The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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briskly without ceasing until cold. A good lip salve; sore nipples; for the face and hands.
A valuable Disinfectant.—Put into a stone jar a handful each of worm-wood, lavender, mint, sage and rosemary, and pour on them a gallon of the best cider vinegar. Set it in a warm place and let it stand for 8 days, then strain it off and to every pint put 3-4 oz. of spirits of wine and camphor. Rub the temples and loins with this preparation, when exposed to contagion, before going out in the morning; wash the mouth with it, snuff some up the nostrils and carry a small sponge dipped in it to smell occasionally, on visiting where there is any danger of infection. To those who are not op­posed to the odor, garlic and assafoetida may be added.
Pine Tar a Valuable Disinfectant.—Pine tar is not only a val­uable, powerful disinfectant, but most healthful for man and beast. To use it for man or horses, take a kettle with wood coals and cover the same with the parings of horses' hoofs, or the horns of cattle broken up ; when burning well, pour a little pine tar over the whole and carry the kettle through the different rooms, or set it where you choose.
Onions as a Disinfectant.—Onions placed in the room where there is small pox, will blister and decompose rapidly ; besides this, they will prevent the spread of the disease. As a disinfectant they have no equal, when properly used; but keep them out of the stomach, no one should eat onions that attends or is about small pox patients.
Pure Air is the best disinfectant.
To destroy the odor of carbolic acid on the hands, rub them with flaxseed meal,a little dampened. Ground mustard and water will also deodorize it. Cod liver oil bottles may be purified in the same way.
the sick room.
The sun's rays should penetrate every part of a house as nearly as possible, by opening the windows, especially the bedrooms. If there is no sunshine, let the breeze penetrate and cleanse away the stagnant air.
Flowers and herbs should be excluded from a bed or sick room.
Atmosphere of a Sick Room.—Slice onions in saucers and set them in the room and they will absorb all the bad air. Renew them often and keep the air pure.