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Handbook, 1909
			


                       A. M. E. Church.                          155

impossible to see. By using a little more salts, a denser mixture can
be made.
  To soften hard leather shoes, first wash them over with warm water
and then rub in castor oil. Any oil will answer, but the castor oil
is best. The shoes, after this application, will become soft and
pliable.
  In pressing ribbons with a hot iron, lay them between two sheets
of manila paper, and they will come out in better shape, and
minus the usual objectionable gloss.
  For staircase pads, pieces of old blankets may be folded neatly and
placed on each step separately, taking care to cover the edges. Pads
make the stair carpet wear double the time.
  One of the best things for cleansing tinware is washing soda. Use
a strong solution of soda, rinse in clean, hot water, wipe and dry in
sun.
  To clean copper, take a handful of salt and enough vinegar and
flour to make paste. After using the paste, wash the copper in hot
water, rinse in cold, and dry.
  To clean marble, take 2 parts washing soda, 1 part pumice stone
and 1 part salt. Sift all through a fine sieve, mix with water and
rub over the stains. Rinse and wipe dry.


            GETTING RID OF HOUSEHOLD PESTS.
                           Water Bugs.
  A weak solution of turpentine poured into the water pipes once a
week for a few weeks will usually drive away water bugs. Use 1-2 pint
turpentine to 3 pints of water. This will drive the bugs from their
hiding places and they should then be killed whenever seen. Prepa-
rations effective in exterminating cockroaches will usually destroy
water bugs.
                           Cockroaches.
  Garbage left standing is one of the surest means of attracting
cockroaches. Dissolve 1 pound of alum in 3 pints hot water and force
a hot solution into all cracks and openings where the roaches are
likely to be. Afterward spread borax about the places where the
roaches have been in the habit of coming.
  Another way is to blow insect powder into all cracks. Brush up
and burn the dead insects and powder, and blow in a second dose.
Brush up as before and spread powdered borax about the cracks
and holes.




			
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Handbook, 1909


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