This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
In washing clothes, dissolve pipe-clay in the water, a cent's worth to four gallons. It will be found to clean clothing with halt the labor, and considerably less soap, while the colors of the clothes are improved. Petroleum dissolved in the water is also of great utility, saving much of the labor and soap and yielding superior results.
Chintzes should always be washed when the weather is dry and sufficiently warm not to freeze them. If necessary to wash them in wet or very cold weather, it is better to dry by the kitchen fire than to run the risk of spoiling the colors by outdoor drying.