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Invisible Patches on Curtains. Cut a piece of the required size out of an old one, and dip it in starch. Then press it on to the curtain with a flat iron, and you will h a ve the defective spot well mended until washing day, for it comes round again. Do not iron your curtains, for ironing breaks the threads. Instead, mangle and shake them out ; any creases which re ain will soon disappear when they are hung up. To Blacken Tan Boots. —Rub them well all over with a piece of raw potato, let them stand for a few hours, when they will be found to take the blacking and polish well.

Patchy Wall Paper.—lf a patch must be applied to wall paper, let the now piece lie in strong sunlight until the colours are faded to match those on the wall : then tear the edges and the applied piece will not he so- conspicuous. Cleaning Gilt Frames. Water should never be put on gilt frames. They should be wiped with dry cloth or chamois. This applies to all metals and lacquered goods. After a lacquered bed has once been wet and polished it must be continually polished, so the plan is to keep it dry as long as possible. Shoe Buttons.—Shoe buttons may be prevented from coming off by making a hole in the leather large enough for the shank of each button and passing a round bootlace through every shank, fastening the string at both ends. To Clean Glass Decanters. — Washing bottles with shot is most dangerous. Many persons have been poisoned by them. Potatoes and salt will remove stains if mixed with hot water, and left a few hours ; stir occasionally and rinse in clean water. To Clean a Marble Clock. —Take 2 parts of soda, one of pumice stone, and one of finely-powdered chalk. Sift these through a fine sieve, and mix with water. Rub this well all over the marble, then wash with soap and water, and a beautiful bright polish will be produced. To Prevent New Boots from Creaking.—Dip a piece of flannel in boiled linseed oil, and rub it .over the soles and round the edges of the boots-, which should then be Dimed soles upwards- to dry. This treatment not only prevents the boots from creaking, but renders them more impervious to damp. Milk Puddings.—A pinch of bicarbonate of soda put into a milk pudding adds censiderably to its richness-. Care of Chamois Leather. —Washleathers and gloves of the material should he washed well in a soap lather, with plenty of soap rubbed on them, but on no account should bo rinsed. They will dry soft and as good as new.

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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