This post is a little picture heavy, sorry!
We decided to try our hand at washing clothes just like the pioneers did. My kids really enjoyed this! Brie asked if we could do shirts the next day! Laundry is my nemesis, so maybe I should let the kids start to wash it the old fashioned way!
We used an old wash board, a water bath canner to wash in and 2 five gallon buckets to rinse with. In our house we use castile soap to wash with, I decided that was close enough to what they would have used. I know it's not exact, but sometimes you have to use what you have!
We only washed socks. I thought that would be easiest! They all thought the socks seemed whiter when they were done, compared to when they're washed by a machine.
I didn't do it true to the way the pioneers did. The pioneers would have done it by heating water over a fire. Once the water was hot they would've added cold to make it OK to touch. (I got hot water out of the tap and then added cold so it was warm to touch.) The 2 rinse buckets were cold.
Brie hard at work! She did mention it was set up wrong for her to use as she's a lefty!! (oops!)
The boys had fun rinsing the socks out! (a chance to play in the water always = fun!)
Reuben wanted included in all the picture taking!
Titus rinsing his sock out!
Rubbing soap over the board first, the way the pioneers did!
Really working hard to try to get those socks white!
Zeke working with a smile!