Monday, March 27, 2017
It's Monday, Did You Do Your Wash?
In the 50's most women did their laundry on Mondays except down here a lot of people called it their wash. It was a hot job standing around the big black pot with a fire under it. A stick in hand to swirl the white sheets around. My mother in law, bless her heart thought it was a law to wash on Monday. I think if someone died she would still do the wash on Monday. I knew one woman whom you better not drop in to visit because she had to do her wash. Another newly married lady used to add a whole box of soap powder. Must not have been any germs left back then. Then came the wash board but probably by then most had a wringer machine. Many a head scarf or arm accidentally got caught in those. If I remember correctly there was something to press to release the tightness of the wringer to release the arm or scarf. You ask why scarf, a lot of women wore them on their head back then. When you bent over the wringer to put the clothes through to squeeze the water out the end of the scarf could be pulled in. I was a brazen hussy today, my clothes hamper was three fourths full and I didn't do my wash. Must have felt guilty, so I thought of this and wrote about it this Monday. Anyone have any laundry memories?