For method of making, see starch experiments, Chapter VIII (Cereal Products). The starch must be perfectly smooth, and should be stirred while it is boiling for a few minutes, and strained. Proportions.
1. For lingerie, 1 teaspoonful of starch to 1 quart water.
2. For medium fabrics, 1 1/2 to 3 tablespoonfuls starch to 1 quart water.
3. For stiff work, 5 tablespoonfuls starch to 1 quart water.
The ironing process is the most difficult art in laundering, and requires good tools, practice, and patience. In the summer it is an exhausting labor unless an electric or gas iron is available. Much energy may be saved in hot weather by omitting the ironing of certain articles. Dish towels, even toilet towels, and soft underwear may be stretched and folded, and are perfectly comfortable to use. 2b
Some women who do their own work even fold sheets and pillow cases without ironing.
The smoothing of the fabric is accomplished by heated irons, or by pressing between rollers in a mangle.
The essential steps in laundering are: the forcing of clear water through the fabric; loosening of the soil and stains by soap and appropriate chemicals, sterilization by boiling temperature, drying and sweetening in the air if possible. The less essential are bluing, starching, and in some cases ironing.