Scotland Tip of the Day 4

I picked this tip up from an actual Highlander, and yes, I know there are easier and less smelly ways to do this now a days, but if you feel like going old school...a way to clean and waterproof your kilt is to wash it in human urine! Yes, it's true. Back in the old days of the clans of Scotland, kilts were only washed once a year. The winter kilt was washed in the spring and the summer kilt was washed in the fall, and the were indeed washed in urine. I'm sure glad I wasn't visiting Scotland back then!

Comments

Amanda said…
Waterproof?!? Who knew?
Anonymous said…
lol I hope they at least boil it to get rid of the bacteria.
Pete said…
This sounds like a great Scottish joke that they play on Americans.
CGrim said…
The waterproofing part, mostly. Here's what Wikipedia has:

"The ancient Romans used urine as a bleaching agent for cleaning clothes, and, supposedly, a few people in what is now Spain used it as a teeth whitener. In Scotland, it was used to wash wool to prevent it from shrinking."

Also:

"In cases of kidney or urinary tract infection (UTI), the urine will contain bacteria, but otherwise urine is virtually sterile and nearly odorless when it leaves the body."

And:

"Urban myth states that urine works well against jellyfish stings, although in reality it is at best ineffective and in some cases may actually make the injury worse."


**Knowledge!**
Jay said…
Ah, urine. The panacea of our time™. I had thought urine was sterile. Remember that line from "Dodgeball?"

Patches O'Hoolihan: Necessary? Is it NECESSARY that I drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway. It's sterile and I like the taste.
Jules said…
EXCELLENT timing on the Dodgeball quote. there's never been a more perfect opportunity to reference it.
Jay said…
Jules, it's true. And I must say, I am continually amazed at the word "urine"'s ability to garner more comments on TodD. :-)
Amanda said…
"nearly odorless" - how can this be?!? I've been in houses where animal urine is certainly not nearly odorless.

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