What wash days were like sixty years ago before there were such things as automatic washing machines. Read this first hand account of what it was like in a working class home in Britain on wash day. Source: Working Class life in the 1940s - Wash Day
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Mangle boards were originally used for ironing clothing, before being discarded for the flat iron. via TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Norwegian mangle boards.
Continuing my Mum's remembrances about how life used to be, here are her thoughts on cleaning the home. One thing which I remember clearly is the making of our own furniture and floor polish. The only polish we could buy was called MANSION polish. I believe it could be in short supply and so we… Continue reading Cleaning and Polishing the Home
Continuing my Mum's recollections of how life used to be for her, here are her thoughts on cleaning in the kitchen. In the summer of my 5th year we moved from a small bungalow where we lived in Peel Common, just outside Fareham, Hampshire. It was very exciting because we moved by horse and cart.… Continue reading Using and Cleaning the Kitchen Range
My Mum has superbly accepted my challenge to remember her life and how very different it is for modern day housewifes. My parents married in 1950, and their first home was a little thatched cottage - a tied home - with no electricity and an old Victorian range. Here she gives an insight to… Continue reading Washing Laundry the Hard Way in the 1950s