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“Warshing” Clothes Recipe – Believe it or not – there really is one!

Warshing Clothes

(I know washing is misspelled but that is the way you say it in some parts of the south)

Never thought of a “warsher” in this light before…what a blessing!

“Warshing Clothes Recipe” – imagine having a recipe for this!

Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe exactly as written and found in an old scrapbook with spelling errors and all.washing-clothes

A GREAT 1970’s INSTRUCTION BOOK ON [ SEARS ] KENMORE LAUNDRY GUIDE FOR YOUR NE AUTOMATIC DRYER

WARSHING CLOTHES RECIPE

Build fire in backyard to heat the 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.washing clothes3

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 starch.

Hang old rags on fence.laundry drying 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, rock a spell, and count yore blessings.

Washing clothesPaste this over your washer and dryer. The next time you think things are bleak, rad it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. The first thing each morning, you should run and hug your washer and dryer.

For non-Southerners – wrench means rinse.

This was emailed to Alabama Pioneers by Martha A. Simpson of Texas

 

 

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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