Recently J.G. Burdette, Bluey and I had a conversation about cleaning clothes with petrol. Yuck eh? This was an early form of dry cleaning although I would rather dirty clothes than to stink like petrol all day!
My mind is preoccupied with washing at the moment, you know what it is like when you come home from a holiday, you bring back mountains of washing too. The weather was nice for the first few days so we were able to get some dry but now we are back to intermittent showers, not really helpful for drying the rest of it.
I had done a post about an unexpected fire caused by matches in a pocket and a recently cleaned jacket which was what started the conversation and that prompted me to look for other articles about this unusual form of laundering. Above is an article I found with a method of reducing the petrol smell.
That would be a very good thing if you ask me but it doesn’t really apply to the below method of cleaning your fur coat. Apparently the best way to clean it was to plunge the coat into a bath of petrol.
The Man sometimes splashes petrol on to his clothing accidentally while working in the shed and it stinks, I can’t imagine intentionally dipping your clothes in it and then choosing to wear them again!
Not only that, where would you store these stinky coats? All of your other clothes, and the rest of the house, would start smelling of it as well. Obviously being in a crowd was more of an olfactory assault back then than it is today!
I am very pleased that we have developed different chemicals to use during the dry cleaning process. I know that when you wander past a dry cleaners it doesn’t always smell the best, but can you imagine how much worse it could be?
Aside from that, petrol costs quite a bit these days. Using it for cleaning your clothes might be out of the reach of most of our household budgets!