder of calcined magnesia. Cover with more paper and place under a weight for a few days. The lace will be found to be quite clean after shaking out the powder, and the most delicate texture remains uninjured".
7. How to revive cut flowers
Every woman loves to receive flowers, although it is sad when they die. That's why you should try and remember this advice: "To revive choice blooms that have faded during transit, plunge the stems into hot water, and allow them to remain until the water has cooled. By that time the flowers will have revived. The ends of the stems should then be cut off and the blossoms placed in cold water in the usual way".
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8. How to separate glass tumblers
Probably more than once you have collected glasses after a party and put one into another. But if they are glass, you can easily break them by separating them. But there is a trick for that too. "When two glass tumblers stick together there is a danger of breakage in trying to separate them. The simplest and most effective method of releasing the glasses is to put cold water in the upper one and place the lower one in warm water. They will be found to separate at once."
9. How to cut new bread into thin slices
Nowadays there are special machines or kitchen devices that can help you in such situations. But if you are making bread by yourself, you might find this interesting. "The difficulty of cutting new bread into thin slices can readily be overcome by the following expedient. Plunge the bread knife into hot water and when thoroughly hot wipe quickly. It will be found that the heated knife will cut soft, yielding new bread into the thinnest slices."