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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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

WATCH and LOVE JAYME from Tales From The Coop Keeper:

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

                                     Hope you enjoyed!! Love Hugs and Blessings Linnie


  1. My Mom had a wringer washer. I remember it well. But, she wouldn't let our little fingers near it. Your wringer washer is quite lovely. I have no dryer myself; the laundry gets hung outside under the cottage.

  2. Sounds like you had a delightful washing day! Thank you for the photos, as it was a pleasure to see this laundering process "in action."

  3. I have used the old wringer type washers in the past...I love the fact you could let your clothes wash as long as you liked then rinse them. I also have used a set of wash tubs to do my laundry as well. I love hanging clean clothes on the line...but,am not able to as much as I once was.
    This was a wonderful post...I had so much fun looking at all your great pictures. The ones of little Miss Mousiekin is just adorable while doing her wash....
    Blessings dear Linnie

  4. I just have to tell you that you have my complete admiration.. smile..
    My Mom used a wringer washer.. Sweet memories..So enjoyed this interesting post with so much information..
    Thank you...

  5. Dear Linnie...what a joy, to be able to find cleansing work for the hands and the heart! I find such contentment doing household chores...which are really not chores to me...for the house sparkles and smells so clean. It is quite refreshing to the spirit, I think.
    Much love to you and the little mousiekins;)

  6. Oh Linnie, Only you could make wash day seem like so much fun! I remember my moms old ringer washer, she used it outside on the back porch. I have a few antique washing tubs and ringers and such, I love them.Do you remember hating to hang the wash outside as a child?
    It was a hated chore for me,but these days I think I would love those wooden clothespins and the sheets blowing in the wind.

  7. I do remember how wringer washer and put rubber diapers through that wringer diapers and explodes and I ruined a couple of shirts
    Did you ever get anything caught in a wringer?or ruined a couple of shirts?

  8. MILDRED MOUSIEKIN has it RIGHT! And so do you my dear Linnie! These old methods of washing were a familiar sight in my childhood home where my mum never had to work OUTSIDE the home. She did everything by hand and I so miss that.

    I LOVE that week list of duties; oh how easy it is to stray away from the simplicity of using existing for the purpose that we were made FOR!!!!!!


  9. Wow this sure brought back memories of our washer. Growing up we had a the wash tubs with the hand wringer, then came the wringer washer. Many hands got caught in it until we learned to use it safely. My hand got caught in it once, that is all it took to learn how to not let it happen again. But wash day was fun with all the women in the house working together, singing and telling stories. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  10. I had to come back and look at this again. $25 off craigs list? I would love to have one. I bet you would have a good recipe for taking stains out of antique white linens???

  11. Hi,
    thank you so much for this wonderful post. I love it, all the old washing equipment and the soap recipe, wonderful !!!!
    Have a fantastic day. Blessings and a wonderful Easter to you.

  12. My dearest Linnie,

    PRAISE JESUS for coming to rescue us!!!! HAPPY LIFE/EASTER DAY! Anita

  13. Hi Linnie,
    Your post brought back many memories of my childhood. WE had a wood fired copper for boiling clothes and two tubs for rinsing.Then Mum progressed to an electric wringer washer...oh joy11
    When my Hubby and I moved into the house we live in now,45 years ago, there was a wood fired copper and two stationary tubs in the kitchen. One tub had a portable electric agitator in it and a wringer was bolted to the join between the tubs....voila! a washing machine.
    Unfortunately we didn't have a camera in those days and have no record of this set up, and it's been gone for 40 years now.
    Thank you for this lovely post
    Happy Easter
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  14. Oh Linnie, it is so refreshing to know that SOMEONE GOT the picture about the birds. THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND for reading between the lines! YES, that is to me, the loving hand of God stroking our fears.....PEACE AND PRAISE JESUS! Anita

  15. My first thought after reading this post was WHY?

    Why would you find it necessary to have such a time demanding and labour intensive washing procedure when you could use an automatic washing machine? I'm in favour of being a homemaking and homecaring woman but spend HOURS doing laundry? No. It just isn't necessary and is a waste of time that copuld be devoted to other worthy things.

  16. Hi Anonymous Kathryn,
    You missed one point, I don't have a hook up for my modern washer and dryer yet, so this is serving me quit lovely for now! And it is really quite quick!!
    Thanks for your input,
    Blessings to ya!

