Grease Spots On Wall Paper

Grease Spots On Wall Paper may be removed by mixing pipe-clay or fuller's earth (an old clay pipe may be ground fine and used,) with water to a paste. Lay on the spot, let remain all night, in the morning remove with a knife or brush.

Grease Spots On Floors

Grease Spots On Floors may be scoured perfectly clean by the use of strong pearlash water or sal-soda. Mix this with sand if the spot is very large.

Broken Places

Broken Places in Walls may be filled with a mixture of white sand and plaster of Paris made into a paste with a little water. Cover over with a bit of paper to match that on the wall.

Smoked Ceilings

Smoked Ceilings that have been blackened by a kerosene lamp may be washed off with soda water.

How To Remove Paint

To Remove Paint and putty stains from window glass, dip a wet cloth in baking soda and rub the paste thus made thinly over the glass. Let remain fifteen minutes, and wash in warm, soft water, without soap. This will bring all the stains with it. Rub dry and polish.


Wash the window glass with hot, sharp vinegar; this will remove mortar and paint.

Grained wood work should be washed with cold tea.

Oiled and varnished woods should be simply wiped with a flannel cloth wrung out of warm, soft water.

Painted Wood-Work

Painted Wood-Work may be washed with a few drops of ammonia in the water used. Put 1 teaspoonful of ammonia in a quart of warm soap-suds, dip in a flannel cloth; apply rather lightly but rapidly; dust and specks will all disappear.


Dip a flannel cloth in warm soap-suds and then in whiting; applied to paint, this will instantly remove grease and soil of every description; wipe off with clear water. Delicate paints will not be injured but look like new.

How To Wash Windows

To Wash Windows take a little spirits of ammonia on a sponge, rub over the glass touching every part of the pane, then rub briskly with a piece of soft paper; this does away with soap and water and leaves the glass brighter.


Dip a damp cloth in whiting, and rub on the glass; rub to get off all dirt, then let it dry on; after which tub with a dry cloth; it is nice for nickel-plating and knives and forks. This method is also useful for show cases and mirrors.

The floor may be cleaned next, with water containing ammonia or soap. . Simply wipe off, scrubbing is not necessary on floors protected by carpets.

Wipe the floor carefully a second time. A handful of borax in this water will act preventive of moths.


Carpets may now, when the floor is perfectly dry, be returned to the room carefully stretched and tacked in place. Use carpet-lining paper, or two or three layers of newspapers, though some adhere to the old fashion of putting straw under carpets.

Moths in carpets must be carefully guarded against when carpets are laid. Borax water is good and should be used. Lay the carpet down, turn the edges back, sprinkle salt or black pepper and turn the edges back and tack firmly.

Heavy carpets do not require to be taken up every year; remove tacks from these, fold the edges back, wash about a foot of the floor all around in strong soap-suds with a tablespoonful of borax dissolved in 1 quart of water. When dry dust with insect powder and re-tack.


Lay a damp cloth quite wide and wet along the edges of the carpet while on the floor, and iron dry; the steam will kill both moths and eggs. This will answer for any style of carpeting.