To Anne Buck, author of Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories, and first Keeper of The Gallery of English Costume, Manchester.
The question 'How did Victorian woman clean her clothes?' is too often answered either by 'She gave them to her servants to clean.' or by 'She didn't.' (Introduction)
The reign of Queen Victoria spanned sixty-four years, from 1837 to 1901. (Text)
This was certainly the case with the Dodson family, where, on the occasion of a visit from relatives, 'Martha was enjoined to have Mrs Tulliver's room ready an hour earlier than usual, that the laying-out of the best clothes might not be deferred till the last moment, as was sometimes the case in families of lax views, where the ribbon-strings were never rolled up, where there was little or no wrapping in silver paper, and where the sense that the Sunday clothes could be got at quite easily produced no shock to the mind.'