This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
It is very important that beds are properly aired every day. The most effectual way to do this is to throw the clothes over a chair, and lift the mattress partly over the footboard. If a feather bed is used, pull it off upon a chair. Then open the windows and door so that a current of air can pass through the room, and let it remain so for several hours. Beds thus aired are always healthful, and will induce sound sleep in their occupants. Each member of the family should be taught to do this daily, boys as well as girls. They will reap the benefit of it through their lives, and be sure to have their children trained in the same way.
A bed that is aired only occasionally will contract impurities from the body and cannot be fresh and sweet. Some persons hang the pillows out of the window, and this is an excellent plan if the dust is first brushed off the sill.
"Attend," says a wise French writer, " as much to neatness as you do to economy. Accustom girls never to suffer anything about them to be unclean or in disorder; lead them to notice the slightest derangement in a house; say to them that nothing contributes more to economy and neatness than keeping things in their proper place. This may seem trifling, yet it leads to very important consequences; for then when anything is wanted there will be no difficulty in finding it, and when it is done with it will be returned to the place from which it was taken. This exact order forms the most essential part of neatness. For instance, a dish will not be soiled or broken if it is put in its proper place as soon as it has been used. The carefulness which makes us place things in order makes us keep them clean. Joined to all these advantages is that of giving to domestics a habit of neatness and activity by obliging them to place things in order and keep them clean."
Dust is a constant enemy of domestic comfort, and is a great destroyer of furniture. Inhaled into the lungs it becomes one of the sources of disease. Miss Nightingale remarks, with great truth : "Dusting in these days means nothing but flapping the dust from one part of a room to another, with doors and windows closed." A damp but not wet duster will alone remove dust without scattering it.