Doing the Wash: Grandmother’s “Receet”
Laundering instructions from a time when the only “appliance” was a scrub board!
1.Bild fire in back yard to heet kettle of rain water.
2.Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3.Shave one hole cake lie soap in billin water.
4.Sort things, make three piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile cullord, 1 pile work britches and rags.
5.Stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with billin water.
6.Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile. Rub cullord but don’t bile -- just rench and starch.
7.Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
8.Spred tee towles on grass.
9.Hang old rags on fence.
10.Pore rench water in flower bed.
11.Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
12.Turn tubs upside down.
13.Got put on cleen dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee. Set and rest a spell and count your blessins.
We've been without our washer for nearly two weeks. It's supposed to be fixed on Tuesday, now that the parts have arrived. In the meantime, we've been taking our clothes to the laundromat about a mile from our house -- and reminding myself that at least I'm not scrubbin' the stuff with a washboard! So I'm countin' my blessin's!