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I've bleached, I've rinsed in very hot water, I've soaped and rinsed again....but I can't get the lingering scent of something fruity (dare I say wine?) from this old jug of my great-grandmother's. Don't really know how old it is, but it was empty when we got it, nothing smelled like anything was...erm...growing or deteriorating in there. We replaced the cork, washed a billion times, and now that it's all dry and ready to go...it still has that wine-y or fruity smell. I can't see inside of it to see if there's any residue, and I don't have a scrubber thin enough or long enough to reach the bottom.

We would like to be able to use it for reenacting at some point But I'm too nervous to drink whatever comes out of it yet, even though water comes out clean looking. Maybe I'm just a wimp.

Any ideas on what to do here?

6 comments:

Mrs. G said...

No suggestions really but be careful using very old stoneware, it can have lead content that leaches out. ;-( I only use my old crocks for dry things like crackers or fruit or dried vegetables.

Paris

Historical Ken said...

Thank you, Paris, for that important
info.
Last year I used a very old butter churn (from 1900 or thereabouts) for what it was made a couple of times...no more!

Mrs. G said...

According to the AGSAS, 2 tone jugs aren't considered to be correct for the time period most of us portray. I'm not sure I might not use one anyway with the dearth of correct repros out there though, but I did want to throw that out there.

Paris
who had reread this several times because she's afraid she sounds snarky but honestly isn't trying to be. ;-)

Historical Ken said...

No no no - - - thank you for the info! I appreciate it.
Please tell me the type of butter churn we should have...wooden? Stoneware?
I have tried to get the info and have had multiple answers.
What have you found, and what is AGSAS?
Snarky? Naw...just one who wants to share information! Thanks.

Zebu said...

Hi Amy,

Have you tried white vinegar and baking soda? I would pour some in and swish around then pour out and repeat several times. I would then let a nice amount of vinegar-baking-soda solution sit in it over night.

Just read Mrs. G's post...Hmmm...does make one wonder.

Mrs. G said...

AGSAS is the Atlantic Guard Soldiers Aid Society, a very well respected civilian group with some very researched topics on their website. Sorry I don't have the address, we lost all of our info in the latest crash. :-(


Paris