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I used to fetch Rinso Washing powder and Sunlite soap for my Mom from Parker and Osbournes on Summer Row, and leave it on the windowsill of the brew house and run, just in case I was given the job of turning the handle of the mangle
Before we had modern laundry detergents with optical brighteners, there was a mysterious little blue bag which was stirred around in the final rinse water on washday. This was laundry bluing or blue. A factory-produced block was the "modern" (mid-19th century onwards), commercial version of older recipes for whitening clothes. It disguised any hint of yellow and helped the household linen look whiter than white.
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Red Cardinal polish, back in the days when everybody swept the pavement in front of their house and then swilled it down with a couple of buckets of water & disinfectant. Then gave the front step and windowsill a good coat of Red Cardinal.