Advert For May's Washing Powder
Medium: Print on paper
Before the 19th century, repeated washing with soap could actually damage clothes; soaps contained large quantities of soda and many materials were very fragile. However it was still very important to wash away dirt and sweat as these, if left would rot the clothes. As the century progressed and there was a greater understanding of chemistry more and more varieties of soap powder were introduced to ease the job of washing the clothes. Although soap flakes were not introduced until the 1900s powders like May’s, featured on this leaflet, were the most effective means of removing stains on dirty linen.