Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A Blustery Weekend

One of the many reasons for procrastinating and not finishing September Niece's doll was the weather...

When the weather is sunny as well as blustery (or there's a sparkly sunny frosty day) I feel a great, overly enthusiastic need to get a White Wash on.

My Mum boiled her 'whites' in a large urn on the draining board.  My Grandma boiled & used Reckitts Blue bags but always called them Dolly Blues.  (Even then I loved the packaging-I was a bit ahead of my time!) I wanted to try some again but couldn't find any in the shops.

Whilst reading a Wendyl Nissen book, I discovered that she had experimented with bicarbonate of soda and blue pigment to recreate a 'blue' agent for laundry.  I followed her advice. I've been using the 'Blue' recipe for about 6 months now & still have years worth of blue powder left. I put about a teaspoon of the mix in my fabric conditioner drawer & dilute with water.

I stopped using fabric conditioner a while ago to see what the difference was. Sometimes I'll put a cup of white vinegar in the conditioner drawer to soften clothes but on the whole I usually forget. Putting the vinegar and bicarbonate/blue mix together creates instant excitement- foaming, fizzing bubbles!

Unfortunately I wasn't particularly scientific in my approach so I don't know how much whiter the laundry now is.


The only problem with getting over excited by the laundry is the ironing...

One load on the board , two more to go...

3 comments:

Scented Sweetpeas said...

oohh I think I may have to try that recipe! I have a tip to reduce ironing and your energy bill too. When you wash your clothes make sure you put it on a slower spin. Then shake them items before you hang them and fold them as soon as you take them off the line. I hardly ever iron now as the body heat gets rid of the rest of the creases - yey more time for creative stuff :-)

noknittedknickers said...

I am sooooo looking forward to line dried clothes when we move. Right now, we have to dry everything in a tumble dryer. Tumble dryers are the work of the devil. C.x

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

I stopped using fabric conditioner years ago and no-one noticed! I also only use one soap tablet instead of the recommended two and it makes no difference. Hardly ever use the iron. Great tips in your blog!

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