Life was hard before all our modern conveniences.
Their clothes got dirty probably quicker than ours do today. And it took a lot more to get them clean than it does for us. Boiling water in a washtub out in the yard, using a rub board or rock to pound out the ground in dirt. Hanging clothes on bushes, then later on clotheslines made of rope or wire
Never thought of a 'washer' in this light before..
Imagine having a recipe for this, and often it might have been calle3d a receipt. Years ago a grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.
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 of cake of llie soap in boilin' 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 wrench and starch.('wrench' means 'rinse')
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.
Next time when you think things are bleak, read this again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.?