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

Stain Removal in Wool

Stain removal in wools of the 18th century from EWHOH. To Take Spots Out of Woolen Cloth Take some of the best fullers earth that can be got; then lay it before the fire till it is quite hard, and beat it in a morter till it is as fine as powder, then mix it […]

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 […]

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 […]