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...|