Or apply a strong solution of ox alic acid and water, and rinse.
Or immerse in a weak solution of chloride of lime-2 ounces to 1 gal lon of water. Rinse in water con taining hyposulphite of soda.
Or make a paste of flowers of sul phur. Or pulverize brimstone with water. Cover with this, and expose to direct sunshine until dry. Repeat if necessary. Remove the sulphur by brushing. This is simple and success ful.
To Bleach Straw Braid.—Dissolve 6 ounces of chloride of lime in a gal lon of water.
(1) Dip the goods in this for thir ty minutes.
(2) Dip in clear water acidulated with muriatic or sulphuric acid at the rate of I fluid ounce to the gallon.
(3) Rinse in clear water containing 1 ounce of hyposulphite of soda to the gallon.
Or dip in weak soapsuds and ex pose to the fumes of burning sulphur.
To Prevent White Goods from Fad ing.—If a suitable lawn or grassplot is available, spread white garments on the grass to dry during the warm months of the year. This is more con venient than fastening to a line and keeps the garments always bleached. Faded articles may be bleached in this way by keeping them constantly moistened with clear water.
To Bleach Unbleached Muslin. Unbleached muslin is more durable than that which has already been bleached. Hence it pays to buy it by the piece and bleach it before mak ing it up. Place on the stove a boil erful of strong bluing water, or use indigo instead of bluing. Unroll the cloth, put it in the boiler, and boil ten or twenty minutes. Hang it out on a clear, sunshiny day to drip; dry without wringing. When partially dry spread it on the grass to bleach.
To Whiten Lace. — First wash in strong soapsuds, rinse and immerse in fresh suds, and expose to the sun.
Or first wash and iron, stitch on cotton with basting thread, and soak for twenty minutes in olive oil. Af terwards boil for twenty minutes in suds of castile or other hard white soap and rinse in warm water.
To Bleach Faded White Goods.— All cotton and linen fabrics and gar ments that have been laundered tend to become yellow by the action of the alkali contained in the soap, which is imperfectly removed in rinsing. Gar ments that have been laid away for a time, as summer dresses, will fre quently come out in the spring much yellowed or faded. Put the faded ar ticles in a separate boiler and add pound of cream of tartar. Boil until the goods are clear. Wring out of bluing water and lay on the grass to dry.
Or soak the garments over night in clear cold water, wring out, and soak for twenty-four hours in sour milk or buttermilk. If much yellowed, soak a third night in weak suds con taining a little hard white soap and a tablespoonful of kerosene. After wards boil in suds containing a table spoonful of kerosene. Rinse in blu ing water, and hang out to drip dry.
Or boil the articles for fifteen or twenty minutes in strong soapsuds containing 1 tablespoonful of essence of turpentine and 3 tablespoonfuls of aqua ammonia, stirring occasional ly. Care must be taken not to im merse the arms in suds containing turpentine. Rinse the articles, using a clothes stick, in one or two clear waters, and wash and blue in the usual way.
Washing soda should not be used for bleaching purposes, as it tends to rot the fabric.