Take the clothes out of the blue
water, rinse in cold water, wring out, and hang
out to dry. With this plan of washing, and fair weather, the clothes will also
be hung out by noon. You will have the afternoon for cleaning up the
kitchen and wash-room, putting away the tubs, boiler, etc., and making
yourself tidy. In the evening, the white clothes and most of the
starched things are to be sprinkled and folded, ready for ironing.
The procedure described above is the usual laundry practice of today.
The modern housewife may wish to purchase a washing machine to make
washing easier. Although the washing machine is not widely used, the
editors recommend the purchase of one of the many reliable makes.
In most Iowa homes this
third day of the week is reserved for ironing. The whole day should be
reserved to complete this job.
The cookstove should be
fired up hot. Three to five common sadirons should be set on the stove to
heat. While the irons are heating, finish sprinkling the clothes not
sprinkled on Monday.
This should be done by
dipping your fingers in a bowl of water and dripping the water over the
cloth to make it moist. These newly sprinkled clothes should be rolled to
Next spread a blanket
over the kitchen table to provide a surface for ironing.
The first clothes to be
ironed should be those which require the greatest attention to detail:
ladies’ dresses and children’s clothes with ruffles and lace. The more
simple articles like sheets, napkins, towels, and aprons should be done
When the sadirons are hot, the ironing should begin. It
is essential that the iron not be so hot that the clothing is scorched.
As the ironing progresses and the first iron begins to cool, it
should be traded for a fresh hot iron from the stove.
Common Sad Irons.