23 Clever Life Hacks From 100 Year Ago That Surprisingly Still Work

These 23 life hacks prove that this is no knew phenomenon.

People were learning to get by for hundreds of years before the internet existed and began talking about them.

From splinters to filtering water, here are 23 life hacks that have been around before you were born. I personally like the lighting match in the wind hack….. oh and how to stop a mad dog!

1. How To Extract A Splinter


Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle.

The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.

2. How To Fell A Tree


Have decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown.

When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.

3. Keeping Plants Watered While Away


Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical.

Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom.

Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot.

4. How To Light A Match In The Wind


The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture.

On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.

5. How To Make A Chair To Cross A Stream 


Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank.

Make the chair, fasten it to a running look or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.

6. How To Make A Fire Extinguisher


Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each.

Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.

7. How To Make A Water Filter


A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted.

The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.

8. How To Preserve Eggs


Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period.

No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.

9. How To Stop A Mad Dog


A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown.

The dog invariably endeavors to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.

10. Boiling eggs


Cracked eggs can be boiled without their innards spilling out. Simply add vinegar to the water being used to hard-boil eggs.

Adding vinegar to the water helps the proteins in the egg-white coagulate faster. This plugs the cracks.

11. How To Kill A Tree Stump


If a tree stump is not removed from the ground, it often starts sprouting, and strong undergrowth results. To prevent this, holes should be bored in top of stump, and a patch of marl cut from side and more holes bored there.

A mixture of solignum and salt filled into these holes will soak through the tree stump and kill it.

12. How To Make Corks Fit


It may happen that the cork is slightly too large for the bottle you wish to fit.

Do not pare cork down with a knife; a better method is shown in picture above. Roll cork under sole of foot, exerting a steady pressure.

This will be found to reduce size of cork without injuring the smooth surface.

13. How To Measure With Coins


It is sometimes useful to know that half-a-crown equals half an ounce in weight, and three pennies weigh on ounce.

A half-penny measures one inch in diameter; half-crown an inch and a quarter, and a sixpence three quarters of an inch in diameter.

14. How To Clean An Oil Painting


The picture shows a very effective method. Painting should first be well dusted and then rubbed gently with a flat surface of a cut raw potato, the lather being wiped away with a soft rag.

Dirty part of potato must be constantl be pared off in order to keep clean the surface applied to the picture. FInish off with a rub of pine linseed oil.

15. How To Cool Wine Without Ice


If no ice is available for cooling wine, a good method is to wrap the bottle in flannel and place it in a crock beneath the cold water tap.

Allow the water to run over it, as show in the picture, and in about ten minutes the wine will be thoroughly cool and ready for the table.

16. How To Separate Glass Tumblers


When two glass tumblers stick together there is a danger of breakage in trying to separate them.

The simplest and most effective method of releasing the glasses is to put cold water in the upper one and place the lower one in warm water. They will be found to separate at once.

17. How To Pull Out Long Nails


How to do it


18. How To Make a Simple Gate Latch


How to do it


19. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes


How to do it


20. How To Detect Escaping Gas


How to do it


21. How To Preserve Valuable Vases


How to do it


22. How to make water fountain for dog / cat

23. How to test butter

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