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TO TAKE OUT SCORCH.
If a shirt bosom or any other article has been scorched in ironing,
lay it where bright sunshine will fall directly on it. It will
entirely remove it.
Take one ounce of Prussian blue, one-half ounce of oxalic acid;
dissolve in one quart of perfectly soft rain water. Insert a quill
through the cork of the bluing bottle to prevent waste or putting too
much in clothes and you will be pleased with the result. One or two
tablespoons of it is sufficient for a tub of water, according to the
size of the tub. Chinese blue is the best and costs twelve and a half
cents an ounce, and the acid will cost three cents.
Make a paste of two tablespoons best starch and cold water; when
smooth stir in a pint of perfectly clear coffee, boiling hot; boil
five or ten minutes. Stir with a spermaceti or wax candle. Strain and
use for all dark calicoes, percales, and muslins.
Have a clean pan or kettle on stove with one quart boiling water, into
which stir three heaping tablespoons flour, previously mixed smooth in
a little cold water; stir steadily until it boils and thereafter
enough to keep from burning. Boil about five minutes, and strain,
while hot, through a crash towel. The above quantity is enough for one
dress, and will make it nice and stiff.
TO MAKE FINE STARCH.
Wet the starch smooth in a little cold water in a large tin pan, pour
on a quart of boiling water to two or three tablespoons of starch,
stirring rapidly all the while; place on stove, stir until it boils
and then occasionally. Boil from five to fifteen minutes, or until the
starch is perfectly clear. Some add a little salt or butter or pure
lard or stir with a sperm candle; others add a teaspoon of kerosene to
one quart of starch. This prevents the stickiness sometimes so
annoying in ironing.
Cold starch is made from starch dissolved in cold water, being careful
not to have it too thick. Since it rots the clothes, it is not
advisable to use it.
ENAMEL FOR SHIRT BOSOMS.
Melt together, with a gentle heat, one ounce white wax and two ounces
spermaceti. Prepare in the usual way a sufficient quantity of starch
for a dozen shirt bosoms, put into it a piece of this enamel the size
of a hazelnut. This will give your clothes a beautiful polish.
TO CLEAN ARTICLES MADE OF WHITE ZEPHYR.
Rub in flour or magnesia, changing often. Shake off and hang in the
open air a short time.
HOW TO CLEAN VELVET.
Invert a hot flatiron, place over it a single thickness of wet cotton
cloth, lay on this the velvet (wrong side next the wet cloth), rub
gently with a dry cloth until the pile is well raised, take off the
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