Back in the past, washing was usually done with soap (or flakes) and washboard in a washing tub. Some households may have a ringtone, which helps reduce drying time. Even with the advent of electric washing machines, many people do not have enough space or money to buy clothes dryers.Considering that everyone already has a clothesline, this seems to be an unnecessary luxury. In any case, the real work is in washing and ironing. In addition, nothing smells like clothes dried on a clothesline. At the time, there were many rules about how to hang clothes.
These Rules Save Time and Money
These rules are to save time and money. If you don’t follow these rules, you are likely to be severely talked about by your mother or grandma.
1) Before Hanging Clothes On The Clothesline, You Must Wipe The Clothesline First
This ritual helps to ensure that there is no dust or dirt on the line, so as not to leave marks when clean clothes touch.
2) Socks Should Be Hung On Toes
Hanging them in this way means that the ankles will not stretch very quickly.
3) Sheets are hung on the outer edges of the lines and intimates and unmentionables in the middle.
The delicates always were hung on the inside and large items like sheets, blankets, and towels on the sides.
Doing so can conceal the neighbor’s view of your family underwear.
4) Like Colors Are To Be Hung Together
The white sheets and linen are always hung together, and the colors are always hung together, so that even if something bleeds, it will not damage the well-bleached items.
5) Shirts Should Be Hung By The Tails, Not The Shoulders
A small crimp at the tail from a clothespin could quickly be ironed out or easily hidden by tucking in the shirt when worn.However, strange bumps on the shoulders require more work to get out, and it is best to avoid them completely by simply hanging the shirt upside down.
6) Each Item Must Share A Clothespin With Its Neighbors
This is done to save costs, because clothespins are easy to lose and often need to be replaced anyway. Many women wash a lot of clothes for their families with just a dozen clothespins. The motto as always: “Waste not, want not”.
7) No Matter The Temperature, Clothes Can Be Hung Out
It doesn’t matter if there is snow on the ground or the temperature is freezing-the clothes are hung up anyway. It is not suitable to do housework in winter, but you can prevent clothes from staining the interior. If hung by fire, the danger of washing is that it will be stained with coal or smoke, smell like smoke, or mold if it is not dried well.
8) Clothespins Are Always Inside
If you were told to bring the pegs in and you didn’t then you were most definitely In Trouble. Again, wasting things wasn’t an option and so lost pegs was extremely frustrating experience for women of generations past. Frugality was something to be mindful of at each and every chore so that no money or resources were accidentally frittered away.