Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing 8oz Laundry Whitener
Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing If bluing were used to make things blue, it would be a simple matter to explain its action. Actually, it is used to make things white, and this is an attempt to explain that phenomenon. Blue and White Make the Whitest White It is said that color experts can distinguish about
Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing If bluing were used to make things blue, it would be a simple matter to explain its action. Actually, it is used to make things white, and this is an attempt to explain that phenomenon. Blue and White Make the Whitest White It is said that color experts can distinguish about 300 shades of white, and if you look at all the things around you that are white, you will notice the many different shades. Some are a pink- white, some are yellow-white, etc. The white which is the brightest of whites is one which has a slight blue hue. One of the more dramatic experiments to prove this point is to place a brand new white shirt or blouse next to one which has been laundered for perhaps a year or so and notice the difference. They will both look white until placed next to each other, when the new one will appear much whiter, and the blue hue will be evident. Because blue-white is the most intense white, most artists, when painting a snow scene, will use blue color to intensify the whiteness. As color experts would explain it, the proof comes when two pieces of fabric are placed under a spectrograph – the one with blue added will reflect more light, making the fabric appear its whitest. White Fabric Isn’t White In their original state, white fabrics are far from white. Unbleached cotton fabrics, known to the trade as “greige (grey) goods”, are grey or yellow tinged. Raw wool is, too – even from the whitest fleece. Most of all the synthetic fibers are not white, but tend to be a greyish off-white color. These all have to be bleached, usually by some chemical treatment which removes most of the yellow or grey color. Even this bleaching is not enough. To make white goods acceptable to their customers, manufacturers of sheets, towels, linens, etc., put their fabrics through a process of bluing. So also do the makers of shirts and other white apparel. The Blue Hue Must be Renewed! After the fabric goes into use, the effects of the bleaches wear off, soil and stain mar the color, and the material goes to the wash to be cleaned. Detergent and water lift out the dirt and stains, and successive rinses remove the soapy mixture. Sometimes a mild bleach is used to help remove the stains. If all this is thoroughly done, the fabric is clean, but it is not “snow-white”. To counteract the rest of the yellow, blue must be added. A little diluted bluing in the washing process or in the last rinse water adds the necessary tint that makes the fabric really snow-white. Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing allows the consumer to re-blue their items at home. In the early and middle 1900s bluing was used by everyone who wanted to have a white wash, and could be found in virtually all laundries. When washing was done by hand or in wringer washers, the second rinse tub was always the bluing rinse, the blue became the accepted color for laundry products. In the ensuing years, most new products, detergents and other additives were colored blue. Many of the manufacturers even claimed that their products contained bluing. In spite of those claims, many homemakers have discovered that nothing whitens like Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing. What’s In This Stuff, Anyway? Basically, bluing is made of a very fine blue iron powder suspended in water ( a “colloidal suspension”). A nontoxic amount of a pH balancer and a biocide is added to prevent the buildup of algae and bacteria. (This may be why Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is loved by farmers who state they use it in the water troughs of their farm animals and by owners of lily and fish ponds.) Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is nontoxic, biodegradable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly. It cannot be guaranteed that no one will ever be allergic to Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing, but no reports of such an allergy have been reported thus far. In fact, several customers use Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing because it is one of the few laundry products from which they do not experience an allergic reaction. Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is a simple, concentrated blue liquid that optically whitens white fabric. It does not remove stains, does not “clean”, but adds a microscopic blue particle to white fabric which has been giving fabric that “just bought” whiteness for 120 years! Other Uses for Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing Magic Salt Crystal Garden: For generations, bluing has been known as an essential ingredient of a “Salt Crystal Garden”. This delightful crystalline formation became popular in the Great Depression, and is still known to some as a “Depression Flower” or “Coal Garden”. By combining common ingredients (salt, water, bluing, food coloring and ammonia) over a porous base material (Coal, sponge, or other), the salt recrystallizes into beautiful, delicate coral-like formations. Children growing one of their own have been winning blue ribbons in science fairs ever since! Elementary teachers find it invaluable in teaching their students about crystals. Brighten Swimming Pool Water: Years ago, a woman in southern California added a bottle of Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing to her swimming pool before the arrival of weekend house guests. The result was, to her, nothing short of a miracle! The inviting appearance of the pool kept the guests in a swimming mood the entire weekend and the hostess could relax and enjoy her guests as well as her Pacific blue pool. Some pool manufacturers and dealers use Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in their display pools and claim it really helps to close a sale. For standard pools (20′ x 40′), add one or two bottles where water is recirculated from the filter, being careful not to splash directly on pool surface. Do not use in aerated pools such as jacuzzis or whirlpools as spotting can occur. Incidentally, a little bluing in the bath water can work wonders getting kids into the tub, too! White Hair: Countless letters from elderly citizens tell that Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is a wonderful addition to the rinse water when washing gray or white hair. It