Friday, May 17, 2013

"WARSHING" Clothes Recipe

Never  thought of a "warsher" in this light before...what a  blessing!
"Warshing  Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for  this!
Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the  new bride the following recipe
exactly  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 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.

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.
  For  non-Southerners - wrench means rinse. 

 I found this on Facebook


  1. I've got to go hug my washing machine!

  2. From the sound of it A)she must have had St Louis roots because they are always waRshing clothes here and B) very good with water conservation--washing the porch and watering the flowers! Fun post!

  3. Oh my....I'm thankful for my "warshing machine"! lol! And this reminds me of a choir director a few years ago...we were singing "Are You Washed in the Blood" and we were all singing it "Are you warshed...." southerners! lol! It's a hard habit to kick! lol!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow! What an insight to life way back when! Thanks for sharing this and yes, I will hug my washer and praise my clothesline!

  5. In western Pa mtns my mother in laws family say warsh!
    The older generation is also inclined to say "thats a nice wash" admirely about a nice looking clothesline full of clothes!