Friday, November 25, 2011

Laundry Days of Old

Laundry Days Of Old

1.Build fire in back yard to heat kettle of rain water.

2. Set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind is pert

3. Shave one whole cake of Lye soap in boiling water.

4. Sort things, make 3 piles. I pile white, 1 pile colored and one pile work britches and rags.

5.  To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

6. Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then boil. Rub colored, don't boil, just rinse and starch.

7. Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinse and starch.

8. Hang old rags on fence.

9. Spread tea towels on grass.

10. Pour rinse water in flower bed.

11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

12. Turn tubs upside down.

13. Go put on clean dress. Smooth hair with combs. Brew cup of tea and sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time you think things are bleak, read it again,


First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet- those two holers used to get mighty cold!

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. I'm glad for my washing machine, but I admit, I love hanging my laundry to dry. Good post!

  2. I am very thankful for my modern washer and dryer. As someone who grew up with an outhouse (I was 15 before we had an indoor bathroom)... it can and does get mighty cold in the winter having to use that necessary. We only had a one-holer though. lol Unfortunately, we also had a chamber pot that was kept in my room because my room was the central room of the house (old shotgun style house.. no doors, nor hallways, no closets... just one room opened into another. Guess who had the pleasure of empty that disgusting thing every morning... yep, yours truly. So I am very thankful to have an indoor bathroom that I don't have to trod out in deep snow, or a slippery path of mud or ice with that thing. Been there done that and had to take a bath a time or too because of it. eewwwwwww.

  3. I don't think we appreciate how easy everything is today. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I love it that clothes HAD to be made well in those days. Now days, the clothes would just fall apart.

  5. Wow, what a fabulous post! I love to be reminded of things to be grateful for. I'll add that to my gratitude list.


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