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Washing Clothes Recipe'

Monday, July 30, 2007


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.

Next time when you think things are bleak, 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. :)
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  • NANJUN
    MEMORIES,MEMORIES, LOL
    I REMEMBER THE OLD BLACK WASH POT. IN SUMMER WE COOKED FIGS IN SAME WASH POT.
    WHEN I WAS FIRST MARRIED I WASHED CLOTHES IN THE BATHTUB WITH A RUB BOARD
    THESE "HARDSHIPS " DIDNT HURT US IN ANY WAY, JUST MAKES US WNT TO HUG THE WASHER AND DRYER TODAY
    5066 days ago
  • MARIANNER
    I Love It!!!! I remember "making starch" when I was a little kid and I also remember the "two seaters" - gotta go now and hug my washer, dryer and the "one seater"!!

    Marianne
    5067 days ago
  • JOEGIRL6113
    Ramona, this is a great inspiration! I never had to use a wash board but I did you the old wringer washers and "wrench" tubs! Thanks for sharing. Rosy
    5070 days ago
  • LIBRAGIRL924
    One of my best friends is from Alabama...she'd totally get a kick out of this. *LOL*
    5070 days ago
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