Beachy's Perma Flo

Boiled front shirts were bib-front (often pleated) dress shirts worn by men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries so heavily starched that they had to be boiled when laundered.  That was probably the last great era of heavy starch.  To give a very stiff hand to fabric today, we are doing it the way they did then, with powdered cornstarch boiled on the stove, the fabric dipped and dried.  Amish-made Beachy's Perma Flo, sent to us from Arthur, Illinois, is a great product – simple, clean,  and in keeping with our commitment to using 100% natural materials.

Two-pound bag of Beachy's Perma Flo.  Photo 2013.