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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 3:04 PM


I was sent this via e-mail this morning. Yup, the good ol' days, huh?

*Warshing 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.
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 dont 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


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"

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 3:29 PM

I love it! Thank the good Lord for washers and dryers!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.5 - Posts: 687)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 3:43 PM

Wow, Bev, what an ordeal just to do laundry. I love my washer and dryer. LOL
Thanks for posting!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Mon, 8th Dec '08 4:23 PM

When I was young we had it a little better - my mother hauled water from the well to the house and put the kettles on the old wood range, then the water was hauled to the back step where my dad had pushed the wringer washing machine. No electricity, so the machine had a gas-powered engine on it. the process of washing was about the same. My mother made lye soap all the years we were on the farm (she even had some left over when she died - you wouldn't believe how those bars of lye soap sold on the estate auction). But we were lucky and had a clothesline. The laundry was hung on the line no matter what the weather. I can remember taking in the laundry in freezing sleet and snow and the long johns (long underwear) frozen stiff as a board with the arms frozen in whatever direction the wind was blowing.

We always called it warshing clothes. It took me many years to get the "r" out of the wash!

My grandmother also called recipes receipts. Interesting the words once used now mea something else or have been discarded.

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