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How to Remove Stains and Spots

Grease Spots

Cold water and Ivory soap will remove grease spots from cotton and woollen fabrics. Castilian Cream is useful for black woollen goods, but leaves a light ring on delicately colored goods. Either is always sure and safe to use.

Iron Rust

Saturate spot with lemon juice, then cover with salt. Let stand in the sun for several hours; or a solution of hydrochloric acid may be used.

Iron Rust From Delicate Fabrics

Iron rust may be removed from delicate fabrics by covering spot thickly with cream of tartar, then twisting cloth to keep cream of tartar over spot; put in a saucepan of cold water, and heat water gradually to boiling point.

Grass Stains from Cotton Goods

Wash in alcohol.

Ink Stains

Wash in a solution of hydrochloric acid, and rinse in ammonia water. Wet the spot with warm water, put on Sapolio, rub gently between the hands, and generally the spot will disappear.

Fruit Stains

Pour boiling water over stained surface, having it fall from a distance of three feet. This is a much better way than dipping stain in and out of hot water; or wring articles out of cold water and hang out of doors on a frosty night.

Stains of Claret Wine

As soon as claret is split, cover spot with salt. Let stand a few minutes, then rinse in cold water.

Old Tea and Coffee Stains

Wet spot with cold water, cover with glycerine, and let stand two or three hours. Then wash with cold water and hard soap. Repeat if necessary.


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The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1896).

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