rummaging for spare samples that could be used for mending my increasingly threadbare clothing i found that one of the cats had "forgotten itself" and anointed this one with a particularly pungent and unpleasant emission.
i could have hurled it onto the compost but it seemed a good opportunity to do a wash-fastness test
i put the sample into a jar with very hot water and a bit of "Sard wonder soaker" just to see what would happen
forgot it overnight
rinsed this morning
and discovered that
rather than the colour being removed
it actually seemed to have been enhanced
[the brown of the onion having deepened with added reddish tones]
was it the cat pee [ a known mordant] or
the Wonder Soaker
a combination of the two
usually i would simply have used eucalyptus oil in water
but younger generations have stocked the laundry with the soaking goo
to get their shearing dungas clean
so i helped myself to a little...all in the interests of research.