The Ladies’ Receipt Book was a column in The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine that gave advice to women on all kinds of household matters. Here’s an extract:
Put a chafing-dish, with some lighted charcoal, into a close room, or large box; then strew an ounce or two of powdered brimstone on the hot coals. Hang the articles in the room, or box, make the door fast, and let them hang some hours. Fine colored woolens are thus sulphured before dyed, and straw bonnets are thus bleached.
To half a pint of milk, put an equal quantity of vinegar, in order to curdle it; then separate the curd from the whey, and mix the whey with the whites of four or five eggs, beating the whole well together. When it is well mixed, add a little quick lime, through a sieve, until it has acquired the consistency of a thick paste. With this cement, broken vessels, and cracks of all kinds, may be mended. It dries quickly, and resists the action of fire and water.
Boil a calf’s foot in four quarts of river water, till it is reduced to half the quantity; add half a pound of rice, and boil it with crumb of white bread steeped in milk, a pound of fresh butter, and the whites of five fresh eggs; mix with them a small quantity of camphor and alum; and distil the whole. These ingredients are best distilled by being put in a bottle, and placed in boiling water. Eau de Veau is used as a wash to soften the skin.
Take of calomel (or submuriate of mercury;) precipitated sulphuret of antimony, each one scruple; powder of gum guaiacum, two scruples; Spanish soap, as much as will be sufficient to form into twenty pills, which are to be taken night and morning.
The Ladies’ pocket magazine, 1829