Vol. VI, Episode 20
Join Will, Jeremy, and Felicia as they mix some whitewash, discuss its benefits, and then paint a coop.
Civil War era Whitewash Recipe
Here is the recipe that was used:
- Water: 3 to 3.5 quarts
- Salt: 2 oz
- Sulfate of Zinc: 4 oz
- Hydrated Lime: 5 lbs
CAUTION: We recommend buying hydrated lime. To hydrate your own lime has some inherent dangers, such as extremely high temperatures that can reach 300 degrees.
Also, please wear gloves, a mask, and safety glasses while mixing the whitewash.
Benefits of Using Whitewash
There are many benefits to using period whitewash.
- Zinc acts as an anti-mildew agent and will help protect the wood.
- Lime deters insects thus helping keep farm areas like a chicken coop clean and healthy.
- Whitewash was also used in soldiers' barracks to help keep the living quarters sanitary.
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