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'Warshing Clothes'


Came in email, can't verify orign but have seen laundry done by that method long ago.  Modern appliances are a blessing often taken for granted unless we know otherwise.


"WarshingClothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! ! Yearsago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:this is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - withspellingerrorsand 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 holecake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3piles

1 pile white,

1 pile colored,

1 pile work britches and rags.

To makestarch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down withboiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots onboard, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrenchand starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stickhandle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags onfence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Porewrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on cleandress, smooth hair with hair combs.. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock aspell and count your blessings.


Pastethis over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things arebleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and givethanks.. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washerand dryer.  ROFL

Foryou non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)


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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - August 31, 2009, 4:07 pm
That's cute ;-). I'm glad for the wrench translation at the end. I have a book "How to Speak Southern", wonder if that's in there?
konaneComment by konane - August 31, 2009, 5:00 pm
Thanks TigerAngel!! There are many southern dialects, some of which I don't understand and I've lived in the deep south all my life. Think wrench is probably a rural south term.

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