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Wendyl's Factsheet: Bluing Powder

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Bluing Powder

In Nana’s day she would blue her sheets by using a blueing powder which she added to the final rinse. She would have been lost without her Bluo, as it was called. These days we can no longer get it so I set about creating my own recipe for it. You will need to get the pigment Prussian Blue from an art supply store.

This is truly amazing stuff. It isn’t a soaker, instead it creates a pigment exchange where the blue pigment swaps with the grey/yellow pigment which is making your whites grubby looking.


Mix 3 cups of  baking soda with half a teaspoon of Prussian Blue powder. Store in an airtight container. 

For one set of sheets, add a teaspoon of the mixture to the final rinse of your wash, making sure the bowl is full first. If you’re washing more than a set of sheets, increase the amount of blueing powder accordingly.