This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes So Early Monday Morning
Mrs. Julia McNair Wright wrote in her 1879 book The Complete Home: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Life & Affairs:
“Remember that washing is very hard work; more young women break down their strength with washing than with any other toil. If young women would only remember not to mix together work with washing; if they would not hurry too much to be ‘smart about getting done;’ if they would lighten the task by soaking the clothes, and by using a clothes–wringer…instead of straining their chests and ruining their backs by lifting whole tubs of water, or boilers of clothes, or by carrying to the line a basket heaped with wet clothes…we should have fewer broken–down women.”
Old Time Laundry Tips:
To Remove Candle Grease
Candle grease yields to a warm iron. Place a piece of blotting paper or other absorbing paper under the absorbing fabric; put a piece of the paper also on the spot, apply the warm iron to the paper and as soon as a spot of grease appears, move the paper and press again until the spot disappears.
Remove Grease From Clothes
Mix four tablespoons of alcohol with one tablespoonful of salt; shake together until the salt is dissolved and apply with a sponge.
To Remove Grease
Cut a very ripe tomato and rub material over a kitchen table. Tomato juice will also remove stains from and whiten the hands.
To Remove Wagon Axle Grease
Lard will remove wagon grease. Rub the spot with the lard as if washing it, and when it is well out, wash in the ordinary way with soap and water until thoroughly cleansed.
To Make Linen Beautifully White
Prepare the water for washing by putting into every ten gallons a large handful of powdered borax; or boil with the clothes one teaspoonful of spirits of turpentine.
To Remove Tar from Cloth
Saturate the spot and rub it well with turpentine, and every trace of tar will be removed.
Today's Monday, today's Monday
Monday is washing day
Is ev'rybody happy?
You bet your life we are.
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