Next time, when you are reaching for that bottle of Clorox bleach to brighten up your whites.... maybe you should give it a little nuzzle of affection....or, dare I say a kiss!
The above engraving and instructions for Bleaching linen were written by John Wily, 1765....in 13 easy steps:
1. Soak linen 36 to 40 hours in warm water, rinse and dry.
2. Soak in lye and cow dung 48 hours.
3. Stretch cloth over the grass in a bleach~yard.
4. Wash off the cow dung.
5. Beat cloth with bat staffs 2 to 3 hours.
6. Place cloth into boiling lye; soak 24 hours.
7. Wash cloth; stretch it over the bleach~green 24 hours.
8. Beat with bat staffs.
9. Repeat the last three steps for 8 to 10 days.
10. Place cloth in buttermilk for 1 or 2 nights.
11. Wash and beat the cloth again, then stretch it over the bleach~green.
12. Sour it again with buttermilk.
13. Repeat the process for another week, until the cloth is white enough.
I would recommend anyone try this at home to see how they make of it... Have fun
and yes, dung=POO.