Best Practices in the 18th Century
This outline will focus on the best practices for laundry in a perfect situation in the 18th century, as if one had all the knowledge and resources available and they were being put into proper practice. This does not reflect the realities of camp life, or the practiced ignorance of people at all levels of society. But knowing this should help people develop demonstrations that suit their setting.
A demonstration can be done with nothing or with everything
Figure out who your audience is and find a way to connect, it will bring more learning than any item you may carry with you to an event.
- Gum Dragon
- Gum Arabic
- Wheat Starch
- Soap – I buy off of random friends who are selling, but when desperate you can always use
- Washington’s Soap– An 18th century bathing soap.
- Indigo – Also refered to as Blue Stone.
- Wheat Bran – I get it at the local Amish Meat Market where they sell spices and flours.
- Camp Kettles and all things tin
- Pottery – I have purchased from a few potters. My starch bowl and a few other pieces are from Robert Van Rens
- Wood (Bats, the one I use is based on one in Brimingham England)
- Wash citations