WARSHING (Washing) CLOTHES
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes. Shave one whole Cake of lye soap in boiling 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 rinse and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then rinse, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pour rinse 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.
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