You might recall entry number 116 from Grandma’s Diary that everyone found so interesting:
Dec. 16, 1923 – At home all day. Washed woolens in gasoline.
Evidently this was a fairly common practice, but was maybe not such a good idea. This video is from 1941. It will start playing at the right segment when you click on it. Or you can play it from the start if you want.