Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe exactly as written.
(Transcribed from old scrapbook with spelling errors intact.)
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.
Note: wrench water = rinse water.
I sincerely hope all of you ladies will keep these instructions in a safe place, as they may come in handy should your husband ever decide he's got better things to spend money on than replacing a busted washing machine.
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