Pioneer Skills Pioneer Clothes Washing

Pioneer Skills Pioneer Clothes Washing



hello my name is Scott and welcome to the Living History School today we're going to be washing our clothes using a washboard and heating up the water over the fire as you see and we have our wash tubs and we're getting ready to and wash them clothes Pioneer style so one of the first things you're going to have to do if you're gonna wash your clothes is you're gonna have to get some water out of the well so in order to get the well going and have to easily prime the pump and that's just basically putting water up in here allows the suction to pull the water so next once you've got your water from the well you basically fill your bucket up and you suspend it over the fire I have an old-time set up here it's of blacksmiths forged rods that kind of fit in this slot there it's a three piece system two rods go here and then this frost piece goes across here and then I suspend the pot above the fire using an S hook and this is an S so cuz basically in the safe of an S and you can tip and it makes that easier for taking the pot off the fire so your next step is to basically pull the water off the fire some clergy you need to pop some kind of pothole or cloth or just pick it up like that hot boiling water here and you just walk over to the wash tub here and you some wash so here's our here's our washboard and then we have our clothes soaking in here you can usually fill this up I'm just going to wash one shirt today so there's not much water here but you can fill this up quite a bit with hot water and then you can just let it sit in there and you can also use what's called an agitator which is just kind of a plunger shaped item with a big metal head on it I'm not gonna do that today but you can just kind of educate you can use a stick to agitate the clothes around there in the hot water and then when you're ready here we'll start scrubbing on the washboard so this is basically a washboard you can pick these up that some in some own some catalogs that you can still order these today and then you can use two different types of soap I have just regular lye soak that I made from from lye and an animal fat and I have a whole bowl of it here and you can use that and this when you're washing the stuff usually sits up in this little this little ledge here it's just right up on the ledge and then when you go to put some soap on the on whatever you're washing and then you just stick it back up on the ledge but you can also purchase what it's called a 20 Mule Team borax soap and war axe is mined naturally right out of the ground and the borax mines and this this brand of soap you could pick it up at almost all grocery stores and it's been manufactured since 1818 91 and you could just dump some of that in there and and that could be your laundry detergent if you don't want to use the old lye soap my sup is it's kind of rough on your hands it'll eat away on your hands too a lot so I just add a little something there ready to wash got to watch the buttons to make sure the buttons aren't grinding too much on the washboard then we'll knock them off you just kind of kind of work your way up you can kind of just rub and kind of gather don't like that and then when you're all done I like to take this and transfer it over to another wash tub with cold water and you just let that sit in there and you rinse it out to make sure all the soaps out of it and then you take it out of there and you can basically you can just hand wring it out it's the easiest way or you can buy yourself and one of the mechanical wringer so you crank on the side of it and and that's a kind of a clicker way but you don't have a whole lot of laundry to do you could just wring it out by hand and then we're ready to take it over to the clothesline and hang it up on the clothesline so we have our piece of lawn one of the pieces of laundry here and we're gonna so pretty much wrung out we're just gonna go over here and hang it on the clothesline you have some real old-fashioned clothespins these don't even have springs in them just one side on the clothesline in make sure the other side spokes nice and tight over on this side clip that and we're done well I'd like to thank you for joining me today on the living history school and hopefully you learned a little bit about how to wash your clothes pioneer style and hopefully you enjoy our other pioneer skills you know subscribe to my channel

40 Replies to “Pioneer Skills Pioneer Clothes Washing”

  1. My grandparents didn't have a washing machine. I spent a lot of time with my grandma washing clothes. She would wet the board and then rub the soap on the board, then scrub the clothes. You should also know that you dissolve soap, borax, etc. in the water before putting the clothes in. Borax is only a detergent booster, it is not detergent. It was especially used with lye soap to make it wash better. Too, you are going to have stiff clothes and maybe even break out in a rash. You need to rinse your clothes in clear water after washing and before hanging. My grandma and my mother both rinsed in two diffn't tubs of water. First a tub of warm water then a tub of cold water and THEN you hang them up to dry.

  2. thanks great video……i would like to take this moment to say washing this way you need not go to l a fitness…..

  3. Clothes always come out so fresh this way! I hope you will also come on over and join me and my family on our homestead channel:)

  4. I bought my rub board in town. some place in the US still sale them. I do my laundry this way. There about 9 people in our family, 4 of them children under 5.

  5. My grandmother washed the whites first, then clothes and jeans and dirtier clothes last. She also ironed her sheets.. we are so spoiled today… great video!

  6. Soap is made with different considerations in mind. Laundry soap is very low in superfatting percentage, usually 1%, which is fine for washing clothes because the cleansing properties are good, but it can be drying to your hands, because it's not conditioning. I make soap at about 5-8%, which makes an ice bath soap, but I know people take it right up to 20% for some soaping ingredients. If you get your ingredients measured correctly you'll have no problems with lye soap.

  7. i make Lye Soap..it is not hard on your hands if made right..you have to much lye in your mix, add more fat..the fat is a moisturiser

  8. Then cut the bars the way you want them. Then let them sit a few days to let harden completely. You can always use it right after cutting but it won't last long due to being soft. Before using lye soap I had eczema on my upper arms and now it's disappearing. I have also heard its a good moisturizer and helps psoriasis

  9. You will need for 1 pound…. 3oz lye, 6oz filtered water or well water, and 1 pound of home rendered lard. Or store bought lard. Homemade works better. You melt the lard and then add the lye water to it. Then either stir or blend with a hand blender until very thick. Almost like vanilla pudding. Then add the mixture to a cast iron kettle or a stainless steel pot and cook over low heat about 45 min stirring occasionally. Cooking cooks the lye out of the soap. Then pour into mold and let cool.

  10. if you make lye soap the correct way it will NOT eat away at your skin. my grandmother, great grandmother all used lye soap and never had problems, and now i have been using it and my skin is healthier and looks the best it has in years. and i used to have eczema on my arms and since i have been using homemade lye soap its went away. but great washing demonstration!

  11. yes you can, its called potash, you have to be care full because of the lye in the ash will eat your skin away after prolonged use.

  12. this system is still been used in Mexico, I washed clothes like this for many years, the washboard can be of glass or metal, actually Wal mart is selling the pails and washborads now in south Texas, I saw them at a store, and it was a wow moment for me

  13. Cool video on old style cleaning. I am getting the washboard and a "Rapid Washer – DIY Manual Hand Washing Machine", it is just a wide plunger on a stick, and use this in a 6 gallon pail, also may get a hand cranked clothes wringer.

  14. thankyou! XD that's where i got mine! I use it every time i need clothes done! i absolutely love it!

  15. 8 quarters for the wash, and for the dry, plus a microwave and my remote for my TV. I'm happy. Forget all this heavy work. I'm tired just watching all this drudge work.

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