|Washing by the Rocky Creek by Carla D’aguanno|
"Each day had its own proper work. Ma used to say:
"Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."
~ Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
|Laundry Maid by Greuze|
Do you dread wash day? After trying my hand at hand washing for two months (out of a weird necessity, I assure you), I can honestly say that I love wash day now... with my washing machine. It really puts things into perspective. There can be beauty in wash day, for I find the most lovely thing is that we no longer have to be a slave to the wash. We can embrace it and think on the good things… such as the fresh aroma of a clean load coming out of the washer, and the fact that we don't have to haul water from the well, lug our soiled clothes to a nearby creek or boil water in a large kettle. To my way of thinking, there is much to be thankful for on our wash days!
|Wash Day by Daniel Ridgeway Knight|
THE WASHING ~ A Poem of Old
They that wash on Monday
Have all the week to dry;
They that wash on Tuesday
Are not so much awry;
They that wash on Wednesday
Are not so much to blame;
They that wash on Thursday
Wash for very shame;
They that wash on Friday
Wash because of need,
And they that wash on Saturday,
Oh, they are lazy indeed!
|Women Washing Clothes by the Stream by Daniel Ridgeway Knight|
"That afternoon she washed the clothes in the tub and spread them on the grass to dry."
~ Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
|Wash Day by Renoir|
"I made a 'pome' yesterday, when I was helping Hannah wash; and, as father likes my silly little things, I put it in to amuse him. Give him the lovingest hug that ever was, and kiss yourself a dozen times for your
"A SONG FROM THE SUDS.
"Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,While the white foam rises high;And sturdily wash and rinse and wring,And fasten the clothes to dry;Then out in the free fresh air they swing,Under the sunny sky.
"I wish we could wash from our hearts and soulsThe stains of the week away,And let water and air by their magic makeOurselves as pure as they;Then on the earth there would be indeedA glorious washing-day!
"Along the path of a useful life,Will heart's-ease ever bloom;The busy mind has no time to thinkOf sorrow or care or gloom;And anxious thoughts may be swept away,As we bravely wield a broom.
"I am glad a task to me is given,To labor at day by day;For it brings me health and strength and hope,And I cheerfully learn to say,—'Head, you may think, Heart, you may feel,But, Hand, you shall work alway!'"
~ Louisa May Alcott, Excerpt from Little Women
|Washing Day by Pierre Edouard Frere|
Children can be very helpful in the laundry process. They can be taught to sort your clothes, check pockets and reverse clothing to proper sides. They can also fold clothes while younger ones can match socks. They may be sloppy at first but the progress will be quick and within a year they will be such a blessing to you in this area! Just overlook the lumpy folding jobs they do in the beginning and you will succeed in having many capable hands in the future. View here for more ideas concerning children and laundry.
|Wash Day on the Plains by Minerva|
Laundry List ~
- Clean your washing machine every few months by pouring 2 cups of white vinegar and running your washing machine on a complete cycle using hot water. This is especially important if you have hard water.
- Visit here for a frugal recipe to make your own fabric softener.
- Hydrogen Peroxide is a safe alternative to bleach for your whites, add one cup to wash cycle or 1/2 cup to your rinse cycle for whitening.
- Borax, salt and baking soda are effective stain removers. A dab of lemon essential oil also does a great job.
|Washerwoman by Walter H. Everett|
Whenever we are doing household tasks, it is helpful to dwell on pleasant thoughts. Below are some verses in Scripture that I felt were inspirational to think upon while performing our laundry duties and so I composed them into a sort of prayer (there is a free decorative printable of it shared below).
"Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
~ Based on Psalms 51:2, 51:7, 51:10
You may also be interested in our printable of "Laundry Room Labels".
Simply download and print. Please let me know if you have any problems printing.