Handy Home Hints.

By Alison August 21, 2005 2 Comments 2 Min Read

From Mrs Bakers Book For Housewives.


Eat slowly and you will not overeat.


Persons very commonly complain of indigestion; how can it be wondered at, when they seem, by their habit of swallowing their food wholesale, to forget for what purpose they are provided with teeth.


Keeping the feet warm will tend to prevent headaches.


People in general are not aware how very essential to the health of the inmates is the free admission of light into their houses. for ventilation open your windows both at the top and bottom.The fresh air rushes in at the bottom, while the foul escapes at the top. This is letting in your friend and expelling the enemy.


Thick curtains closely drawn around the bed, are very injurious, because they not only confine the exhalations thrown off from our bodies whilst in bed, but interrupt the current of pure air. Feather bed should be opened every third year, the ticking well dusted, soaped and waxed , the feathers, dressed and returned.


Blankets when not in use, should be neatly folded and place under a bed that is being slept on. If they are placed in drawers or cupboards, they should be looked at every now and then to free them from moths, which may be done by shaking them in the open air.


There is much more injury done by admitting visitors to invalids than is generally supposed.


When reading by candlelight, place the candle behind you, that the rays may pass over your shoulder onto the book. This will relieve your eyes.


In the case of accident or sudden illness the great thing is to attend to the sufferer without fuss or excitement. It is always best to err on the safe side and send for the doctor at once.


Much knowledge can be obtained by the good housewife observing how things are managed in well regulated families. Regularity in the payment of accounts is essential to housekeeping. All tradesman’s bill should be paid weekly, for then any errors can be detected whilst the errors are fresh in the memory.



  1. Maureen says:

    Can someone explain to me how I can read with a candle behind me so that the rays of light come over my shoulder ? Should I sit on the floor with the candle on the table ? 🙂

  2. Alison says:

    And live in fear of your hair catching light???
    Goodness knows.

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