Public wash houses have been found as great a boon in poor districts as have the public baths, and the two now go hand in hand. In many cities the public baths are combined with the public wash houses in one building and this practice, no doubt, will spread with time.
Fig. 109 The Model Wash House at Whitevale, Showing Laundry Stalls
In public wash houses, for the small fee of four cents per hour, a woman can have soap, water, heat, light, a set of wash trays connected with hot and cold water and waste, and a corresponding rack in the drying-room, as well as the use of a mechanical washer, centrifugal water extractor, mangle, irons, heated iron stoves, ironing-boards and table - everything, in fact, that would be found in a fully equipped private laundry. All she needs to bring is the soiled clothing, which is taken away dry and clean. The interior of a large wash house in Glasgow, Scotland, showing the separate booths containing tubs, moisture extractors, and doors leading into the drying-racks, may be seen in the half-tone illustration, Fig. 109.
In large bathing establishments which are combined with public wash houses a separate laundry is maintained for the establishment, so that there will be no confusion between the public wash house and the bath-house laundry.