Appalachia Cleaning

Wash Day

Wash day

Wash on Monday, you’ll have all week to dry;
Wash on Tuesday, not so much awry;
Wash on Wednesday, not so much to blame;
Wash on Thursday, wash for shame;
Wash on Friday, wash for need;
Wash on Saturday, you’re a big goose indeed!


I wash almost everyday-so I’m not sure what that makes me!


*Source for wash day poem: Frank C. Brown Collection Of North Carolina Folklore 

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    Rev. RB
    June 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Our mom had a schedule. She washed on Monday, cleaned the bedrooms Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, did the ironing on Wednesday, scrubbed the kitchen floor on Saturday, and every day we swept floors and dusted in every room three times, i.e. after each meal. I use to tease her that we were dusting things that were just thinking about getting dusty – sometimes it seemed so. Now I can’t remember what we did on Friday, but one thing I’m sure of is, there were chores on that day too.
    I’ve tried to have a schedule nowadays. It worked well when we lived in the bigger house, but in this small one, there’s not much storage space, so I find myself just pushing stuff around from room to room. One day I’ll have to weed it all out.
    God bless.

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    June 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

    You know I love my clothes line. But mostly what gets dried out there is bedding.

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    b. Ruth
    June 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

    and Ed…yes I have one. I got it at an estate sale years ago. My betterhalf won’t hang it for me.
    Mine raises up and locks and then you spread it out in a fan shape.
    Handy dandy hanger. Not too modern lookin’ but works just the same. I also have a couple of those wooden towel racks from the early 30’s for hanging kitchen towels and dishcloths to wash. I did have mine hanging by the kitchen sink until we took it down to remodel the kitchen. I love it and when we get a “roundtoit” we will put it back up. I like it alot bettern’ those little metal things.
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS when I go to the storage locker I will try to get a picture of the wooden clothes hanger…

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    June 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I love hanging clothes out on the line. Up until last year this manufactured home park our home is in wouldn’t let us have clotheslines so I pouted and hung things on hangers on the deck. Now this summer, I’m hoping to put up a clothesline. I love the way the clothes smell and it certainly will help with the electric bill which is always tooo expensive.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    When I was a child my mother had a wooden device on the wall near the wood stove on which she hung small items to dry. She used it for dishrags, dishtowels, diapers, socks, etc. It was a bunch of wooden slats that hinged on a metal plate of a thing that attached to the wall. The slats spread out in a fan shape and could hold a lot of little items. If the item to be dried was heavy, she would hang it over two or more of the slats. Being behind the stove, the clothes would dry pretty fast and she could dry a lot of laundry there on a cold damp winter day. Just wondering if you or any of your readership had ever seen one of these old timey clothes dryers.

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    b. Ruth
    June 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    My machine does the washin’, I just toss’em in. The betterhalf take’em out and puts’em in the dryer for me! The buzzer goes off and they advance to the fold’in place. They’re folded and advance to the hold’in place. Wore again, and it starts all over. I load the washer just about any time or
    day of the week!
    Twiced a day, if we’ve been outside, ’cause of the little critters that might attach to the clothes!
    Don’t perfume up your work clothes (rags) if you don’t want the critters to ride around with you, better to use vinegar or sich!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    June 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    MERCY! It is amazing that such a simple task as washing clothes takes so much effort. That wringer washer was such a great invention and we got a new one just after the War! With eleven children in my family, wash day was ALL DAY on any day except Sunday. And the drying line included fencing along the pasture. Those overalls dried fine on the barbed wire! I hope your soap for washing is not lye!
    Regards, Eva Nell

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    June 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I have never seen that poem but like it. I, however, washed on Friday when the kids were growing up and it all went on the line. That way they had clean clothes for Sunday. Now I wash any day the weather is good enough to hang it outside, which, this year in Iowa, is about one day a week if that. And I am soooo grateful for the automatic washer and dryer!

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    June 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I don’t have a special time to wash
    my clothes. I usually just wait till
    I’m about out of everything before
    I break down and get it done. Yes,
    sometimes I dread it that bad! With
    all this rain we’ve had, I’ve about
    quit using my clothesline…Ken

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’m with you Tipper, when my kids were home I washed two loads every day. Anxious to see what you wash with.

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    Pamela Moore
    June 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I think if you wash every day it means you’re a busy mom.

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    June 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I guess I’m a bit spoiled with the invention of the dryer. However, I remember helping my mom hang clothes on a line or in the basement during inclement weather. I still at times love to hang things on a line I have on my back porch during a crisp warm day. I remember using a scrub board. Gosh! nothing like modern inventions.

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    June 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

    my dear Tipper –when you find out what one would be called for washing almost everyday you shall have to post for I am on that list just like you.

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    June 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I wash constantly it seems, but I remember myself and others taking the entire day to wash. I always thought it wrong to wash a specific day, as no heartbreak worse than both lines hung chock full of soaked, soggy clothes. I’ve always been a weather checker. I cannot wait to see what magic item you use to wash. I once had a co-worker who had the whitest uniforms ever, and she used dishwasher detergent.
    I am particularly impressed by Don’s methods of drying clothes in a motel room, and must add some I have tried. Back seat of car on plastic bag makes a great place for small items, as the sun shining through the windows will dry anything. This can look a bit trashy, but after all you are from out of town anyway. Also if venetion blinds close together the strings make a wonderful line for light items. In the winter these wet items add moisture so the room does not dry out. I have a wonderful contraption I bought at a yard sale that hangs over the shower bar, and you can attach several items, It folds neatly and could fit easily in my beach bag. Happy washing!

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    Alica @ Happily Married to the Cows
    June 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I was wondering too, what that must make me, as I wash every day! 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    June 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Yes Don, clean clothes can be a challenge when traveling!
    I wash whenever I have enough clothes to fill a load in the washing machine with absolutely no regard for a designated day. In fact that is they way I do most things in my life!

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    Don Casada
    June 14, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Well, Miz Susan had a wash day yesterday while I was out and about. Her washtub was the bathroom sink and shower (no tub in our hotel room); detergent was hand soap.
    Drying involves a three-part procedure:
    1. Drape the item over the shower bar and wring.
    2. Fold it inside a towel and mash.
    3. Hang it in any number of places. Two examples:
    a) On hangers which were attached to the HVAC vent
    b) Laid across the top of the lamp shade. This is really my method; You have to arrange it just right; the heat of the lamp provides the warmth, of course, but you don’t want to completely restrict air flow or it’ll get too hot. So you leave a little gap, creating sort of a chimney effect with a natural circulation flow path that helps with the drying process. I’ve applied for a design patent.

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