Washing Clothes On The Massanutten

While neighboring with an elderly mountain woman a while back, living off the grid came up. I asked her what advise on washing clothes she would give to someone who wanted to give up the hectic life of big city living and move to the mountains. Here’s her response.

Bild far in back yard to het kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave 1 hole cake lie soap in bilin water.
Sort things. Make 3 piles. 1 pile white. 1 pile cullord. 1 pile werk briches and rags.
Stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with bilin water.
Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile.
Rub cullord but don’t bile just rench and starch.
Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
Spred tee towels on grass.
Hang old rags on fence.
Pore rench water in flower bed.
Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on cleen dress. Smooth hair with side combs.
Brew cup of tee.
Set and rest and rock a spell and count yore blessings.

Keep your fork


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