- To make the starch properly, mix the dry particles with enough cold water to make a smooth paste, add cold water until it looks like milk and water, and boil it in a smoothly glazed earthen vessel until it is perfectly transparent. While it is cooling squeeze the laces through a soap-suds, and rinse them in clear water. If you wish them clear white, add a little bluing; if ivory white, omit the bluing, and if yellow-tinged add a few teaspoons clear coffee to the starch. Run through the starch, squeeze, roll up in towels, and clap each piece separately until dry: pull gently into shape, from time to time, with the fingers, and pin on +he ironing table or bosom-board or upon the pillows in the "spare" bedroom. When dry, press between tissue paper with a hot iron, punch the openings with an ivory stiletto, and pick each pearl or loop on the edge with a coarse pin until it looks like new lace.
Lawn and Muslin Dresses that have faded may be whitened in the boiling suds, and bleached on the grass, and, when done up, are quite as pretty as dresses made of new white material. Delicate hued muslin and cambric dresses may be washed nicely by the following process: Shave half a pound of common hard soap into a gallon of boiling water; let it melt, turn it into a tub of lukewarm water; stir a quart of wheat bran into a second tub of lukewarm water, and have ready a third tub with clear water; put the dress into the first tub of suds, rub gently, or rather "souse" it up and down, and squeeze it out, treat it the same in the tub of bran water; rinse, dry and dip in starch made the same as for shirts; dry again, and then rinse thoroughly in clear water; dry again, and sprinkle with a whisk-broom or sprinkler; roll up in a thick cloth while the iron gets hot, and iron with them as hot as they can be used without scorching the dress. By taking a clear day, it is little trouble to do several dresses in a few hours.