Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wednesday's Wisdom

Today I'm sharing some old wisdom from
long ago and far away.

When I saw this I knew I had to share, it's cute and it's a precious memory of times gone by.

Recipe for Washing Clothes

A grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:

This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook, 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 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 and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
2. Colossians 3:23-24

Ladies, we are so blessed to have electric washers and dryers.  Laundry was an all day chore and it wasn't easy, long ago and far away.

Until Next Time,


  1. Oh my goodness, yes we are very blessed to live in these times!! Just feeding a family in any other era, so much work! When I was first married, I had a washing machine but no dryer, for the first few years. I washed diapers then hung them out on the line in the sunshine, but in the winter and rainy days, on a rack in the hallway. I didn't start using disposable diapers until our sixth child was born (except for on vacations, ect.), but we did get a dryer after our second child...not hardship like the woman in your blog pics, but it was still some work!

  2. My grandmother had one of those washers that you had to ring/wrung out the hair got caught in it one time. ANYWAYS, Thanks Mary, hope you have a beautiful day my friend.

  3. What a great reminder of the comparatively easy housework we have now. I grew up until high school with a wringer/washer and tow rinse tubs. No dryer. Even in below zero weather we hung the clothes on the line and the literally freeze dried!
    Have a lovely Wednesday my friend.

  4. Amazing...when I think of our ancestor grandmothers having to work like this and also all the other work they had to do to cook, clean, sew, everything that we take for granted now. They were strong, amazing women. We are rather spoiled, but I'm still thankful for my automatic washer and dryer! LOL.

  5. Wow! You are right. I am so thankful for a washer and dryer. Love this post.

  6. This post reminded me of myself as a new bride. I had no idea how to sort laundry and a kind young woman showed me how, also how to work the wringer washers that were in the basement of the apartment building. It was an old Bible College. Our apartment had 10' ceilings!!

  7. Precious telling! I'd never seen this one before! thank you for a great lesson in Perspective.

  8. Amen to that, Mary! I am so thankful for our modern conveniences!! I enjoyed your Wednesday Wisdom recipe!! xo


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