Depending on what period and country you are talking about, a lemon
probably cost more than a shirt!
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, "Janis James" <seja02@...> wrote:
> The very best method I know for whitening linen without
> damaging it in any way is boiling it gently with lemon juice and
> pure soap. Takes a while. Watch your heat and have lots of
> Been doing this with my Irish linens for years and they are
> really lovely.
> Now - in period I suspect that pure soaps were used - as
> there certainly weren't the chemicals we have now and a
> gentle aging is a natural - especially with linen.......so you
> might not want a pure white anyway.
> Hope this helps somewhat.