This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Model CookBook" book
Two ounces ether sulphate, two ounces borax, two ounces soda, one cake ivory soap; shave soap and let dissolve in warm water, then add all the ingredients to sufficient warm water to wash curtains in. Do not rub on board, but dash up and down until they are thoroughly clean. Do not wring them, but squeeze out of the water, and hang lengthwise in a shady place. Then take a whisk broom and brush until dry. Do not go near the fire, as ether is a dangerous explosive.