All clothes should be looked over before they are put away, and if any
require mending it must not be neglected; a broken stitch that can be
mended in a few minutes, if left till it has been worn again, will
require much more time. If young housekeepers suffer their mending to
get behind hand, it will discourage them. After mending a shirt, it
should be pressed before it is put away. If stocking heels are run while
they are new, and the thin places darned in time, it saves much work.
A little soda dissolved in the water is valuable for washing windows;
do not let it run on the sash, or it will stain the paint; rinse them
in clear water, and wipe dry with a clean soft towel. When they are but
little soiled, clear water will answer, but if smoked or coated with
any thing, soda should be always used. Some persons rub their windows
with soft buckskin or newspaper, when they are dry and clean, to give
them a polish.