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Tudor Cleaning Quiz

This quiz should be nice and easy if you listened to my recent Claire Chats video on cleaning and doing the washing in Tudor times. Good luck!

Tudor cleaning

Q1) What could be sprinkled on fur which had stiffened during storage to soften it?

Lavender oil

Soapy water

Milk

Wine

Q2) What was the name for the process of soaking linen in lye?

Lying

Tilting

Bucking

Malting

Q3) Lye was made from mixing water with potash and filtering it, but what was potash?

Dried soapwort

Fermented urine

Burnt straw

Wood ash

Q4) Starch was made from cereals or from .......

Nettles

Cuckoo pint

Dandelions

Acorns

Q5) Which of these plants was used for scouring pots?

Mare's Tail

Thyme

Rosemary

Marjoram

Q6) A damp cloth dipped in ....... could also be used for scouring pots.

Salt

Bicarbonate of soda

Chalk

Sand

Q7) Which type of leaf did the Goodman of Paris recommend laying on the floor to catch fleas?

Sycamore

Alder

Oak

Ash

Q8) English soap was made from boiling lye and .........

Animal fat

Soap wort

Olive oil

Sunflower oil

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Tudor Cleaning Quiz