Winter and summer clothes should never be kept in the same receptacle. At the end of each season they should be looked over, and what is unfit for future use, given away or otherwise disposed of. The remaining things should be well shaken, hung some hours in the open air to freshen, well brushed, carefully repaired if necessary, and put away for the next year.
Articles which require dyeing, washing, or cleaning should be either sent to the cleaners, or washed at home if this is sufficient. All cotton materials should be washed to extract any starch which, if left in, would cause the fabric to rot.
SILK DRESSES, after being worn, should be spread on a table and carefully wiped all over with a clean soft cloth.
MUSLIN AND COTTON DRESSES should be loosely folded and put away in a drawer; if suspended, they are liable to lose their crispness and become limp and draggled in appearance.
COATS keep in better shape if hung on wooden suspenders, which can be purchased at 1 3/4d. each. Hanging by a loop at the collar is apt to make them set badly.
BODICES, BLOUSES, AND WAISTCOATS should be neatly folded, keeping them straight, and laid singly, if possible, in a deep drawer, or on a wardrobe-shelf, with tissue-paper or thin muslin placed on them.
SKIRTS should have two loops at equal distances, and the waist should be hooked. If each loop is hung on a separate peg, the skirt will be equally balanced, and no part will become tumbled, or the "hang" spoiled.
One skirt should never be hung over another or inside out, as either of these treatments results in an untidy garment.
For keeping best skirts, thin muslin bags which fasten down the front may be used.
All clothes should, if wet, be well dried, as damp is the surest cause of mildew and creases.
MEN'S GARMENTS should be folded carefully. Trousers should be shaken, pulled out lengthwise, and well brushed. The use of "stretchers," or folding them in clean paper under a mattress, preserves them from becoming "baggy" at the knees.
Light, air, and dust all tend to turn men's black hats brown. Before and after use they should be well brushed with a soft narrow brush, which can easily enter the space between the head and the brim. The rough appearance, caused by partial wetting in a shower, may be removed if the damp is made uniform by dipping a hat-brush in cold water, shaking it well, then lightly passing it gently round the hat the way of the nap.
Bulges or indentations may be removed by steaming the hat over a jug of boiling water, and then, with a very small hot iron, pressing out the hollow from inside.
A hot brush renovates the gloss of a hat which, through use, has become dull.
Ammonia is useful for removing grease; a flannel being dipped in a solution of ammonia and water, and gently passed over the soiled surface.