- Dip out the clothes with a stick and wring, place them into rinse water # 1, agitate / swirl and wring – then place them into rinse tub # 2, agitate / swirl and wring. Then place the clothes into a laundry basket and hang them on a clothesline.
- For white clothes add bluing in the final rinse water to whiten, the water needs to be blue enough that you can see your hands, but not so blue that they are hidden.
- Hang the clothes on the line until they are completely dried. Fabrics will be damaged if they are left out in the sun and wind too long.
- Tools required: 3-4 tubs $30 each – washboard $20 - wringer $190 – clothes pins $2 @ 50 - clothes line $7 @ 100 ft.– rubber gloves $5 - scrub brushes $5 - agitator $16 - toilet plunger $10 – irons $3 at DI - spray bottles $3 – bleach – bluing $4 - ironing board – soap $1 – starch – dipping stick – bench – floor mat (stay out of the mud) – water proof apron – apron with pockets for clothes pins – hat – laundry basket – 5 gallon pail $6 with Gamma lid $8, solar shower $12 – Washing soda Macey’s $3 – Borax $3.
- Tip -Wash clothing inside out so that lint does not collect in the corners.
- All of your laundry tools can be purchased at Macey’s, Home Depot,
Lowesand Lehman’s, Cal-Ranch, just shop around for the best prices.
· Washboards are made in Brass, tin, bronze and glass. Glass is kinder to your hands and clothing. Amish women always use glass washboards.
1-cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)
1-cup Borax (20 Mule Team)
Combine grated soap with washing soda & borax. Use 1 tablespoon for light load, 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled load.
- Stir before each use as this soap does separate, I suggest a Wisk.
- This detergent will not suds up in the washer, but it is still getting your clothes clean.
- If you have extra hard water the soap may not clean as well. Add ½-cup borax or washing soda to the load and that may help.
soap is a fantastic stain remover and pre-treater. It works especially well on oil-based stains. Rub the stain with a wet bar. Let it sit for a while and launder as usual. It works great on baby clothes, which have formula stains. Fels Naptha
1 tablespoon corn starch (light), 2 (medium), 4 (heavy) tablespoons
Shake before each use to redissolve the starch. If you don't plan on using it often, make small amounts or refrigerate the unused portion; let the mixture return to room temperature before you use it.
- Temperature Selection: Hot water is at least 130 degrees F. Warm water is between 110 and 90 degrees F. Cold water is between 80 and 60 degrees F. If cold water is below 60 degrees F clothes are unlikely to be cleaned very well.
- Hot water is needed for greasy or heavily soiled items. Hot water doesn't kill anything in your laundry, however it does help release dirt. To disinfecting - Hot water needs to be boiling or use bleach or dry your clothes with the sun. Hot water tends to make some clothing shrink, wrinkle, fade and set stains.
- Use Cold wash / Cold rinse for colors, and Warm wash / Cold rinse for whites. Warm water makes soap more effective in dissolving dirt and certain stains. Many laundry detergents don't work well in cold water. Cold water doesn't set stains, prevents bright or dark colors from fading as easily, and prevents wools and other natural fibers from shrinking.
- Warm water is usually the best choice for permanent press and jeans. It allows good cleaning action without as much fading, wrinkling, and shrinking.
- Ammonia comes in two types: sudsy, which contains a small amount of detergent and non-sudsy, or regular. Non-sudsy is usually used in the laundry. Ammonia comes in unscented, lemon and pine.