Pioneer Style Clothes Washing

I grew up with a washing machine but in our basement we had washboards and basins. I saw them used but I know many people have no idea how they work. But with an increasingly fragile electrical grid and financial system it isn’t so far fetched to think that one day you may have to hand wash your clothes without indoor plumbing. The video starts out with some information on pumping from a well but many of you will simply collect water where it’s available.

The video is from a living history interpreter who has some good videos up but seems to be fairly inactive these days. Too bad – he had some great info

Washboards and wash tubs can both be purchased cheap on Amazon if you don’t feel like paying a premium at an antique shop. Enjoy:

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