Fresh as a Daisy - Part Two



See also 'Washing a woollen underquilt'

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If articles are machine washable, & you are using cold water for washing, no special treatment is necessary. Just follow the directions in Pamphlet 1.

If articles are not machine washable, or you are washing just a few items, soak them for a few hours or overnight in cold water.
If heavily soiled, add ammonia or bicarbonate of soda - just enough make the water feel slippery. Then squeeze gently in the water, giving special attention to soiled spots. A gentle rub will loosen stubborn dirt.
When article is clean, squeeze out all excess water, supporting the garment as much as possible, or spin dry briefly.
Rinse in two waters then spin again briefly. Add a few drops of oil of eucalyptus to second rinse. Spin again briefly, or, after sqeezing out excess water roll in a towel & press to remove as much moisture as possible.
If article will stretch, pull gently into shape, & dry flat. Otherwise, hang over line, pegging at seams. Turn several times while drying. Avoid really hot sun. Do NOT tumble dry woollens.

Machine washing & spin-drying tends to clump the filling of quilts & eiderdowns & they lose their warmth. While some blankets do well in the machine, they really respond to hand-washing.
Wait for a windy day to be forecast. Put your blanket or quilt to soak in the bath or paddling pool.
Next morning wash by treading with your feet. Remove spots by rubbing, using just a little soap if necessary. Get someone to help with the wringing, & place in a large receptacle. Put the dirty water on the garden, or save it to flush the loo, wipe out the bath, fill with clean water & add a little oil of Eucalyptus.
Wring firmly if a blanket, lightly for a quilt. (If blanket is very dirty you may need 2 rinses - put the oil the last one.) Shake well & lift onto the line. Turn several times while drying. Shake quilts & eiderdowns each time you turn them.

Quilts & eiderdowns may take more than one day to dry, depending on the weather. In fine weather, leave on the line overnight. If weather is uncertain, keep a large sheet of plastic handy & drape it over the article during a shower or overnight. Peg the bottom edge to the quilt.

Sleeping bags can be washed in the same way.
If they do not open out flat, turn from inside to outside several times during drying.

Drying woollens overnight gives them a softness that quick drying in the sun cannot.

Note Ammonia, unlike soap or soda, does not damage soil structure or matt woollens.
Avoid inhaling the fumes when using.
Borax used to be used to keep woollens white, but it is highly toxic to soil organisms, except as a trace element, so I prefer to keep it for killing ants & cockroaches.


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