( Originally Published 1918 )
To do good ironing it is necessary to have a firm, unwarped ironing board. This should be covered with some thick woollen material and a white cotton cover that is clean, smooth, and tightly drawn. The thick cover should be tacked on, while the top cover should be pinned, so that it may be easily taken off to be washed. A heavy iron-holder should be provided ; and the irons should he clean and smooth. For this purpose paper should be kept at hand, as well as a piece of beeswax, sandpaper, or salt. A small cloth should be used to wipe the iron after using the bees-wax. A newspaper should he spread on the floor, to protect any pieces that may hang down while being ironed. The coarser towels should he ironed first, as the longer the irons are used, the smoother they become. Starched pieces should not be ironed until the irons are very hot. If the article is first laid smooth, it will be easier to iron it and keep it in shape, and every piece should be ironed until it is perfectly dry. As soon as the ironing is completed, the articles should he hung up to air.
Arrange to have the ironing lesson just as soon after the laundry lesson as possible. It will probably be easy to borrow the necessary equipment from homes near the school. Each pupil may be directed to bring something that will contribute toward the equipment, and one may be instructed to have the fire ready and another to put the irons on to heat before the lesson hour.
Call the pupils together early in the morning or at some time previous to the lesson period, and give them directions for sprinkling the articles to be ironed, When the class hour comes, demonstrate the method of ironing, folding, and hanging the articles, and let the pupils take turns in doing the work.
Household Science in Rural Schools:
Prevention Of Pests
Removing Stains, Bleaching Fabrics, And Setting Colours
Washing Dish Towels, Aprons, Etc.
Care Of The Baby
Cost Of Food, Clothing, And House
How To Keep Accounts
Care Of The Exterior Of The House
Discussion Of Foods And Cooking
Preparing And Serving Vegetables
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