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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE.

To Renovate Black Lace.—Wash the lace in water to which a little ammonia has been added, then rinse it in strong coffee. To Clean Silver Trimmings—Cover the surface with well-dried and fine-ly-powdered magnesia, and let it lie for a couple of hours. After-wards rub in the powder and brush off with a hard brush. Sunshine on Mirrors—Sunshine is destructive to mirrors. It causes the glass to assume a mifky appearance, and the mirror will never be so clear again in spite of whatever is done to it. To Clean Velvet.—Buy a penny square of pipe clay, and scrape a little of it on to the velvet. Then brush off lightly with a stiff brush: This raises the pile and restores the bloom. Soapsuds are valuable to people who have gardens, for they act as manures. When used for watering the roots of roses, fruit trees, etc, it is a good plan to keep all the soapy water from the bedrooms and laun-

dry in a tub in the garden, and to . use it instead of dean water for wa- | teringBlankets —When storing away blankets for the summer cut up ia bar of well-dried yellow soap, and lay the pieces among the folds. This will keep away moths. To clean a sponge—Dissolve a pennyworth of salts of lemon in a quart of hot water, and in it steep the sponge. When it is clean rinse it thoroughly. The quantity is sufficient for a big sponge. Do not use the water too hot or it will spoil the sponge, making it shrink. A Packing Hint-Straps are often stolen off boxes. To prevent this have each strap fastened by a round dozen of brass headed nails to the underside of the piece of luggage to which it belongs. If this is done one may travel far and wide without losing a strap. It is only the loose ones that arc stolen. Windows and looking-glasses are tasily kept clean and bright by the use of turpentine. Apply a small quantity of turpentine to a damp leather, and with it clean the glass. Then polish lightly with a dry cloth. Fly marks are easily removed by this method, which saves time and labour.

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 14 September 1907

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LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 14 September 1907

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