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.
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.
An easy way to perform this is to stretch the glove in some way as on the open hand, and rub it carefully with moistened flannel, having first placed a little powdered soap on the flannel. After the dirt has been thus removed, the glove should be dried by rubbing-with dry flannel.
To clean ladies' kid boots, dip a rag in almond oil and remove all the mud, drying as you go, and never leaving the leather moist. Polish with a clean rag and more oil. The dulness left by this process may be removed by rubbing with the palm of the hand. Kid may be both cleaned and preserved in this manner.