Thursday, June 14, 2007

Question from Lis - Bleaching linen, etc. in Tudor times

I was told (quite a long time ago now!)that the Tudors used urine to bleach/whiten their linen shifts. I know that urine was used in the preparation of leather and wool. However, recently I was told that urine was not used on the shifts to bleach them, but that wood ash was used instead. Help! Any comments/suggestions/references/information would be gratefully received! Thanks.


Blogger Victoria said...

Greetings from Greece!

Well, i know that in older times they were using ash as a stain remover.It was quite custom in Greece.I heard that story from my grand mother and friends of hers.
And i red a historical pirate novel that was saying the following.
They were using urine placed in a wooden barrel in order to clean the clothes and after that they would wash it off with sea water.
A legend?i don't know.I'm just informing you!


June 20, 2007 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few books I have read about Elizabethan England (they were historical fiction) mention laundry maids using ten day old urine to remove difficult stains from gentlemens' shirts and ladies' shifts.

June 23, 2007 10:25 AM  

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