Washing Clothes Recipe

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd

'Washing Clothes Recipe' -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the  following recipe:

This is an exact copy 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

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 and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Paste this over your washer and dryer.

Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss  that
washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.

For you non-southerners, wrench means rinse.


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