MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

Simple Burn Remedies

by Arwen O'Reilly Griffith

For those of us who get distracted at just the wrong moment in the kitchen or workshop, here are two more handy tips I picked up from an old, out-of-print book of "household helps":

A Good Remedy for Burns: Cover a soft cloth with a thick layer or scraped raw potato and apply it to the burned part. The potato should be renewed as often as necessary to keep it moist.

For Burns and Light Scalds: At once coat the burned or scalded spot with mucilage and the smarting will cease almost instantly. If the burn is quite deep, keep it covered with a paste made of cold water and flour; do not allow the paste to get dry until the smarting stops.