Household Economy

Household Economy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...way, in the intervals while the other things are boiling. (2.) "Soap the collars and wristbands of shirts, the feet of stockings, &c, and rub them a little. This must be done the previous night, and the clothes set to soak until the next morning. (3.) "Next (i.e., in the morning) pour ten gallons of water into the copper, and having strained the mixture of lime and soda well, taking great care not to disturb the settlings, put it, together with the soap, into the water, and make the whole boil before putting in the clothes. A plate must be placed at the bottom of the copper to prevent the clothes from burning. (4.) "Boil each lot of clothes from half an hour to one hour. After taking them out, rinse them well in cold blue water; when dry, they will be beautifully white. (5.) "The same water will do for three lots. The finer things should be done first, the coarse and dirtier afterwards. The mixture, after having been used for the clothes, may be employed to clean silver, brass, copper, tin, or any other description of metal. After washing, they should be dried and polished with leather. The liquid may then be used for scouring floors or cleaning paint. Thus it undergoes a variety of transmutations, all essentially serviceable to the housewife." Here is also a good receipt for clear-starching: --"Clear-starching.--Having collected all the articles that are to be starched, put a pint of clear spring water into a clean saucepan, and when it is just warm, add a quarter of a pound of starch (that has been previously softened with a little warm water), with a little gum-arabic or isinglass. Then continue stirring it one way until it just boils, when it must be immediately taken off the fire, as it will become yellow if...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619609
  • 9781236619600