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through this water after dissolving a little soap in it, wring hard, shake and
hang up. Never dry in the house. If they freeze, so much the better. In warm
weather hang in the shade out of doors. Wash colored flannels in the same way
(but not in water used for white, or they will gather the lint), and rinse in
several waters if inclined to "run." When very dirty, all flannels should soak
longer, and a little borax well dissolved should be added to the water. This
process is equally good for washing silk goods and silk embroideries. Calicoes
and fancy cotton stockings may be washed in the same way, except that no soap
should be used in the rinsing. Wash gray and brown linens in cold water, with a
little black pepper in it, and they will not fade.
WASHING FLUID. --Bring to a boil one pound of sal-soda, half pound of unslaked
lime, a small lump of borax and five quarts water. Let cool, pour off and
bottle. Use one tea-cup to a boiler of clothes. This is superior.--Mrs. Gov.
WASHING FLUID. --Dissolve five pounds sal-soda and one of borax in a gallon of
boiling water; slake one pound of lime in another gallon of water, pour both
together and allow to stand till perfectly clear, pour off into glass jars and
keep for use. Put clothes to soak over night, with soap on the soiled parts; in
the morning wring out, put into a boiler filled in the proportion of one pint of
the fluid to four pails of water, with soap also added. Boil for ten minutes,
take out, rub through one water, and rinse through two. If a machine is used,
take from the boiler to the machine, and rinse as above.
WASHING FLUID. --The very best known, as it saves time, labor, clothes and soap.
One pound sal-soda, one-half pound stone lime, five quarts soft water; boil a
short time in copper or brass kettle, stirring occasionally, let settle and pour
off the clear fluid into a stone jug, and cork for use; soak white clothes over
night in simple water, wring out and soap wristbands, collars and dirty stained
places; have boiler half filled with water, and when at scalding heat put in one
common tea-cup of fluid, stir and put in clothes, and boil half an hour, rub
lightly through one suds only, rinsing well in the bluing water as usual, and
all is complete. Instead of soaking clothes over night, they may soak in suds
for a few hours before beginning washing. For each additional boiler of clothes
add half a cup only of the fluid, of course, boiling in the same water through
the whole washing. If more water is needed in the boiler for the last clothes,
dip it from the sudsing tub. This fluid brightens instead of fading the colors
in calico, and is good for colored flannels. It does not rot clothes, but they
must not lie long in the water; the boiling, sudsing, rinsing and bluing must
follow each other in rapid succession, until clothes are hung on the line, which
should be by ten o'clock in the morning. Some of this fluid, put in hot water,
is excellent for removing grease spots from the floor, doors and windows; also
for cleansing tin-ware, pots, and kettles.--Mrs. Rose Sharp, Kingston, O.
GALL SOAP. --For washing woolens, silks, or fine prints liable to fade: One pint
beef's gall, two pounds common bar soap cut fine, one quart boiling soft water;
boil slowly, stirring occasionally until well mixed; pour into a flat vessel,
and when cold cut into pieces to dry.
MOTHER'S HARD-TIMES SOAP. --Take all the bits of soap that are too small to be
longer used, shave down, and let soak in soft water enough to
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