Prevent Bedwetting with Honey, Eliminate Slugs with Wood Ash, Control Garden Insects with Garlic, and More Country Lore

Move appliances more easily with cooking oil, sprout seeds to determine which are fertile, car-starter fluid in lawn mowers poses an explosion hazard, keep animals out of the garden with dog hair, make a catalytic wood stove more efficient, reduce fat in cooked beef by rinsing, clean paint from trim with furniture polish, and more tips from MOTHER's readers.

| April/May 1992

  • Spoonful Of Honey
    The many health benefits of honey include one surprise: a spoonful before bedtime may help children keep from wetting the bed.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/GEORGI NACHEV

  • Spoonful Of Honey

Honey Helps Prevent Bedwetting

I am currently the caretaker of my grandfather's land and household. Among the other joys of being in the country, I had the opportunity to learn about my grandfather's passion—beekeeping—and the many health benefits that honey offers. I discovered one of the most surprising uses for honey when my young children were having problems with bedwetting.

Honey, being hydroscopic, is able to absorb and condense moisture. It acts in two ways: first, as a sedative to the nervous system (and nervousness is nearly always present in children who wet the bed at night), and second, to attract and hold fluid during the sleeping hours. The regular dosage should be approximately one tablespoon, but very young children will do fine with a teaspoon.
— Bonnie Roycewicz, Fort Anne, New York  

Use Cooking Oil to Move Appliances More Easily

When spring cleaning involves getting behind and under such large appliances as the washer, dryer, or refrigerator, rub some cooking oil in front of the casters and give a little pull. 
— N.M. McGee, Daly City, California 

Find Fertile Seed by Sprouting

To ensure that fertile seed is planted in your garden, soak them overnight in water, then wrap them in damp newspaper (making sure to spread the seeds out), place them in a plastic bag, and put them in a warm, dark spot in the house. After about seven to 10 days, unwrap the seeds, and the ones that are sprouted can be planted in the garden. It's important, though, to plant them as quickly as possible after sprouting.
—David E. Hottle, Mansfield, Ohio  

Use Garlic-Oil Spray for Pesticide-Free Insect Control

This summer, nearly half of my garden's Fava bean crop would have been destroyed had it not been for the above normal population of ants in and around my garden. They completely exterminated an aphid attack before any irreversible damage was done. Just a reminder of nature's help to all pesticide users; especially non-selective pesticide users. If you still need some additional assistance, try a garlic-oil spray. Some researchers say it can inhibit protein synthesis in larvae, others say it suppresses the respiratory metabolism.



Here's one formula: Soak three ounces of chopped garlic in two teaspoons of mineral oil for 24 hours. Slowly add a pint of water dissolved in 1/4 ounce of oil-based soap (such as Palmolive), and stir well. Store in glass to prevent reaction with metals. Use one part to 20 parts of water to begin with, then 1 to 100 thereafter. Apply as a spray to foliage. Also, try evenly dispersing garlic plants throughout your whole garden.
—Chad E. Miebach, Chinle, Arizona  

Car-Starter Fluid in Lawn Mowers Poses Explosion Hazard

Without exception, Country Lore is my husband's and my favorite portion of the magazine and we have put many of the ideas to daily use. However, one of the letters in the Country Lore section of the October/November issue almost gave my husband a heart attack.






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