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Thread: How to wash your clothes (in case you don't know)

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    Super Member Eddie's Avatar
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    The following is directions for washing clothes that a Kentucky grandmother gave to a new bride many years ago, transcribed exactly as written. We live a pretty good life these days. :D

    1: Bilt fire in backyard to heet kettle of rain water.
    2: Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
    3: Shave one hole cake of lie soa put in boiliní water
    4: Sort things - make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile cullord, 1 pile work britches and rags.
    5: To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
    6: Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and bile, then rub colored, donít bile, just rench and starch.
    7: Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then rench, blew and starch.
    8: Hang old rags on fence.
    9: Spread tea towels on grass.
    10: Pore rench water in flour bed.
    11: Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.
    12: Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count blessins.

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    Whew! Made me tired just reading it! We certainly are lucky these days!

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    Wow! It feels like I'm working on my family history! We really do take our conveniences for granted. I, for one, am thankful for my modern washing machine!

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    Well that was tiring! I will never complain again about my laundry piles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    The following is directions for washing clothes that a Kentucky grandmother gave to a new bride many years ago, transcribed exactly as written. We live a pretty good life these days. :D

    1: Bilt fire in backyard to heet kettle of rain water.
    2: Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
    3: Shave one hole cake of lie soa put in boiliní water
    4: Sort things - make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile cullord, 1 pile work britches and rags.
    5: To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
    6: Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and bile, then rub colored, donít bile, just rench and starch.
    7: Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then rench, blew and starch.
    8: Hang old rags on fence.
    9: Spread tea towels on grass.
    10: Pore rench water in flour bed.
    11: Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.
    12: Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count blessins.
    How blessed we are!!!!!! :thumbup:

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    I'm ready to brew that cup of tea after reading that! We sure have it so much easier these days!

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    This is the way my mother did the wash when I was a kid.

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    Brings back memories.

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    Makes me ashamed of when I complain about having to do my laundry :oops:

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