Clothes Washing

Otis Orchards, Washington
May 14, 2016 5:03pm CST
As I was washing clothes today I thought back to when I was a child. We didn’t have the modern wash machines we have today. Back in those days we had a wash machine that agitated the clothes to wash them, but they had to be ran through a wringer to squeeze the water out. We had to hang the clothes on a clothes line to dry them. Windy days were the best since the clothes dried fairly fast. Hot day worked well, too. I can even remember the clothes being hung outside in the winter. They froze but dried anyway. Most of the time they were hung on a clothes rack inside the house on those cold winter days as well as rainy days. I can remember when our neighbor got a dryer. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Instead of the clothes hanging outside for hours they could be dried in about twenty minutes in the dryer. We eventually bought a wash machine that spun the water out of the clothes instead of having to run them through a wringer. But a dryer didn’t come until several years later. Even after getting a dryer many times our clothes were still hung outside. If it was a nice day and no rush to get the clothes dry, they were hung outside. There are some people who still hang their clothes outside to dry. It saves a good deal of electricity.
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@sharon6345 (148180)
• United States
14 May 16
I have a mini washer with a mini spinner. I also have a hanging rack that I put in the living room for drying. They dry so fast I could wash more then a few loads a day. Most often I have one load though.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
I had a friend who had a portable washer. She hooked it up to the kitchen faucet and it drained into the kitchen sink. When she was done washing she just rolled it off to a corner until she need to do more washing.
@ricki_911 (20103)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 May 16
I still hang my clothes outside and sometimes still wash them by hand.
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@sallypup (30134)
• Moses Lake, Washington
15 May 16
We have a small drying rack as well as an electric dryer. I hate how hard the towels get when they are not dried in the dryer.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
I can relate to that.
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@sallypup (30134)
• Moses Lake, Washington
15 May 16
@RichardMeister A wringer washer got me into trouble when I was in high school. The home ec teacher asked who in the class still used a wringer to wash their clothes? I was already a loner. I didn't think. I raised my hand. I was the only one in the entire class that did.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
16 May 16
@sallypup How did that get you into trouble? Were you made fun of? Or was it the wording of the question since the wringer is used to wring water out of the clothes rather than wash the clothes?
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@CRK109 (14374)
• United States
14 May 16
My mother had a wash board and she would rub the clothes in VERY hot water against that wash board for the longest time. By the time she hung all the clothes on the line to dry, her poor hands were bright red. I was so happy when she finally got a washer.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
Washing by hand had to be a hard job.
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@CRK109 (14374)
• United States
15 May 16
@RichardMeister I swear she must have been getting rid of frustrations with those clothes the way she pounded at them! lol But her hands really got the brunt of the washing. And she had no problem keeping clothes white! But I'm so glad we don't have to do that today. I appreciate what she did for us and I'm so glad for whoever invented the washing machine!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
16 May 16
@CRK109 Yes the washing machine sure did cut down on the amount of work needed to wash the clothes by hand.
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@carebear29 (28941)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
15 May 16
I do that tomorrow at my mother in laws. I can't wait til we move into our house so I don't have to go anywhere lol
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
It is a hassle to have to take your clothes elsewhere to wash them.
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@carebear29 (28941)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
15 May 16
@RichardMeister I am at my mother in laws now doing it.
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@much2say (41004)
• United States
15 May 16
My parents had machines, but they were all about saving money as much as possible . . . so my mom did hand washing in the tub sometimes . . . and most of the time she did hang all the laundry up outside to dry on a line. I remember one of my chores was to bring in the dry laundry.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
Yes, it did and does save money to wash clothes by hand and hang them to dry.
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@JudyEv (142527)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 May 16
In Australia, anyone with a backyard usually dries their clothes outside on lines. I can remember my Mum handwashing everything. It must have been the most wonderful thing to get a washing machine.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
There used to be quite a few outside clothes lines here, too, but you don't see very many any more.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
14 May 16
My mom had the wringer washer too; no dryer. That poor woman with two babies in diapers!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
15 May 16
That couldn't have been much fun.
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