Thursday, August 21, 2008


This week I have at least four loads of laundry to do and I've not only been putting it off, I've been lamenting the fact that laundry has been solely my job for all the years I've been married. I surely don't think that's going to change anytime soon. Instead of getting busy and facing the task at hand, I decided to play on the computer first. Can you say "procrastination"?
While checking email, I came across something sent by my cousin Jeanette. Low and behold, it's about doing the "warsh". It couldn't have been sent at a better time. I don't know who the original author is, nor do I know who found it or resurrected it. I searched and found it on some other web sites, so I will assume it's not private domain. I think it's good to stop and think about how fortunate we are to have modern appliances that help us with those mundane tasks we often dread. This is a good reminder of how things used to be. I will be counting my blessings today as I tackle the laundry.
'Warshing Clothes Recipe' - Imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !

Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave a 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 don't boil just wrench (rinse) and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench (rinse), 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.

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