Finger marks or grease on looking-glasses, window-panes, etc., can be removed if a little ammonia is added to clear water. Never use soap. A little alcohol and water rubbed on quickly and wiped dry will leave window-panes bright and shining. Mrs. Miller.
Put one tablespoonful of ammonia in one quart of hot water, dip a flannel cloth into this and wipe off the woodwork. If cleaned in this way no scrubbing will be necessary. C. H. D.
Take one pint of salt, dissolve in one-half pail of water, wash the matting twice during the summer with this and dry quickly with a soft cloth.
S. P. A.
Rub all over with a cloth dipped in milk after it has been washed in the usual way, avoiding strong soap suds as they remove the varnish.
Use ammonia almost pure, cover the spot with white blotting paper and iron lightly or rub spot with a white flannel dipped in turpentine. C.
Brush the article well to free it of all dust, then spread with a lather of castile soap, rinse this all off well, then repeat the rinsing with alum water. G. T.,
Mix together three parts of linseed oil and one part of spirits of turpentine. Apply with a woolen cloth, also rub dry with a woolen cloth. This not only covers disfigurations but restores the wood to its original color and natural brightness. Lizzie H.
Make a paste of powdered soapstone and benzine, spread it thickly ever the marble and leave it on over night, keeping it well covered to prevent evaporation, wash off with clear water, if the stains are not removed repeat the process. Whiting is sometimes used in place of the soap-stone. Prof. D.
Take a soft brush and carefully free the frames of every particle of dust, then cover with the following mixture: The white of one egg and one-half ounce of chloride of potassa. Apply with a soft brush.
The Scientific American says if you desire to cleanse gilt frames without tarnishing them, wash them in beer. G. T. H.
Choose a bright, windy day; fill the wash tub with hot suds and plunge the pillows (with feathers) in them. Put them through several waters, shaking them about briskly, then hang on the line in the open air. When perfectly dry shake well. They will be light, fresh and sweet. After they have been washed in this way, they ought to be hung out in the warm, fresh air every day for a week, but they must never be put directly in the hot sun, as the heat draws the oil out of the feathers and gives them an unpleasant odor. Jacks.
Take one or two pounds of spermaceti to every gallon of turpentine. Melt the spermaceti, then gradually add the turpentine. Polish floors with this about every four weeks, after they are thoroughly cleaned. This is an excellent polish to remove all stickiness in corners and crevices caused by the use of wax, etc.; best applied warm. Peter Fox.
For glassware, mirrors, etc., mix calcine magnesia with enough gasoline to make a liquid the consistency of cream. This will polish glass to perfection. Jay Bogart.
One-half ounce of fine crocus martis two ounces of fossil silica, one-half pound of prepared chalk. The fossil silica must be rubbed to a fine powder and mixed well with chalk. C. I.
One ounce of oxalic acid, two ounces of crocus martis, four ounces of whiting, one pint of water. Mix all together thoroughly, bottle and always shake well before using. Apply with a cloth, rub until clean, then polish dry with whiting. R. N. F.
All kitchen utensils should undergo an extra cleaning once or twice a year. This is quickly and easily done by plunging them into a boiler of strong soda water and letting them boil until all spots and blemishes are easily removed; then polish with one part of oxide of tin and three parts of whiting. Mix well, rub with the powder. A. U.
Cover the steel with olive oil; after twenty-four hours rub it with powdered unslacked lime until the rust disappears. P. Q.
Add a little soda to the scouring brick, Sapolio, or the ashes of wood or hard coal, sifted. M. Clark.
Moisten a flannel, dip in whiting and rub well or scour with Sapolio.
All glassware that one wishes to keep from cracking must be put into a dish of slightly salted cold water. Let it come to a boil slowly, then boil well, and again cool slowly, the slower the process, especially that of cooling, the more effective will be the result. C. Z.