It is always best, when possible, to have a separate room for laundry purposes. Much of the apparatus can then be made stationary and many little labor-saving conveniences devised. Some dairy farms have running water, drains, power, steam, and cement floors. It would be a simple matter on such a farm to equip a small room in the barn with the necessary laundry apparatus. Good lighting (page 201) and good ventilation are quite as necessary in the laundry as in other parts of the house. The floor and walls should be of such a nature that they can be kept dry and clean with the least labor. Many of the suggestions for the arrangement of kitchen equipment (pages 104 to 109) are equally applicable to the laundry. , Hand-driven machines are effective labor-savers even though to a somewhat smaller degree than those run by other power. Washing-machines are now on the market with wringer attached, which run by power. On many farms the gasoline engine has already become a fixture for grinding corn, separating milk, and the like. The same source of power might also be used to run the washing-machine and turn the wringer. If running water is brought to the barn, it should be continued to the house, and, if the water-power is sufficient, a water motor may be purchased that can be used for running the washing-machine.

Fig. 53

Fig. 53. - A method of folding sheets and tablecloths.