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Soft kid boots are often ruined by the application of blacking. The best way of cleaning this sort of footwear is to take a strip of flannel about four inches wide and a yard long and nxake it into a roll. Dip a piece of rag into a saucer containing a few drops of olive oil and good black ink. Rub the boot all over, and then polish off with the flannel roll. This will prevent the kid enacting. — 4>— Cold Starch. —A splendid thing to give a gloss and prevent the iron from sticking is to make a suds of white Castile soap and add to your raw starch. Black kid gloves which are going white at the finger tips can be touched up with a little ink, to which a drop or two of olive oil has been added. Apply with a feather or tiny brush, and let dry thoroughly before wearing. To Clean Copper or ISTickel. — This preparation, rubbed on to the surface when washing and then rinsed off, will make very discoloured articles come bright. Mix together equal parts of flour, salt, vinegar, and silver sand or bath brick. To Clean White Skin Hugs. —Sponging with naptha is said to be the best method, but naptha is so inflammable that the greatest care is necessary when it is used. In fact, unless the cleaning can be done out of doors, well out of the way from fire and artificial lights, it is better to entrust it to a. professional cleaner. Always wash your delaine blouses at home, and you will find that you not only get better results, but your material will last longer. Make a warm lather of soap, and soak, then rinse in cold water and iron when nearly dry. The best way to clean sponges is to mix together one tablespoonful of salt and one tablespoonful of common soda with enough boiling water to cover the sponge. Place the sponge in the mixture, and let it remain in it for 24 hours. Afterwards wash out in warm water until quite clean. A high gloss for shirt fronts can be obtained by making a starch composed of, say, a gill of thick, boiled starch mixed with two quarts of raw starch. Good glazing pastes may be also obtained. It must, however, be remembered that the only way in which a high polish can really be satisfactorily abtained is I. y friction. Elbow grease is a better agent than any amount of patent glazes.

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 18, 17 August 1907