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The Housekeeper's Handbook of Cleaning
By Sarah Josephine MacLeod (1915) (pdf)


THE housekeeper has two tasks that together absorb the greater part of her time, her energy, and her income the provision of food for her household and the keeping clean of the house and its contents, including the wearing-apparel of all the family. An earlier volume of this series, How to Cook and Why, offers aid in the first problem, and the present volume offers aid in the second.

Those who follow the Questions and Answers columns for housewives that appear in newspapers and magazines know that a large majority of the questions asked and the answers furnished deal with some aspect of the cleaning question. One person prefers one method, another a second method, another a third method, and so on to many and various methods. But few of those who make recommendation have tried all the methods and know which is really best. Many times a method is adopted that produces one good result but another and important bad one, as, for example, the method of covering ice. As is explained in the chapter on "Refrigerators," the gain in a reduced ice bill is offset by the loss in the preservation of food.

It must be frankly confessed that even in the laboratories where experiments in the applications of science to household problems are made, not all has been learned that we ought to know. But many tests have been made, some things are pretty well proved, and many more have been established as probabilities.

This book contains the results of such testing, in both laboratory and home. It deals with the numerous aspects of cleaning that come within the housekeeper's range. Each housekeeper must do her own testing, for her immediate problems, but this little volume is a sort of laboratory guide for her to save her time and energy as she goes forth in the daily battle against dirt.

PRATT INSTITUTE, January, 1915.

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