Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Warshing" Clothes Recipe



I received this from a friend and it harkened me back to the days when I recall my grandmother doing laundry in her "wringer'style"machine.  She always joked about having gotten her boobs caught in the wringer from time to time and that's why they were was so long.  Well, I've learned the natural way that wasn't true.  I've never owned a wringer style machine and I went from a 38 DD to a 42 Long with just the help of gravity. Maybe it was just Granny's way of preparing me for life.  *smile*

 This "recipe" takes things back even before those types of machines were invented. Thought I'd share this piece of fun and see if it brought back some memories for you, too.



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.

   WARSHING  CLOTHES

    

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 starch.

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, rock a spell, and count yore blessings.

   "Warshing"  Clothes Recipe
    
                       
   
Paste  this over your washer and dryer. The next time you  think things are bleak, read 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.

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