Tuesday Life Hack: 6 useful hacks from 100 years ago

We might live in the technological age but there are so many things machines cannot do so we could always learn a thing or two from the past. Many people can’t fathom what life before cellphones was like, let alone living without electricity or some of the comforts we have come to know.  A hundred years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to do many of things you can do today but you would definitely know how to:

1. Remove foreign particles from your eye

Sometimes tiny particles get into your eye and no matter how you try to get rid of them, you still feel them in your eyes. Drop some castor oil into the corner of the eye and it should lubricate the eye. Another recommendation is washing the eye with a weak vinegar and water solution.

 

2. Tell what the weather will be

If for some strange reason you are unable to tell what the weather will be, focus on a distant cloud. If the cloud grows gradually bigger, then rainy or colder weather is imminent, if it decreases in size then it should be a fine day.

 

3. Pick up broken glass

Want to pick up broken glass effectively and quickly? Use a soft damp cloth as it picks up all the splinters. Make sure it’s a cloth you can throw away.

 

4. Make sure coloured clothes don’t run

To prevent your colour on your clothes from running into other clothes, soak them in salt water, a double handful of salt for every 3 litres of water should do trick. Soak the clothes overnight and this should prevent them from running.

5. Preserve eggs

Fresh eggs can be preserved by putting them into a box or tin of dry salt. All you have to do is bury the eggs in the dry salt and keep it in a cool place. No air must be allowed to enter the box or reach the shells.

 

6. Extract a splinter from your hand

Removing a splinter from your hand can be a painful endeavour. Luckily the people of yester year had some solutions for this extraction. Fill a wide-mouthed bottle with hot water to the brim. Press the affected part of the hand tightly against the mouth of the bottle, the suction will pull down the flesh and steam will draw out the splinter.

 

 

 

  AUTHOR
Caxton Central

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