eliminates yellowing and gives their hair that beautiful whiteness which cannot be obtained even by products made especially for that purpose. It is absolutely safe, and because it is used by the drop, costs less than a penny per use! Use just a couple of drops in the rinse water. Because MSB hasn’t been tested for whitening hair, there is no published, specific formula. However, customers have stated they wash and rinse their hair as normal. Then, they dilute a “couple” or a “few” drops of MSB in 1-2 quarts of water and run the diluted bluing through their hair as the final rinse. Some do this with every washing, some only when needed. White Pets: Owners of white pets claim Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing to be a real beauty treatment for their pets . . . even horses! Whether it be a palomino’s tail being readied for a parade, or a poodle being groomed for a show, just a couple of drops of Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in the rinse water does the trick! Because MSB hasn’t been tested for whitening hair, there is no published, specific formula. However, customers have stated they wash and rinse their pet’s hair as normal. Then, they dilute a “couple” or a “few” drops of MSB in 1-2 quarts of water and run the diluted bluing through the hair as the final rinse. Some do this with every washing, some only when needed. Relieve the Pain of Insect Bites: Some years ago, the University of Arizona printed a booklet on treatment for snake and insect bites in which it recommended Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing be used to treat the bite of a Red Harvester Ant. They claim it to be “laboratory tested.” Again, countless letters have been received over the years telling the company how effective a dab of Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is on a bee sting. All expressed surprise in the “IMMEDIATE” relief! Make Glass & Crystal Sparkle: It was discovered long ago that a few drops of Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in the rinse water makes fine crystal sparkle, and does the same for mirrors and windows. There have many reports that Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing used in the rinse water when cleaning crystal chandeliers extends the sparkle. They believe the dust particles are repelled by the bluing and the cleaning lasts much longer. Who’s place is it to disagree? Reduce Algae Growth in Fountains, Bird Baths & Fish Ponds: Because Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing does not affect the clarity of water, it can be used anywhere to change otherwise drab-looking water into a pool of beauty. A Holiday Inn owner in California has been using Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in his fountain which he claims has inspired many motels in his area to display that clear, Pacific blue water in fountains, bird baths, garden pools and swimming pools. Some customers report that bluing in bird baths and fish ponds also helps reduce algae buildup and because MSB is non-toxic, it won’t hurt the birds or fish.Medical Laboratory and Drug Testing Use: A doctor doing research on skin cancer found that by boiling Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing he could get a higher concentration of bluing which was perfect for orienting tissue samples. Bradley Products, Inc. a sister company, now manufactures and distributes The Davidson Marking System, which includes a set of six different colors of tissue dyes. Drug testing companies use Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in their procedures as well. Podiaty Laboratories for Casting: The fact that Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing mixes readily in any water-based solution makes it ideal to color the casting material used in podiatry laboratories. By adding a blue color to certain layers of plaster used in casting, it is more easily determined where to add more plaster and where it is necessary to cut away. It is similarly used in sculpturing. Pottery Glazing: A woman called several years ago looking for Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing for use in her pottery club. After some questioning it was learned someone had discovered that by adding Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing to the glaze when dipping pottery, one can more easily determine the area which was dipped by the blue color. Until this discovery, it was next to impossible for the potter to know exactly the area which was glazed, as the glazing does not show up on wet clay. The real beauty of this method is that in the firing, the blue is burned away and leaves a beautiful clear glaze! Detect plumbing Leaks: Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is useful when checking for leaks in drain systems, automotive cooling systems and toilet tanks. By pouring a little Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing into a toilet’s holding tank, it is easy to see whether or not the tank leaks through into the bowl, wasting water. It is cost effective, easy, and completely safe. Fertilizer Research: A liquid fertilizer manufacturer found that Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing added to his product in research experiments permitted him to follow the fertilizer through the plant and determine the rate of absorption. Coloring Flowers: The first blue carnations are credited to Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing! Freshly cut carnations placed in a vase with a high content of Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing in the water will by osmosis carry the blue color into the tips of the petals quickly. Marking Ski Racecourses: Ski Race Directors at ski resorts across the country have begun marking the center or edges of racecourses using Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing to increase visibility under various lighting conditions.These are just a few of the uses for Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing that have been reported. Others include reducing the algae growth in feeding troughs of farm animals and garden fish ponds, diminishing reported cases of distemper in small farm animals, myriads of artistic uses, coloring wall paper paste to aid in even spreading, re-bluing denim jeans that have faded, tie-dying T-shirts without chemicals, and many more! While Luther Ford and Company manufacturers and endorses their product as a laundry whitener, it is obvious by the many letters they have received that this unique product has many other uses. Check out our Store for more Great Deals! STORE POLICIES Please READ our Store Policies before you purchase! 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