The best linoleum is the most satisfactory and lasting cover for kitchen, pantry and back hall floors. It cleans beautifully with a scrub brush and naphtha soap, rinsing and wiping dry. Ordinarily, once a week is sufficient for scrubbing the kitchen, but the floor should be wiped or carefully mopped with a small mop at least every other day or oftener, if necessary.
For spots and stains difficult to remove from linoleum, Dutch Cleanser is almost a certain remedy.
If possible, have what is termed a combination table, and have a tinner cover the top with zinc. On this all hot dishes may be set with no ill results, and it is most easy to clean. If you can enjoy the luxury of a kitchen cabinet, select one with a tall cupboard on top, as that uses space otherwise wasted. If not already zinc covered, have it done. The cost is small, and the comfort and time saving enormous. In the upper drawers in the combination table, you can keep whatever articles you wish. But somewhere, manage to keep a bunch of papers, for their use is manifold. When gathering the dishes preparatory to washing them, always crush several pieces of paper and wipe out grease; wipe off the table with paper when grease has been spilled; and wipe off the stove with paper. All this is a great aid to greater comfort in washing these things.
In some cities a garbage collector calls on certain days, and a convenient way is to keep an old coal hod indoors (so as not to attract flies) with a newspaper in it, into which to empty garbage as it accumulates during the day. This can be easily emptied into an outside garbage can each night. These matters must be governed by existing conditions.
Brass hooks are convenient for holding the following, viz : Dust pan, soft brush, and old whisk broom. Asbestos plates or old shallow baking pans to invert under kettles to prevent burning.
Cover squares of old shoe leather with ticking or any material suitable for holders, leaving a space about three inches not sewed in one edge of cover through which to slip leather when cover is washed. Sew a brass ring to one corner to hang by.
Hem a square of ticking and attach a brass ring to hang by, to use in handling hot dishes about the stove. A turkey wing is most handy to brush under low furniture.
Provide a place for drying dish-cloths and towels. For drying glass and silver, make towels of linen, to do away with lint. But nothing seems so satisfactory for drying china, as the soft towels made from flour and sugar bags, the one hundred pound size. Knitted dish cloths of fine twine can now be purchased in any linen department for a few cents. They are durable and just right to handle. By all means have a nickle tea kettle.
Have a small dish in refrigerator or other cool place, into which to drop egg shells which are washed before breaking eggs for cooking, and save for settling coffee. A good can opener and cork screw. A good, not too heavy broom, and an old one. Save all worn out flannels and soft cotton underwear for cleaning purposes.
Pieces of medium grade sandpaper tacked over a strip of board 4x10 inches, similar to a razor sharpener, is fine for whetting knives.
And a steam cooker, if you can - a copper one, or it will rust out, and get it with two doors.
Three or four empty pound baking powder cans, with covers.
A light weight mop. Good scrub brush.
Wire basket to keep vegetables from burning to bottom of kettle.
Buy a good clock.