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iron, lay on a table, and brush it with a soft brush or cloth.
TO CLEAN RIBBONS.
Dissolve white soap in boiling water; when cool enough to bear the
hand, pass the ribbons through it, rubbing gently, so as not to injure
the texture; rinse through lukewarm water and pin on a board to dry.
If the colors are bright yellow, maroon, crimson or scarlet, add a few
drops of oil of vitriol to the rinse water; if the color is bright
scarlet, add to the rinse water a few drops of muriate of tin.
TO TAKE OUT PAINT.
Equal parts of ammonia and spirits of turpentine will take paint out
of clothing. Saturate the spot two or three times, and then wash out
TO REMOVE INK STAIN.
Immediately saturate with milk, soak it up with a rag, apply more, rub
well, and in a few minutes the ink will disappear.
TO TAKE GREASE OUT
of silk, woolens, paper, floors, etc., grate chalk thick over the
spot, cover with brown paper, set on it a hot flatiron and let it
remain until cool; repeat if necessary. The iron must not be so hot as
to burn paper or cloth.
Colored cottons or woolens stained with wine or fruit should be wet in
alcohol and ammonia, then sponged off gently (not rubbed) with
alcohol; after that, if the material will warrant it, washed in tepid
soapsuds. Silk may be wet with this preparation when injured by these
TO REMOVE IRON RUST.
While rinsing clothes, take such as have spots of iron, wring out, dip
a wet finger in oxalic acid and rub on the spot, then dip in salt and
rub on and hold on a warm flatiron, and the spot will immediately
disappear; rinse again, rubbing the place a little with the hands.
TO TAKE OUT MILDEW.
Wet the cloth and rub on soap and chalk, mixed together, and lay in
the sun; or, lay the cloth in buttermilk for a short time, take out
and place in the hot sun; or, put lemon juice on and treat in the same
TO WASH WOOLEN GOODS.
Many woolen goods, such as light-colored, heavy sacques, nubias, etc.,
may be washed in cold suds and rinsed in cold water. The garments
should be well shaken out and pulled into shape.
TO WASH FLANNELS IN TEPID WATER.
The usefulness of liquid ammonia is not as universally known among
housewives as it deserves to be. If you add some of it to a soapsuds
made of a mild soap it will prevent the flannel from becoming yellow
or shrinking. It is the potash and soda combined in sharp soap which
tend to color animal fibers yellow; the shrinking may be partially due
to this agency, but above all to the exposure of the flannel while wet
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