Saturday, November 6, 2010

Times have changed!

Post this over your washing machine!

“Warshing" Clothes Recipe...

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

WARSHING 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.
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.

For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)



Susan said...

Becky, I love this! Reminds me of the early 50's when I helped my grandmother at the old wringer washer. We collected rain water in a barrel to wash our clothes in. Thanks for the memories, and yes, I would trade just about every appliance in my kitchen if I could only have a warsher.

Jan said...

I often get nostalgic for times I don't even remember. But then I think about laundry day, outdoor privies, and other not so pleasant aspects of those times.

Tatersmama said...

Becky I love it! I don't like housework, but I do love doing laundry for some reason!
A couple of years before I moved over here, I lived way back in the mountains and we had no electricity - so I did laundry the old fashioned way! IF I was feeling lazy, I hooked the old wringer warsher up to the generator, but most times I just did it the hard way, and had the muscles to prove it!
(safety tip for you : Always wear a bra when using the wringer!)

Sandy said...

Wow, that was interesting. I thought I had it rough when I had to go to a laundry mat. I sure am blessed to be able to have one here at home now.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

This is soooo cool
Wouldn't it be a neat poster?


Mountain Woman said...

Oh, my goodness! If I had to follow those instructions everyone would be dirty forever. Here's to modern conveniences.

Mountain Woman said...

Just dropping by to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

From Mountain Woman and the turkeys