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These Household Tricks Are More Than 100 Years Old, But Few People Have Heard of Them

You might have already noticed that we at Bright Side are very fond of various tricks that allow us to simplify everyday life. Fortunately, there's a wide variety of such advice.

This time we tried tricks that pass the real test of time: they were printed in newspapers in the 1900s. We gladly share the best of them with you.

How to detect a gas leak

A gas leak is a deadly thing, so it's important to notice and eliminate it in time. If you sense a characteristic smell, apply a soap solution to the gas pipe. The place where the leak is will immediately show up as large bubbles will form around it.

Remove glass shards with a cloth

Even a vacuum cleaner can leave small glass shards on the floor, and these can hurt someone. It's much more effective to wipe the floor with a wet cloth you can throw away.

Sand will give your vase stability

Not every vase is meant for flowers. Many of these ceramic products become a beautiful but fragile decoration. To make your vase more stable, simply pour sand into it. However, if the vase does break, you already know what to do (see above tip).

A quick way to get rid of a splinter

There's a more effective way to remove a splinter than using a needle or tweezers. Fill a glass jar with boiling water almost to the top, and firmly press the area with the splinter to the top of it. It will gradually pull back the skin and remove the splinter.

Quickly chill wine without a fridge

Just wrap the bottle with a towel, and put it in a container with cold running water. It's desirable that during the process the water constantly runs on the bottle. The liquid will cool down much faster than in the fridge.

How to cut fresh bread into thin slices

Delicious fresh bread has one obvious drawback: it's difficult to slice nicely because the crust crumbles and breaks under the pressure of a knife. A kettle with boiling water, standing next to the loaf, will simplify the task. The steam will soften the crust, and you can slice the bread as thinly as possible.

An incised match is more difficult to blow out

It's not difficult to light a match, but it's difficult to keep the flame alive. In order to prevent accidental drafts or breezes from blowing it out, you can make incisions toward the sulfur head before lighting it. The flame will be stronger, and it will be more difficult to blow out.

Ammonia fire extinguisher

Caught up with match experiments? No problem. Now you can try to make a fire extinguisher. You should mix 700g (24.7 oz) of salt, 350g (12.3 oz) of ammonium chloride (sal ammoniac), and about 1.5 liters (50 fl.oz) of water. Pour the resulting mixture into glass bottles - they should be thrown into the fire.

How to pull out long nails

Anyone who has already tried to pull out a long nail with pliers knows how difficult this task is. Metal products bend and get stuck halfway. However, this task will be much easier if we place a small wooden bar under the pliers.

How to separate glasses

Glasses that are stored inside each other very often stick together. To simplify the process of separation, pour cold water into the upper glass, and place the lower one above a container with boiling water. Thanks to the steam, the lower glass will slightly widen, and you'll be able to separate it from the upper one.

How to keep a flower without water and light

You can keep flowers fresh without water for a week or more using potatoes. Simply put the ends of flower stems into a potato tuber. Then you can safely pack and send the flowers to your loved ones.

How to tell butter from margarine

It's almost impossible to tell butter from margarine at a glance. However, your sense of smell can help you. To do this, rub a small amount of the product onto a piece of paper, and set it on fire. The smell of burning butter is appetizing and sweet, while margarine smells nasty and a bit like roasted lard.

Illustrated by Victor Senin for Bright Side
Based on materials from Digital Public Library of America