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Grandmother's Washing Instructions

Here are laundering instructions from a time when the only "appliance" was a scrub board.

1912 Washday

ADVICE TO A 1912 BRIDE

Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a bride the following recipe for washing clothes

  1. Bild fire in back yard to heet kettle of rainwater.
  2. Set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind is pert.
  3. Shave one hole cake lie soap in billin water.
  4. Sort things, make three piles. 1 pile white. 1 pile cullord. 1 pile work britches and rags.
  5. Stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with billin water.
  6. Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile. Rub cullord but don't bile -- just rench and starch.
  7. Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
  8. Spred tee towels on grass.
  9. Hang old rags on fence.
  10. Pour rench water in flower bed.
  11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
  12. Turn tubs upside down.
  13. Go put on cleen dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee -- set and rest a spell and count your blessins.
Photo Credit...Ken Russell

Hang this above your automatic washer, and when things look bleak, read it again, and count your blessings!

And you thought Mondays were the worst day of the week.....

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