Ever wondered how the Amish get their laundry done? Laundry duties are usually assigned to women in Amish homes. They normally do not use electricity. But most families do use generator powered wringer washers to get their laundry done.
Amish families are usually large. With sometimes over eight children. So laundry is a very important duty and can be a very grand task. Also, the Amish are very earthy people, who get hands-on with farming, typical yard and household chores, gardening, and even their chosen careers can get them quite dirty. How then do Amish women end up having those wonderful lines of clothes looking so clean and smelling so fresh all the time? Well… Here is how to get the same laundry results even if you are not Amish.
Make A Schedule
Schedule your wash days. Most Amish women have a set day to do laundry. But some might even have three laundry days per week. Set your laundry schedule based on the size of your family, and how much or how often things get dirty around your home. Be as flexible as you need to be and break it up into multiple days as you see it fit.
After The Weekend
In most Amish communities, it is a common practice for laundry day to be on Mondays. This is so because they prefer to have their clothes washed right after the weekend. A lot of activities take place on the weekends, including church. More clothes are worn on weekends, so it works just fine for them to get their laundry done right after the weekend. Also, Amish rest day is Sunday. And it makes perfect sense to take on laundry right after a day of rest, as it requires so much energy.
Ahead Of Time
Scheduling laundry on a Monday also ensures necessary clothes for the coming weekend will get a chance to be washed, dried and ironed in time. Regardless of weather conditions or emergency situations, there will be enough time to reschedule for another day in the week if the need presents itself.
Bluing Your Whites
Washing blue is a household product that the Amish use in their wash water. Bluing is especially used for whites, as it gives them a whiter look.
Using baking soda in the wash water will help to get your clothes really clean and eliminate bad odors.
Use Hot Water
Amish use boiling hot water to wash their clothes. It kills bacteria and it is another trick for making whites look whiter.
Make Your Own Soap
Most Amish women make their own laundry soap. It takes a lot of time. But they usually dedicate an entire day to making soap that will last them for months. When you do the calculations, you will see that over time, you will be saving a lot of money by making your own laundry soap.
The Amish do not use any machinery for drying, so clothes are always line-dried. However, line drying your clothes will make them last longer. As it doesn’t damage your clothes like a regular dryer with all that lint and stretching. Here are a few line drying tips from Amish Women.
Make Strong Clotheslines
Use sturdy material to make your clotheslines so you do not have your lines breaking while hanging your clothes, or right after you have hung three lines of line laundry.
Inside Line Drying
Rainy days are fun, but not on laundry days if you are line drying. However, you can still hang your clothes to dry by putting up lines in your basement or on your porch.
Easily Iron Frozen Clothes
For clothes that are frozen from drying outside in the winter, or did not dry properly, you can go ahead and iron them without having to dampen them.
Whiter And Better Fragrance
It has been proven by many that line drying your whites on a cold winter day will make them whiter. Also, winter freeze-drying is said to make clothes smell really good.
Give It As Much Time
Letting your clothes dry outside during winter can result in stiff clothes, which thaw when you take them back inside, leaving them with some dampness. But leaving the clothes on the line for more than a day will allow them to be fully dried, and not so stiff.
We hope these tips will help you to have more frugal and better laundry days.
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