To do washing the easiest and best, it is conceded by all that the clothes should be put to soak over night. On Monday it takes all of the forenoon in most families to put things to rights and to get something cooked. Besides, it is not pleasant to change one's dress (either mistress or girl) on Sunday evening and work at the soiled clothes for an hour. It either involves staying home from church, or working late after one does get home, to say nothing of the "Sabbath Day" view of it, or any unpleasant feature of the case.
There are many new soaps now manufactured that give excellent satisfaction, requiring no boiling of the clothes. To persons who use such, let me recommend to put the clothes to soak in a warm suds after dinner Monday. After supper, wring them through the wringer and put into clean suds.
On Tuesday morning the washing is a quick job, it being necessary only to rub lightly and rinse thoroughly.
Sprinkle and fold the clothes Tuesday evening, and iron Wednesday forenoon. If that does not finish, leave the rest for Thursday forenoon.
This gives time for the other housework, and saves one from that intensely tired feeling which is sure to follow a Monday's washing and Tuesday's ironing at all hazards.
To those who prefer to boil their clothes, I give two different recipes for washing preparations, both of which I know to be just what they are represented to be. The second one I have used for several years past. It does no better service than the fluid, which I also used for some time, but I like a soap rather better than a fluid. A prejudice exists in many housekeepers against boiling clothes in the dirt. But if you will throw your prejudice to the winds, and try this way for one month, you will never go back to the old way. The question is asked: Does it rot the clothes? Emphatically, it does not. It rather saves them. More clothes are worn out on the washboard than on the back. As my family increased in size, I adopted this method with the Magic washing soap. I put them to soak over night in two tubs - the fine ones together and the coarse together - and sometimes, if I had a large bed washing, put the sheets and pillow-cases in a third tub. I use the soap according to directions - a cup to a pail of water. Cover all closely. In the morning I rub lightly on a board out of the water they are soaking in, and put on to boil. Rinse and hang out. I do this, in order to have cleaner suds for my large washings of calico clothes. In doing this, you do not have to wait to heat water, and can easily get one boiler full done before breakfast. They look whiter, and wash so much easier than the old way, that it is a very great labor-saver. To make sure of having the water warm, you may turn a kettle of hot water over the clothes after they are well put to soak. Every one knows the whitening powers of borax. I have done a washing in this way, and finished at noon, when it would have taken a washerwoman all day, the old way, if she had worked constantly and faithfully.