Washing Clothes Recipe

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by olefin, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Never thought of a "washer" in this light before..what a blessing!

    'Washing Clothes Recipe' -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !

    Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:

    This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


    WASHING CLOTHES

    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 and rock a spell and count your blessings.
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    Paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

    For you non-southerners -wrench means rinse. :big_smile:

    AND WE THOUGHT WE HAVE IT ROUGH

    (I can remember my mom doing her washing using all most the same recipe, Dayton)
     
  2. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    very good i knew a woman who still washed her clothes the old fasion way :lol: up untill a couple years ago when she moved in with her niece in the city she was 93
     

  3. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Weren't only Alabama Grandmothers... mine was from Spearfish SD...:big_smile:
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    Never put your finger where you wouldn't put your nose.
     
  4. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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    Let my wife read the post to let her know how lucky she is...
    Wasn't one of my best ideas....... lol
    Great post........
     
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Nice to know how they used to do it Dayton, thanks for sharing buddy.
     
  6. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    And to think we whine when the lint screen needs cleanin! LOL! Great post.
     
  7. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Makes a body grateful for their modern convienences.I'm training my teenage daughters to take care of the home as I believe it's their place as women. Man the way they whine,they don't know what rough is.I remember my mama training me and she would carry buckets of cold water from the hand pump and put it the old wringer washer,and then we'd have to hang clothes on the line. But as I look back those were the days!!:smile2: