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
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
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.
Paste this over your washer and dryer. Next time when you think things are
bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give
thanks. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer
and dryer, as well as your toilet - those two-holers used to get mighty
(*) For you non-southerners, wrench means rinse…
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