Blue Iris for washing.

John Bryan
Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:00:32 PST
Dear All;

It seems one can never stop learning things. I have often noticed in
France, Iris with blue flowers, no doubt Iris germanica, being grown
close to where there are public washing places for clothes, most
commonly seen now in villages and small towns. On my recent visit,
January/early February, I found out when doing their washing, a portion
of the root was placed into the water as this made all linens brighter,
especially white items. Way back when, in England, we used to throw a
little blue bag into the wash, the product was, simply known as 'blue' &
always wrapped in a piece of blue cloth, and it indeed made the water
blue. Just what this product was I do not know. Could it have been
derived from an Iris root? Has anyone come across such use of an Iris
root? Perhaps we should try. Cheers, John E. Bryan

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