Monday, June 15, 2009
Monday is normally "wash day" here on Honeysuckle Farm....Loads of sheets, pillowcases, and other laundry to be tended to. I did a little but not the amount I usually do. I think the heat has made me too tired! I hope to get back on schedule and back to my daily plan tomorrow!
Actually laundry is one of my very favorite topics! I can remember my aunt doing her washing, and hanging it on the line...she said that every housewife wanted the "whitest" wash hanging on the line.
WASH DAY RECIPE
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 boilin water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then boil. Rub colored, don’t boil, just rinse and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinse, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore rinse 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.
And for really whitening my wash I use:
Mrs. Stewart's Bluing
A few days ago I happened to find a picture of my "ideal" washing machine on Lehman's website. Mr. Honeysuckle thinks I'd regret it....LOL But, I would LOVE to have it! The only problem....it is $949.00! Wow! I'm sure it would have costed WAY less than that "back in the day".
Pure Mild Lye Soap
I have the ingredients to make some old fashioned lye soap, and would like to know if any of you have tried it... And I'm wondering if you use it for bathing or just doing laundry?
CLEVER IDEAS FOR WASHDAY
Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest