- soaking my tired dry feet in it so the skin becomes baby smooth
- removing grease from my clothes (like the Romans until they got soap from the Germans)
- making my home-made bread rise and my beer foam
- making fireworks or other explosives
- making an emergency gas mask like the soldiers in the trenches at Ypres (actually not a good idea - the reaction with ammonia just made things worse)
- using it as a mordant to prepare cloth for dyeing
- using it to remove hair from dead animal skins
Listening to an interview with Sally Magnusson on BBC Radio 4 last week was what got me thinking about all this. Sally Magnusson has written a book about the subject, 'The Life of Pee' published last month.From her I leant that according to information from The Welsh National Wool Museum (Carmarthan), Methodist urine was worth more than non-Methodist urine. This is because Methodists didn't drink alcohol. The urine of teetotallers cleaned woollen cloth better. One lives and learns.