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Mrs. Stewart's® Bluing has continued to be the favorite fabric whitener of generations. As home washing tips are shared among friends, more and more people are discovering the unique benefits of MSB! It's easy to use, low cost, and environmentally friendly.
Newspaper articles, "Fixit" columns, websites, and social media posts make mention of MSB and its longstanding history of creating the whitest-looking clothes! Yet, many people do not know just what bluing is, the many uses it has, and why it gives white clothes that "just-bought" whiteness.
White Fabric Isn't "White"
In their original state, white fabrics are far from white. Unbleached cotton fabrics, known to the trade as "gray goods", are yellowish or gray. Raw wool is too, even that from the whitest fleece. Most synthetic fibers are not white but tend to be grayish or off-white. These all have to be bleached, usually by some chemical that removes most of the yellow color. Even bleaching is not enough. To make white goods acceptable to their customers, manufacturers of white clothes, sheets, towels, and linens, treat them with bluing to achieve a bright white product.
The Blue Hue Must be Renewed
After fabric goes into use, its fresh look is diminished by soil, stains, continual washing, and drying. The bluing products applied by the manufacturer are eventually washed out of the fabrics. Mrs. Stewart's® Bluing (MSB) allows the consumer to re-blue their white fabrics, restoring that just-bought brightness.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, bluing was used by everyone who wanted to have bright whites. A typical laundry setup consisted of three (3) tubs — the wash tub, the rinse tub, and the bluing tub. The bluing tub was filled with cool, clear water and just enough bluing to make the water a light sky-blue color. Clothes and sheets were washed, rinsed, passed through a wringer, and finally dipped in the bluing tub and hung to dry in the sun.
Most detergents on the market today do a good job of removing soil and dirt. Many have additives that you may or may not wish to use. Heavy stains should often be pretreated with a good stain-remover before washing to ensure the removal of stains. While bleach is a good stain-remover, continued bleach use can weaken fibers.
MSB is a safe alternative to bleach for whitening fabric.
MSB is not a stain-remover. It is an optical whitener.
We advise against using bleach and bluing in the same cycle.
Did you think MSB was used ONLY in the laundry?
Learn about many more uses for Mrs. Stewart's® Bluing on our Many Uses page.
One Popular Use for Mrs. Stewart's® Bluing
Since the "depression" years, families and children have been using MSB to grow salt crystals for decoration, for fun, and for an award-winning science fair project. This is become known as the famous "Salt Crystal Garden".
Learn HOW to grow your own on our Salt Crystal Garden page.
We invite you to continue looking around our site, learning about Mrs. Stewart's Bluing!