The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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and then wash your hands, gloves and all, carefully rubbing every dirty spot. When clean, let the gloves remain on until dry, which will be soon. You will be surprised to find how white your hands are, and how dirty the gasoline.—Mrs. Viehle.
To Clean Gloves.—Pour some gasoline into a wide-mouthed bottle, then put your gloves in, say 1-2 dozen pairs, more or less, see Unit they are just covered with the fluid, then stop the bottle, and continue to shake it up and down until the gloves are clean, and if very dirty pour off the fluid and add some more, and con­tinue to shake up and down, then with some wooden tongs, or with your fingers, hang them to a clean clothes' line with clothes pins in the sun to dry, or if the weather is damp put the gloves on a sheet of perfectly clean paper and put them in a luke-warm stove, and they will soon dry. Be .careful not to let the oven be too warm. The warmth will remove the oder.
Gloves, Kid light, to Clean.—Rub in them cream of tartar or magnesia with a piece of clean white flannel.
Coloring White Kid Gloves Either Black or Purple.—With a solution of logwood 1 part, extract of logwood and 3 parts brandy. Put the gloves on both hands, apply with a sponge or rag and rub thoroughly dry, and keep rubbing the hands together so as to soften the gloves.
To Dye Gloves.—Take the color suitable for the occasion ; if dark, take Spanish brown and black earth ; if lighter, yellow and whiting, and soon with other colors; mix them over a moderate fire, daub the gloves over with the color, wet, and let them hang till they are dry, and then beat out the superfluity of the color and smooth them over with a stretching or sleeking stick, reducing them to a proper shape.
To Dye Gloves Brown or Tan Color.—10,000 recipes.—Steep saffron flowers in soft or rain water, boiling for 12 hours, then hav­ing sewed the tops of the gloves to prevent the dye from staining the insides, wet them with a sponge or brush dipped in the liquid ; the quantity of saffron as well as the water will, of course, depend on how much dye may be wanted, and their relative proportions on the depth of color requiied. A common teacupful will contain suf­ficient in quantity for a single pair of gloves.
Vegetable Dentrifice or Tooth Powder.— Peruvian bark, gum myrrh and castile soap, each 2 ounces; bole ammonian, the soft part of cuttlefish bone, rose pink and carbonate of magnesia, each 4 ounces ; orris root, 8 ounces, all in very fine powder; per­fume with 30 drops of any essential oil; sassafras, winter green, lavender, rose, cinnamon or cloves prepared ; after well mixing pass through a fine muslin sieve. It is best to have the rose pink and soap well dried before powdering.