Monday, June 8, 2009

Wash Day Memories!


My Aunt Patricia wrote the following (glad I missed out on washing clothes this way!)

I can remember Grandma Simpson and Mom getting out their wringer washer and two rinse tubs on wash day. They used, what looked like a cut off broom handle, to pick the wet clothes up out of the rinse water and start them through the wringers.  They didn't want me near the wringer for fear I would get my arm caught in it. Mom would set up the washer and tubs on the "little porch," in the summer. I loved the wash day smell when I came home from school in the winter. The washer and tubs were set up in the kitchen and lines were strung through the dining room to hang the wet clothes on.  Oh my all the work for them on wash day though.  I don't think they had a recipe like this one though.  Just a verbal lesson passed down.

Never thought of a "washer" 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..


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, also your inside bathroom---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse




  1. it appeared that the machine can rip the shirts, and ate an arm, and even burned the motor from the washer Eexemple

  2. it appeared that the machine can rip the shirts, and ate an arm, and even burned the motor from the washer