Sunday, February 3, 2013

washing clothes

We used to wash pretty much like this when we lived on the ranch in Kansas.  Dad would hitch the mule and would bring water up from the river.  The fire would be built the next morning (long before I awoke) and the clothes would be washed pretty much like the recipe below.  I remember when we got a wringer washer.  Mom was ecstatic.   

"Warshing"  Clothes Recipe

Never  thought of a "warsher" in this light before...what a  blessing!
   "Warshing  Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for  this!
Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the  new bride the following recipe
exactly  as written and found in an old scrapbook with  spelling errors and all.

Build  fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain  water.
Set  tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is  pert.
Shave  one hole cake of lie soap in boilin  water.

Sort things, make 3 piles -- 1 pile  white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and  rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool  water to smooth, then thin down with boiling  water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on  board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't  boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out  of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and  starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread  tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in  flower bed.
   Scrub  porch with hot soapy water.

Turn tubs upside  down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with  hair combs.
Brew  cup of tea, sit, rock a spell, and count yore  blessings.

"Warshing"  Clothes Recipe
Paste  this over your washer and dryer. The next time you  think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that  washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. The  first thing each morning ,you should run and hug  your washer and dryer.
  For  non-Southerners - wrench means rinse  

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