Wash – Laundry Slideshow

Wash Slideshow How to do the wash, as a civilian in the 18th century. If you would like to learn more about military wash techniques please view the other slideshow on this site. It details laundry being done in a military setting. Slideshow by Cat Tannenbaum Schirf

Getting Stains Out of Linen

My goal is to regularly update this page with processes that were used to clean linen in the 18th century. To Make Linen That is Turned Yellow Very White To make Linen that is turned yellow very white. Heat Milk over the Fire, and add to a Gallon a Pound of Cake Soap scraped in, […]

Laundry Demonstration

Why Laundry? The purpose of this article to assist living historians learn enough about laundry to develop their own demonstration. It will focus on the best practices being used in a perfect situation, as if one had all the knowledge and resources available at the time being put into proper practice. This does not reflect […]

The Laundrymaid – Clear Starching

A transcription from John Perkins “Laundry Maid -Every Woman Her Own House-keeper; Or, The Ladies’ Library, Containing the Cheapest and Most Extensive System of Cookery Ever Offered to the Public. … Also, The Family Physician; Or, A Complete Body of Domestic Medicine.” 1796 This we conceive to be an article of so much use in female economy, […]

Forget the Wash Board

Washboards With Ridges The old timey ridged washboard was not used to do laundry until the 19th century. Bucking, clapping and heating laundry is very effective when laundering linens.   Wash boards with ridges are something that came to the United States long after the Revolutionary War. In France and Italy there are painting’s of women […]