Another good way to take out spots out of clothes with a lye.

Take 3 pintes of water, and put therein halfe a pound of pot ashes, and stirre it well altogether. Let it so stand the space of foure dayes, but yee must in euerie day stirre it 3 or foure times. So done, powre forth the cleere water from the ashes, and put off galles therein, then it will waxe a greene: but if you will haue it a blacke, then put a little soote to soake in faire water, and put that blacke water therein. With this warmed, yee may wash your spotty places in any place of your clothes, and it will take it forth faire and cleane.

Citation Type  Cleaning Recipe
Citation Year 1602