Advert For Justin's Quillaia, Stain Remover
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for Justin’s Quillaia, ‘The infallible stain eradicator’. 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 and removing stains. Stains were usually soaked in an alkaline solution and were rubbed with soaps as well as with a variety of more unusual items such as vegetables, alcohol and even coal. Justin’s Quillaia would have made the job much faster and easier.