Historical Liquid Bluing for Laundry 18th century $19.99



Shake contents well. 2 tablespoons may be added to 2 gallons of wash water, rinse water, or starch water. We recommend using it in rinse water if not starching and if starching using it in your starch water. Once incorporated into the water, lay clothing in- only for a few seconds any longer and you have a chance for bits of blueing to settle in the fabric ( this will come out in the next wash). Pull out and let dry. Iron if needed.

During the eighteenth century and much into the nineteenth century Smalt was the go to product for bluing. However, Smalt carries toxicity from the cobalt in which it derives its color. Prussian Blue began to experience more common use in the mid eighteenth century for dyestuffs and by the early 1800’s became a household ingredient appearing in numerous recipes. Though this Prussian Blue recipe is from 1884, we recommend this product as a great nontoxic, alternative to Smalt/powder blue.

Ingredients: Water, Oxalic Acid, FerricAmmonium Ferrocyanide


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For serious laundry-doers only. Follow instructions carefully. Used For: making making whites whiter! Historically, laundresses used bluing to brighten their whites. Prussian Blue is a great, historical option for achieving this.

These products are created from original historically reproduced recipes carefully researched and lovingly made from the preserved archives of apothecaries, perfumers, ancient herbalists and the curators of medicinal wares as early as the 1300’s. Brought to you by LBCC HISTORICAL PRODUCTS, these ancient elixirs combine the wisdom of the past with the celestial magic of herbal alchemists that defies time.

Additional information

Weight .011 kg
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 10 cm