Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday wash day

At the House that we moved here from we had a nice but tiny Laundry Room.
Along with the more modern Washer and Dryer I kept the Speed Queen
Wringer Washer that I grew up with. It served quite well for
 hand washables.

Wash on Monday
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity,
 so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.
Iron on Tuesday
Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have
collected though the years so that I may see the beauty in others.
Mend on Wednesday
Lord help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.
Churn on Thursday
Oh Lord churn and search my heart, create it pure
and clean renewing a right spirit in me
Clean on Friday
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been
hiding in the secret corners of my heart.
Bake on Saturday
Help me, my Savior, to bake a big loaf of brotherly love
 and serve it clean, as the sweet bread of human kindness.

Church and Rest on Sunday
Lord, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart
 so I may spend the day, and the rest of my life, in your presence

The Re-enactors at Old Fort Niagara were happy to
demonstrate how the Laundry was done fore centuries

Without electricity this set of tubs and a
hand cranked antique wringer actually
work quite well!!

all you need is a good Laundry Plunger and a Washboard

When the ever faithful Speed Queen died HubbyBear picked up this
 loud heavy duty Kenmore. It cleaned well but the wringer was dangerous!
We brought it here to use until  HubbyBear could hook up the newer
Washer and Dryer. (there is no hook up in the utility room,
the old hook up was in the Butt'ry!
The Kenmore quit too (thank goodness) so...

...enter this BEAUTY from Craigslist that coast only $25.00!!!

This Wringer Washer was perfect and ready to use!!

With out laundry tubs canning pots serve well
and I love how the home made laundry soap cleans!

 1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
(or Zote or Ivory)
 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
 1/2 Cup Borax
(optional: 2Ts Baking Powder)

For light loads
 use 1 tablespoon.
For heavier or soiled loads
 use 2 tablespoons.
 this saves money and cleans well!
(I like powder, using a fine almost
powder Fels Naptha grate)

Have you ever tried Bluing?

For pre soaking with Bleach or Borax you'll need wash basins...
 when soaking with bleach you can neutralise
the corrosion effect of the bleach
by re-soaking in a vinegar rinse
using the equal parts as was used for bleach
1/4 c Bleach to 1 gal water
then rinse with
1/4 c Vinegar to 1 gal water 

Wringer Washers are energy and cost effective

You use the same water for up to 4 loads,
(provided they are small)
starting with whites, then light colors
darks then work clothes and cleaning rags
You have the control of how long to run the agitator.

A "laundry stick" is essential! 

To prevent buttons from breaking or jamming
the wringer,
 folding them twice straight inward
will run smooth through the rollers

rinse, and then run through

for a second rinse

once thoroughly rinsed,
wring once more for hanging and drying
The best wringer washers are equipped with a pump
 that empties the used water into the sink to drain
and always remember to pop the rollers when finished!

During the Winter months I used the Kitchen and Butt'ry
for drying...

Some would say that this is
 hard time consuming work
But I see it as relaxing and a bit meditative

 Soon I shall be hanging the clothes outside as
our Amish neighbors do!

Mommy plans to do a demonstration
 on starching for another post!

Mildred Mousiekin preferres not to use electricity


 I think the Wringer Washer looks quite pretty in the kitchen!

    Missy Mousiekin LOVES to help Mama on Monday Wash Day!!

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"Seize the Joy"

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and be in health,
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that thou mayest prosper
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Mom’s Monday Wash Day

I remember when I was a little girl
When Monday’s came around
The kind of washing machine that we had
Made a very distinctive kind of sound

It made a certain sound as it washed
The rhythm steady and strong
For my mom this was the day
She’d wash clothes all day long

To get the clothes so nice and clean
She’d grate the orange soap in strings
I can smell that pungent odor
Oh, what wonderful memories it brings

But only the folks born sometime ago
Understand that old machine
The tub was filled right to the top
As I look back it was very hot it seems

I remember the stationary tubs too
And the fresh water there was within
The soapy clothes went through the wringer
Yes, at that time it was the trend

My mind goes back so long ago
I smile as I remember the phrase
Folks used to set their schedule
For Monday was usually wash day!
                                     Marilyn Lott

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Learn how soap was made before you were born !! ;-)

                                     Hope you enjoyed!! Love Hugs and Blessings Linnie