I would imagine that a lot of these practices were used during the Regency as well
So, just how did those Georgians cope with cleaning delicate fabrics? They couldn’t simply nip along to a dry cleaners to have them chemically cleaned. Well, we came across this wonderful little book from 1753, packed with all types of useful information including top tips for cleaning clothes, ‘Madam Johnson’s Present: Or, Every Young Woman’s Companion in Useful and Universal Knowledge’ so we thought we would share some of them with you. We have no idea as to how effective some of these methods are so ‘approach with caution’. Some of them sound very dubious, so please do be careful if you try them one at home as we acceptable no responsibility!
unknown artist; Portrait of a Lady in a Floral Dress Washing Clothes; National Museums Northern Ireland
To take iron mould and all sorts of spots and stains out of linen
These are removed by holding the linen…
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