The Warshing Clothes Recipe

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I was going to make my blog today and the remainder of the week a celebration of my Irish heritage! But my sister-in-law who has lived in NC all of her life sent me a new southern recipe and since my Mom passed on my southern heritage, I am going to give credible time to this too. Thus this blog today, is in true southern style.

Best Laid Plans
Charles Ghigna

A plan is only good if it
Is one that gets recruited;
For good intentions soon will die
Unless they're executed

The Warshing Clothes Recipe

Never thought of a "warsher" in this light before...what a blessing!

Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe exactly as written and found in an old scrapbook with spelling errors and all.

"The Warshing Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this!


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 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.

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, rock a spell, and count yore blessings.

For non-Southerners - wrench means rinse!!

Today's "Warshing" Clothes Recipe

Paste this over your washer and dryer. The next time you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. The first thing each morning, you should run and hug your washer and dryer.

Have you hugged your washer and dryer today?
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  • MIRFA71
    emoticon Just hugged my washing machine. emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Oh my gosh, Jean!!! emoticon I NEVER heard of anything like that. Incredible! AND am I glad I was born in 1963! I will take modern conveniences any day. emoticon Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1899 days ago
    I love it.
    And I thought I had it hard with an old wringer washer in the 1950's.
    Thank goodness for technology.

    1899 days ago
    Back in the hollers of West Virginia, that's how my grandmas warshed the family clothes, too. My mother was one of the first to have the old barrel-type warsher machine which also had the wringer on it . . . I can still remember how proud she was when she first got it. And I can remember when grandpa bought grandma's first 'automatic' washer and dryer . . . and how grandma would still wring the rest of the water out of the clothes before she put them into the dryer. And until we moved to California, we all used the clothes line in the backyard. Okay, I guess I AM old!

    And yes, I do have the new front loaders. . . and love 'em!!
    1900 days ago
  • -BENI-
    My M-I-L who is 90 is still like that. Water never gets wasted... there is always a use for it - usually the garden. Outside work clothes never get put in with regular clothes and everything has more than one purpose.
    I love it because her ways remind me every day to take nothing for granted, waste nothing and the struggles of her young life keep me appreciative and grounded.
    Glad you posted!! emoticon
    emoticon Beni
    1900 days ago
    I can remember the wash bored Washing soup Tin tubes to wash in and rinse Put mom hung the clothes on a line between treas put the cleaning rags were hung on the fences Then we got a wringer washer put clothes still had to be rinsed and put trough the wringer and by then we had a clothes line Oh how lucky we are now.I love the past for that made us who we are today.
    1900 days ago
    Wow what a trip down memory lane...My oldest sisters first husbands great grandmother was still alive when they got married in the mid 60 and i can remember seeing her do laundry like running water in her house had a hand pump to draw water the backwoods of southwestern Louisiana..thanks for the trip... emoticon
    1900 days ago
    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon
    1900 days ago
    cant get my arms round them do not have them but have help to "warsh" my clothes
    1900 days ago
    Just Did!
    1900 days ago
  • EWL978
    I have yet to hug them because they still leave me with the job of putting all this clean stuff away!! It's just as bad as the clean dishes, pots & pans!! emoticon

    ps....gave me some warm, fuzzy memories this morning....of my late husband, who came from West Virginia and always said "worsh"!! Thank you!!
    1900 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/14/2013 6:29:42 AM
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