Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday is Wash Day: Hints For Thrifty Housewives

The Proper and Systemic Method of Doing Housework
The Thrifty Kitsch Housewife Series

Back in the day, many pamhlets and booklets were published to help women conduct the proper and systematic method of of of doing housework! Lily Haxworth Wallace, a Gold Medalist Graduate of the National Training School of Cookery compiled a booklet for Rumford Baking Powder on how to run a well planned household.
(Edwardian Era).

"Monday: Although it is the habit of many to wash on Monday, and while this method has much to recommend it, it has also some disadvantages, the principal ones being that it necessitates either soaking the clothes on Sunday, or leaving them in the water from Saturday night, neither of which is advisasble (sic)."

Tips On How To Put The House In Order On Wash Day

Monday is the day to keep free. Monday is the day "that the average house will be found to need rather more thorough attention".

1. Sort linens and mend holes before washing.
2. Keep Monday for doing needlework, repairs, etc.
3. Have the maid boil clothes while breakfast is prepared.
4. The Mistress must undertake the care of the bedrooms and also wash the breakfast dishes, so the maid can devote all her time and attention to the washing.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists

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