Warshing Clothes & Literacy Musing Mondays Link-up

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My Brother sent this to me a while back thought I would share, it is pretty funny and I can not imagine haha. We really do have it pretty easy now days.

“Warshing Clothes Recipe” — imagine having a recipe for this!
Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe exactly 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, rock a spell, and count yore blessings.


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10 Replies to “Warshing Clothes & Literacy Musing Mondays Link-up”

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      Thanks, Yes so glad that we don’t have to do that now 🙂
      Have a great day,

  1. Aileen Stewart

    Funny, but I cringe at the word “warshing”. My mother used to pronounce it warsh, and I would tell her there is no “r” in wash. She just laughed.

    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      That’s funny I think a lot of the older people did. lol

  2. Brandi Raae

    I remember washing my doll clothes outside with buckets of soapy water and clean water. It was fun to hang them up to dry. My daughter also had fun doing this a few years ago. When it’s play, it’s fun. 😉 Glad I don’t really have to do that, though. Thankful for modern conveniences!

  3. Jann Olson

    Love it! Yes, it’s very important to put on a clean dress. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Debbie Kitterman

    I love how historical this feels! My kids’ school used to take a field trip to a place that taught them what it was like to live as pilgrims and they played with washing boards just like the ones you mentioned! Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week. See you next time!