To preserve wash-tubs, do not put water inside the tub when the washing is done, but turn it bottom side up and cover the bottom with water. It will be found that it prevents the staves spreading apart at the top.
To clean the rollers of a wringer, rub with kerosene oil.
To make a clothes-line pliable, boil an hour or two before you use it. Let it dry in a warm room, and do not let it kink.
As soon as the ironing is done for the day the flat-irons should be taken off the stove. To leave them on without using takes the temper out of them.
To clean smoothing-irons, Mrs. L. V. Humble, Clinton, Louisiana, says: While hot, rub them on green cedar.
Flannels may be washed either in warm or cold water. Soap may be used on them as on other clothes. Rinse in water, the same temperature as the wash-water. Put through the wringer and hang up. It is better to take them from the line before they are quite dry, and roll up for ironing. In case they become entirely dry, roll them up in dampened cloths instead of sprinkling the flannels directly. With these cautions heeded, flannels need not be shrunken in washing.
Dissolve one-half bar of soap in water. Then add 1 tablespoon borax and 2 of ammonia. Add the mixture to a sufficient quantity of water (already softened with 1 tablespoon borax) to cover 2 blankets. Let the blankets remain in the suds 1 hour, without rubbing. Rinse thoroughly and hang up, without wringing. The absence of rubbing and wringing prevents the hardness and shrinking of the old process.
Soak the towels in a pail of cold water containing 1 teaspoon sugar of lead 10 minutes. To make the colors look clear and bright, use pulverized borax in the wash-water, very little soap, and no soda.
Put an ounce of sugar of lead into a pail of water, and soak the garment for 2 hours. Let dry, then wash and iron.
Linen Suits. Fill a pail with old, dry hay; put scalding water on it and let it stand until the water is colored; then wash the linen in it, and it will look as nice as new.
If you have dark calico to wash that you fear will fade or the colors run, put it in a pail and pour boiling water on. Let stand till cool enough to wring out. Then wash like any other. It is better to wash such a garment before it gets very badly soiled, or the hot water might set the dirt.
Mrs. M. W. Callahan.
When woolen pants are washed, hang without wringing; when dry, fold as they are folded when new, and wring a towel out of water and place over the pants and iron with, a hot iron. When the towel is dry the pants will be smooth.
Mrs. J. E. White, Peoria, Ill.
In washing stockings which require care, pass them through the wringer a second time wrapped in a towel. They will then be so dry that the colors will not run.