While rinsing clothes, take such as have spots of rust, wring out, dip a wet finger in oxalic acid, and rub on the spot, then dip in salt and rub on, and hold on a warm flatiron, or on the tin or copper teakettle if it have hot water in it, and the spot will immediately disappear; rinse again, rubbing the place a little with the hands.
- For the removal of spots on furniture, cloth, silks, and other fabrics, when the color is not drawn, without injury: One ounce castile soap, four of aqua ammonia, one of glycerine, and one of spirits of wine; dissolve the soap in two quarts soft water, add the other ingredients, apply with a soft sponge, and rub out. - A. Peabody, Cincinnati, 0.
Mix sifted stale breadcrumbs with powder blue, and rub it thoroughly all over, then shake it well and dust it well with clean, soft cloths. Afterwards where there are any gold or silver flowers, take a piece of crimson ingrain velvet, and rub the flowers with it, which will restore them to their original luster.
For Washing Goods that Fade, use crude ammonia instead of soap Soiled neckties may be made to look like new by taking one-half a teaspoon of spirits of hortshorn to a tea-cup of water; wash well, and, if very much soiled, put through a second water, with less ammonia in. Lay it on a clean, white cloth, and gently wipe with another until dry.
Dissolve white soap in boiling water; when cool enough to bear the hand, pass the ribbons through it, rubbing gently so as not to injure the texture; rinse through lukewarm water, and pin on a board to dry. If the colors are bright yellow, maroon, crimson, or scarlet, add a few drops of oil of vitriol to the rinse-water; if the color is bright scarlet, add to the rinse-water a few drops of the muriate of tin.
Brown Linen - May be kept looking new until worn out if always washed in starch-water and hay tea. Make flour starch in the ordinary way. For one dress put on the stove a common sized milk pan full of timothy hay, pour on water, cover, and boil until the water is of a dark green color, then turn into the starch, let the goods soak in it a few minutes, and wash with-out soap; the starch will clean the fabric and no rinsing is necessary.
Wash in warm, not hot, suds, made with soft water and best white soap, if it is to be had. Do not soak them, and wash only one thing at a time. Change the suds as soon as it looks dingy, and put the garments at once into fresh suds. Rinse first in clear water, then in slightly blued. Squeeze quite dry, but don't wring the dress. Hang in a shady place where the sunshine will not strike it, as that fades all colors.
Cover a bottle with white flannel, baste the lace carefully on the flannel, and rub with white soap; place the bottle in a jar filled with warm suds, let remain two or three days, changing the water several times, and boil with the finest white clothes on washing day; when cooled a little, rinse several times in plenty of cold water, wrap a soft, dry towel around it, and place it in the sun; when dry, unwind, but do not starch.
Black Print or Percale Dresses, that have figures of white in them, may be washed nicely by putting them in the " boiling suds," after the other clothes have all been removed, and boiling for ten minutes; cool the suds, rub out quickly, rinse in lukewarm water, then in very blue cold water, and starch in coffee starch. After the dress is dried, it is to be dipped into cold water, passed through the wringer, rolled in a coarse towel or sheet and left for a couple of hours, then ironed on the wrong side.