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Handwashing Your Clothes

Recently I had a lady write and ask about handwashing clothes.  We do have a regular washing machine that we use but when it kicks the bucket we will not replace it and go exclusively to handwashing.  I have a scrub board that is glass, we purchased from Lehman’s and does very well.  We have had it for many years now.  The only hold back to doing our clothes by hand now is that we do not have a wringer and that is something that is a must.  When we do clothes it is nearly impossible to wring out all the water by hand – and takes far too long.  Otherwise, the process is simple so I will share that with you.  First, I fill my wash tub with hot water and dissolve … Read entire article »

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Cleaning Recipes

Laundry soap 2 cups Bar Soap, Grated into fine flakes. (I used some of my homemade soap. You could use Fels-Naptha. Half of a bar.) 2 cups Borax (I use 20 Mule team Borax.) 2 cups Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)(I use Arm&Hammer Super Washing Soda.) Available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets. I put bar soap shavings in a bowl and added 1 quart of boiling water to melt it. Once melted I poured this into a bucket and added the borax and washing soda and stirred together to dissolve. Then I added 2 gallons of water. This makes a thick liquid. I give it a good stir before use each time. Use ¼ cup per load. Fabric softener -added to rinse water… 2 cups cold water 1 cup baking soda 1 cup vinegar 1- Place baking soda in LARGE bowl and pour vinegar over … Read entire article »

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Washing Dishes

 Yippeee!!! Yahooo!!! It is time to wash the dishes!!!!  How exciting! Okay – yes, I know.  Washing dishes is not THAT exciting and certainly does not deserve that much hype, right?!  I hope that by the end of this article that you will have changed your mind. I pray that you will have a new found joy and excitement in this mundane task that never seems to be finished.  Let’s first look at how dishes need to be washed.  Over the 30 or so years that we have had gatherings in our home, I have been blessed to see many folks helping with dishes. It is almost a study in human nature to see the progression of sisters in the kitchen when a meal is done.  Some will immediately head for the sink … Read entire article »

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Hanging Out The Clothes

Hanging Out The Clothes Just came in from hanging out 4 loads of clothes.  Whew – it is so cold this morning that I am having to rub my hands to make sure they can type here!   Anyway, thought I would share one of the things we do to make it easier on cold mornings.  When we empty the washer we take each item and shake it out and lay it flat in the basket so that when we get out to the line we just have to pull it straight up and clip it with the pins. We lay all the washcloths down, then handtowels, then cloth napkins, then bath towels.  The dresses and aprons are folded in thirds like a fan so that as we pull them from the basket … Read entire article »

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