Friday, May 7, 2010

WASH DAY ECONOMIES, by Bess M. Rowe, 1933

77 year old laundry advice...

1) One clever farm woman has a laundry bag in each bedroom. This makes it easy for each member of the family to put his or her soiled clothes directly into the bags and it is a simple matter, at the end of the week, to collect the laundry. She says it makes for more orderly bedrooms and saves her a lot of picking up.

2) A special cupboard for laundry supplies is a convenience. It can be made easily from an apple box or orange crate.

3) You will find good laundry soaps on the market in bar, flake and powder forms. Whichever form you use, it is more economical to buy in quantity. Bar soap should be stored in a dry place, and should be shaved and melted into a soap jelly the day before wash day.

4) If sheets, pillow slips, towels and other flat household linens are folded carefully before they are put through the wringer and are hung straight, they can be folded as taken from the line, thus saving hours of ironing. And nothing can compare with the fresh, sweet fragrance of these sun-and-air dried clothes!

5) On cold winter days, handkerchiefs can be fastened together with a safety pin. They can then be hung up and taken down quickly and do not freeze on the line.

6) If you boil a new clothesline in soapy water for a few minutes, it will be softer and easier to handle and will last longer.

7) In the winter your hands will not get so cold if you heat the clothespins hot before hanging up the clothes.

8) Wiping the line with a cloth wrung out of vinegar will lessen clothes from sticking to the line in cold weather.

9) If you are in the market for a new power washer, you will find that there are now two types of wringer attachments. The roller wringer has been standard equipment for years, but today it is more efficient than ever and, on all reputable machines, is provided with a safety device to release the rollers in case of need.

10) The second type of drying attachment is what is known as the "spinner dryer." It is new as far as household washing machines are concerned, but it is based on the old, old principle of centrifugal force; that is, it "spins" or whirls out the water in the washed clothes instead of squeezing it out. Dealers in your community will no doubt be glad to let you try out each type of wringer or dryer at home.

1 comment:

gail said...

Hello Laurie,

I remember when we moved onto our sheep farm about 30 years ago, I had a ringer washing machine. It was second hand and had previously been used in my Dad's printing factory to wash all the old ink rags. It took quite a bit of cleaning up but it worked well and cost us nothing which was good because we had no spare money to but such luxuries. We had it for many years and I loved it and yes I did get my fingers caught in the ringers a couple of times. I used to leave our sheets on the clothes line overnight in winter because the frost would make them snowy white. We now live back in the country and I love to hang the washing on the line. It smells lovely and full of sunshine when I bring it in. I always fold the washing straight away as Bess recommended for the sheets. It really does mean you can then just wave the iron over most things. Back then I made my own soap for washing as well. My grandmother always put the hankies on the side of the bath tub to dry and then she would just fold them up as they had no creases. Great memories.

Blessings Gail