A brand new love for my washer and dryer –

Remember my post about laundry? After reading the following I realized exactly why I love my washer and dryer so much.

An excerpt from Home Laundering and Dry Cleaning, The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. 1931, 1925 by Mary Brooks Picken


69. Laundry work may be done in a haphazard way and perchance turn out satisfactorily, but such a result must be considered more nearly a coincidence than a direct result. It cannot be relied on to happen every wash-day. Instead, it is the systematically done laundry work that can guarantee success. But this does not mean that superfluous time must be consumed in elaborate processes. The methods may be thorough and systematic and yet direct and expeditious.

70. Following is a program that has proved its worth as a guide through the various steps of laundry work. It is given first in outline form, and then in detail.


  1. Sort clothes.
  2. Mend tears that will grow in washing.
  3. Remove stains.
  4. Soak soiled clothes.
  5. Get equipment ready.


  1. Heat water.
  2. Make soap solution.
  3. Fill tub or washer and wash in succession (changing suds when necessary):
    • Table linen
    • Bed linen
    • Towels
    • Body linen
    • Handkerchiefs
    • Soaked clothes
  4. Boil by putting clothes in cold water and letting them slowly come to boiling point.
  5. Make starch.
  6. Look over articles, especially if a washer has been used, to see whether further rubbing is necessary.
  7. Rinse in 2 or 3 waters.
  8. Blue, dipping and wringing each piece separately.
  9. Starch clothes needing average stiffness, changing starch as often as necessary.
  10. Hang out pieces.
  11. Wash colored clothes, setting color, washing, rinsing 2 or 3 times, starching; and hang out to dry.
  12. Wash cotton stockings, rinse, and hang to dry.
  13. Take down clothes, piece by piece, fold and lay in the basket.
  14. Dampen and roll up.
  15. Wash any silk underwear, embroidery pieces, or colored clothes that must be ironed immediately, and iron. Also, wash flannels and wool or silk stockings.


  1. Do heavy starching.
  2. Step No. 15, under Tuesday, may be left until now, if desired.
  3. Iron.
  4. Air.
  5. Put away.

<karen again> Well, I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted. And that’s just the ORDER in which these things should be done. In the next few days, I’ll post information about how to do some of those things. Just so you can appreciate your washer and dryer a lot more.



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