I hope this Tuesday finds you well, and that the work-week is not loaded with heavy burden on your shoulders. Today, I have decided to post an article that has been lying around for a long while - because there's never going to be the right time to post about laundry duty.
How did people do their laundry back in time?
As for us over here (yeah, I am in Europe) I feel that I need to reply this author's comment. Dear folks, our old ones have not waited six months for the next wash-day. Oh, no. Actually, wash.day was (so to say) carved in stone - every household knew when it was, every member of the family knew where to leave his/hers laundry to be washed. As a matter of fact, we still like to say "if it's not in the bin, it will not get washed" :)
Another thing you haven't known: over here, for many, many generations, we have cooked out tea-towels (dish towels, the thing.. - you know: the towels you use to wipe things around kitchen). Many new-age housewives nave abandoned this practice, and they prefer placing their towels in the washing machine and let the machine do the work. Not me. No, no. I soak mine overnight in cold water and detergent. Then they go into the POT with detergent and boils because.. the "strongest" work that my machine can do is 95°C (that is 203F), yet when I bring the "cauldron" to the boil, it reaches the magic number of 100°C - and I like that.
I'll let you in on a secret ingredient for making the towels white: one heaping table spoon of baking soda per 5 liters of water, in your boiling mixture.
....How about you? Any wash-day stories?