In the books I reviewed, I only saw one recipe using strawberry water; however, I was intrigued to see how this would work as a stain remover. This recipe was from the 1588 text, A Profitable Booke.
A soap water to take out all spots.
Also, some do use the water where strawberries have been soaking, and with that water you shall wet and soak the spotty places, then take fair (clean) water and washe out all the filth thereof: so done, take and hang in the sun to dry, and it will be so clean as before it was.
- 1 pint Strawberries
- 1 quart Water
Slice strawberries and soak them in water overnight. Drain the strawberries and use this water to soak the stained cloth. Wash the cloth with clean water and hang in the sun to dry.
This recipe did fairly OK; however, it did put a pink cast to the fabric. With further rinsing and probably more time out in the sun that color would fade (the sample as actually faded with time as well) but it would be a treatment you might not want to use on white or very light colored fabrics. After the lemon juice, it’s probably the best at removing the most of the ink stain but as you can see the ink stain is still very much present just faded slightly.
A. Olive Oil – Gone
B. Red Wine – Mostly gone
C. Mustard Sauce – OK
D. Green Sauce – OK
E. Blood – OK
F. Mud – Mostly gone
G. Beeswax – Not Good
H. Iron Gall Ink – OK
|Gone||No noticeable trace of stain remaining|
|Mostly gone||The stain has mostly been removed but there is a slight discoloration|
|OK||The stain has been lightened but there is still a noticeable discoloration.|
|Not Good||No change or the stain is still very noticeable.|