Sometime last week the pump died on our clothes washer. We do three to four loads a day so this was not a good thing. Not at all. We made do and tried to conserve on towels while we waited on the new pump to come. We were able to make it two days until Susannah just took a load of towels into the laundromat 😀 Then on Wednesday I was in need of clothes, so I played around with the idea of washing them in the bathtub. I didn’t want to hang out at the laundromat while my clothes were washing 😀 Then I remembered that Daddy had bought a wringer-washer at an auction once, and it was sitting out in his shop! The idea sounded like a lot of fun to me and Anna also got excited about it, so she went and grabbed her laundry, too 😀
The first step was to carry twenty gallons of warm water from the bathtub, out the back door, down the sidewalk and into the shop 😀 Anna and I took turns, but my, that was a lot of water!
We poured in the water and laundry soap, put in our whites, figured out how to turn on the agitator, and watched it wash 😀
Next, we loosely squeezed the water out of all the white clothes and put them in a basket
Did I tell you it was lots of fun?! 😀
We put our dark laundry in next, in the same wash water (and added a little more soap) 😀 We didn’t want to go get another twenty gallons of water, and I figured they might have done it this way in the old days anyhow. I know why, too! That’s a lot of water to haul 😀
We squeezed the water out of the darks and set them aside, then we went for the towels 😀 We don’t have any pictures of the towels…I guess we were too engrossed in watching the washer or reading our magazines while listening to the music we brought out to the shop for while we were waiting for the laundry to wash 😀
We drained all the wash water out after the towels and Anna and I both couldn’t believe how dirty it was! The regular washer never gives you the chance to see the dirty wash water 😀 We then carried twenty more gallons of clean water to rinse the laundry in 🙂
Now this is the best part. After we rinsed the laundry, we put it through the wringer. Anna and I were ‘fighting’ over who was going to feed the next item through the wringer 😀 There is just something quite amazing about seeing your dripping wet laundry suddenly squeezed out and ready for the dryer 😀 I told Anna that whoever it was who invented the wringer was one very smart person…but maybe not quite as smart as whoever invented the spinner. There were a few times that the wringer took a sock for a ride, around and around before we stopped it to pull it out 😀
Later when Anna and I kept telling everyone about how fun it was, Cassia was laughing and couldn’t understand what the excitement was all about. She needed some laundry done, too, so I went out with her (along with two more loads of dirty towels). We did the same thing as before. Whites, darks, towels, and then rinsed them and started to wring them. Cassia also got very excited during the wringing process and she suddenly knew why Anna and I liked it so much (what can we say? we’re easily amused 😀 you should try it sometime, then you’ll know why it’s so fun, too!).
I now have a new appreciation for what people had to do to get clean clothes in ‘the old days’ 😀 They didn’t have water already warm out of the faucet, and they also didn’t always have electric wringers 😀 I also know why, before wringer washers, people sometimes had their laundry hired out, and the laundry woman had to be strong. I was SO sore the next day from helping to carry all that water, then carry it again to dump it, and carry wet laundry back to the house to dry 😀
The wringer washer has a pump on it to drain the water out, and Anna and I left it on after we were done with the first round of laundry. It was funny when Cassia and I started it up later on and I forgot the pump was still on. I plugged it in and water started shooting out of the drain hose! 😀 Thankfully we didn’t get the floor too wet!
And so that was the end of our lovely old fashioned wash-day 😀 As much fun as all of that was, I am so glad to have a regular washer. It is no wonder they used to have a whole day of the week devoted to laundry 😀 The good news is, the new washer pump came in the mail yesterday, Daddy installed it, and we’re back to washing laundry in the house!