If you open any cookbook or other domestic book for house keepers you will usually find instructions on how to do laundry. Inevitably you will come upon the rinsing of clothes to be done by putting into bluing. This is what was commonly used to brighten whites. In it’s earliestContinue Reading

The above Advertisements are from 1901 and show a similar style to today’s marketing techniques. These are for Pearline Laundry Soap that was quite popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The custom of having wash-day on Monday has probably caused more inconvenience to the housekeeper’s servants, in fact to the whole household, than they dream of, thereby making it a day to be dreaded, and causing it to be called “blue Monday.” Every member of a household feels it, fromContinue Reading

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 20, 1849. Messrs. EDITORS?The remarks in your excellent paper of Dec. 15th, upon washing and labor-saving soap, induce me to send for insertion the following recipe, which I have followed for a long time with complete success 1 lb. of sal soda, 1 lb. common bar soap, andContinue Reading

To clean kid gloves, have ready a little new milk in one saucer, a piece of white soap in another, and a clean cloth folded two or three times. On the cloth spread out the glove smooth and neat. Take a piece of flannel, dip it in the milk, thenContinue Reading