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Mondays was Wash Day

Updated on August 23, 2012

that's just the way it was...

When I was growing up, Monday was wash day! My momma always washed clothes on Monday. I even wrote a Hub about it last year. But in addition to washing our clothes, she also had to put them all on the line to dry and every day was not also a sunny day, which leads to this Hub. Recently I was with a friend of mine shopping for a new washer and dryer as a surprise for his wife. I just made comment on how things had changed over the years and once again remembered that Monday was Wash Day. He just chuckled a little and said, "Every day is wash day it seems." I agreed, things have definitely changed over the years, but I told him when I was a little boy my mother always did the family washing on Mondays. He said he hadn't noticed that much when he was growing up, but I surely did.

Did your mom have a certain day to do the family wash?

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every Monday
every Monday

"there's a right way..."

I remarked, "mom always did the washing on Monday and we always had dried beans that day." I told him how mom used to wash the clothes by hand at first and used a washboard on the really soiled things like jeans. After that, dad bought mom, a Maytag with a ringer on it that seemed to free up a bit more time. After the basement was dugout and poured under the house, he purchased mom's first Westinghouse washer and dryer. Mom said that was a big help, but she still didn't like to use the dryer so much. She was just used to hanging the family wash on the line to dry. While the clothes were washing, she could go out and wipe the clothes line down to get it ready for the washing. She was particular as she hung the clothes on the line and even said, ‘there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything.’ As she would carry the clothes basket, I usually followed carrying the bag with the clothes pins.

whites with whites and darks with darks
whites with whites and darks with darks

the clothes smelled fresher...

She even had a certain way to place the clothes in the basket, the heavy things were placed first like the sheets and the jeans and the lighter things were placed on top. She hung the lighter things on the inside lines and the jeans and sheets she always hung on the outside lines. My mom was very meticulous that way. It didn't matter what the weather was like she always did the wash on Mondays, rain or shine. If she couldn’t hang the clothes out on the line because of the bad weather, she would string up a line to use in the two back rooms. I recall we had to walk around carefully if the clothes were hung inside, she didn't want to have to washing anything a second time that week. In between the washing and hanging of clothes mom would check on the beans and add water if needed. It was amazing to me to see how well she managed things.

the rule of thumb...

Like I said before, there was an order about how she did things. She always hung our undergarments on the inside lines, then the shirts and trousers with the bed clothes on the outside lines. That didn't make much sense to a little boy, but I've since seen something online that explains this all very well. I don't know who wrote it originally, I've never seen where anyone ever received credit for it, it goes like this:

Checkout this link: http://spunfull.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/remembering-moms-clothesline/

Like I say, I don't know who to give credit to for this, but it sure brought back memories when I first read it and probably will to many of you...

© 2012 SamSonS

smell the freshness...
smell the freshness...

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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    4 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much davenstan and christin53 for visiting and reading this hub. I think things are much better now than what they were when we were children but we still like to remember when, as we reminisce...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    4 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks so much Maggie for reading and commenting on my hub, 'Mondays was Wash Day'. Things are certainly more 'consumer oriented' today with a variety of helps available; but back when I was growing up in east Tennessee times were much harder and our mothers had to plan their work out around the needs and desires of normal family life...

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    Maggie Crooks 

    4 years ago

    I remember wash day. For about 6 months we didn't have a dryer and it was too expensive to wash and dry at the laundromat, so we hung clothes outside. We only had room for one clothesline, tho. So one load of wash, then hang it and wash another; but then we had to wait for the other load to dry. Still it got done, and it did smell fresher. It's also good exercise. All that bending and lifting, yep. Good for you.

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    Ann-Christin 

    6 years ago from UK

    I enjoyed reading this I have a dryer but prefer to hang clothes out on the line in fine weather they do smell much fresher. I also use the same order as your mum heavy things in the basket first so the lighter things hang on the inside of the line.

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    Katina Davenport 

    6 years ago

    Found this link on Redgage. Very interesting story about your mom. My mother did washing on Saturday. So did I for a while. Now my hubby does the laundry. It frees me up to do other things around the house and write hubs.

    Voted up and interesting!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    Thank you so much Irene for reading this and making your kind remarks...

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    irenemaria 

    6 years ago from Sweden

    You stirred up memories in my mind with this hub.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you so much Jackie. Your son was right, and if you hung sheets on the line, did you notice the freshness that only comes from hanging them out on a line...

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    6 years ago from The Beautiful South

    There was seven of us and I think my mom had more than one wash day but I do still remember those fresh smelling clothes. A few months ago my dryer broke down and I had to use a line outside awhile and I did a lot of complaining. One day my son said while feeling the shirt he had on that he liked the way they feel, like more body or something. I said I think that means they are just stiffer!

    Loved your memories, brings back my own.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR

    Sam 

    6 years ago from Tennessee

    you are most gracious in your comments. I know you have been very busy with your 'passion', but I've certainly missed you and your most anticipated replies to my writings...

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    Rebecca E. 

    6 years ago from Canada

    what an awesome hub, it's pretty cool to write about something as simple as washing day-- and make it so awesome!

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