  17. Linnie! This post is wonderful! I will have to pin it to my "references" board on Pinterest for all the wonderful information! I have my grandmother's tub washer and wringer - not in working order - museum pieces - but I couldn't bear to see them go on a scrap heap when we had to empty the house after she passed at 101 years old! Such a stark reminder of old, slower days when things didn't have to happen so fast. How wonderful that you are able to remain in that time as a lifestyle. The Mousiekins are such a whimsical blessing! Thanks so much for posting! May you know God's richest blessings this Resurrection Weekend!

  18. A wonderful post dear Linnie!
    You always have such interesting information to pass on and lovely pictures to look at.
    Your washer is sweet and looks quite at home in your kitchen :-)

    Have a lovely Easter celebration my friend!
    May Resurrection joy be yours always!
    love in Jesus..Trish

  19. Hi Linnie,
    Great post! Your house looks more amazing and wonderful every day!

  20. I can remember my grandmother's wringer washer. I was always fascinated with wash day. Although I just have an electric washing machine, I find doing laundry to be very fulfilling.


  21. What an awesome post! The photos sure bring back some good memories. My grandmother had a wringer washer for awhile and also the big tubs they used to bathe us in. Remember them? I sure enjoyed reading all of this and thank you for sharing....Blessings.....

  22. This was absolutely amazing! Thank you for the laundry soap powder recipe. I have been dabbling in making face soaps, toners and such lately. But in the back of my mind I was thinking laundry soap for the future. Now the future has become sooner than later thanks to you!
    I do love how you are using your older models.

  23. Oh this is just perfect! What a delightful way to do the laundry...

    I came across one like Beauty, but unfortunately, my kitchen is just way too small and hubby...well, he likes the conveniences :)

    Thank you so much for sharing my friend,


  24. LINNIE DARLIN'!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your birthday song to me! And all the Mousekins sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh how special you are! And it has been MONTHS since I have drawn my dear TEA RAT and RATTUS.....But they are still on my radar.....MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOUR DAY TODAY MY SWEET !!!!! LOVE TO YOU, Anita

  25. Oh dear Linnie,
    Again you bring back the memories from my past, and a smile to our faces! Amazing pictures, of course! Love hugs and blessings to you all. Missing you and hope your doing fine! Missy Lilly has been adventuring in the Attic! I will take some pictures 4u!

  26. I've been making that laundry soap recipe for years but I dissolve mine in a few gallons of hot water and store in jugs. It works wonderfully! Love your wringer washer!

  27. Dear Linnie,

    What an enjoyable laundry post! I can remember sitting on the cellar steps watching my Mum do the laundry with an old washing machine similar to yours. What a fantastic bargain you acquired! I enjoy using my old wringer and wash tubs with scrub board! When Sarah was little she and her friends had fun using it on hot summer days splashing around in the soap suds! I've always found Fels Naptha the best for getting soot out of my aprons. Mildred and Missy Mousiekin look to be having a splendid time doing out the wash and to be sure the satisfaction of a job well done!

    Your friends,
    Diane and daughter Sarah and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at the Corgyncombe Courant

  28. What an interesting post...and I need to keep your blog open so I can read more.
    But I wanted to come on here and say THANK YOU FOR BECOMING ONE OF MY wonderful

    Thanks again for this flashback in time...things I grew up with for sure.


  29. Loved the post. I too enjoy 19th cenutry techniques for washing clothes but I go to an iron wash pot, a battling stick and scrub board. I reenact Civl War and find it relaxing too though I don't do it often at home.

    I do make my own laundry soap and use the receipt you have posted.

    I am a new follower and look forward to reading more of your blog.


  30. Wow, what a fun glimpse at an old fashioned washing day! Neat to see all of those older models in action :)

  31. LINIIE DARLIN'!!!! How are you gorgeous one? THANK YOU for your visit yesterday and sweet words. Oh how I so wish we could all meet but I know we shall recognize each other in HEAVEN!

    How are the Mouekins? Tea Rat is well but is busting at the gut to get drawn again this summer. SOON !!! Five weeks left of school and God willing, FREEDOM to create more and grow. HAVE A GREAT DAY! Anita

  32. Linnie! Bless your sweet and angelic heart.. you know what I found in the mailbox today... I've sent an email. Love you!

  33. Just stopped in for a visit and this post caught my eye! I love everything you shared :) A bit of nostalgia is just what the doctor ordered this morning :) I LOVE wash day posts!