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There aren't a whole lot of childhood memories that I remember with fondness, but laundry day is one of them.
Stop laughing, I'm serious... lol

Most of the time we had one of the old ringer type washers. The ones where you let everything wash until you thought they were clean and got around to taking the time to run everything through the ringers..... and hopefully you let go before it took your fingers or if you were really small, your whole arm... ... and into wash tubs with rinse water. Then you made sure they had all the soap out of them by submerging them several times by hand and ran them through the ringer again. Usually twice. Then we carried the baskets outside to put everything on the line.

I don't really remember when we got an automatic washer..... or a dryer... but I remember my Mom had a wringer washer until I was 17 for the heavy stuff and the stuff that needed a longer wash cycle.

I do remember, for what seemed like ages, I did have to tote everything to the laundrymat on a weekly basis, or Mom would drop me off and then pick me back up. I think where we had moved to after a bad fire didn't have room for the washer.

It just wasn't the same...

Laundry day was the day that my Mom and I actually got along. She was in a good mood and we talked and/or laughed together.
Everything smelled clean and fresh... not just the laundry, but life in general. It was kind of like all the problems went down the drain with the dirty wash water..... at least for that day.

Most of the time my Mom used Tide, Downy and Clorox.
She did sometimes buy the ones that you got free things in, such as bath towels or glasses. But it seems like we always went back to Tide after we had collected a few of whatever she was collecting then.

Over the years I have tried different laundry soaps and fabric softeners, sort of thinking that the ones from my childhood were old fashioned and there were probably better ones now. ..but I always go back to Tide and liquid Downy.
For me, they just do the job well.
On the rare occasions that I use chlorine bleach, I use Clorox and I use Clorox 2 powder.

Isn't it strange how sometimes we get set in our ways with what we use and/or like, even if it's from our yesterdays? New doesn't always mean better.

Do you have any of those brands that you remember from when you were a child that you still use or have went back to?
Have you found your own favorites, or do you buy what is most convenient or on sale?

And yes, I still like laundry day where everything smells fresh and clean...

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onehornytoad69

Aug 17 @ 6:30AM  
I miss the Old "Ringer " type washers!!! You could wash anything you wanted....and it would not hurt the Machine!!!

Do you have any of those brands that you remember from when you were a child that you still use or have went back to?
Have you found your own favorites, or do you buy what is most convenient or on sale?

I had 3 sisters....and 2 brothers.... the women took care of the Inside...of the house and the guys took care of the Outside!!!
Although...I think all of us had our fingers caught in the "ringers" a few times..
I buy whats on sale!!! Mom used "Tide" also!!! Hell, I can't afford the "Good Stuff!"
Lisa46

Aug 17 @ 7:49AM  
Yep my mom also used Tide I do remember those ringer washers. I was just talking about Central Air yesterday lol I was 9 when we got it in the new house after mom and dad divorced And she froze our asses off
NightOfOld

Aug 17 @ 8:02AM  

What, you mean to say you didn't use Oxidol ? What about Borax ?
earthquake501

Aug 17 @ 8:43AM  
I can't recall how many times I got my fingers/hand/arms caught in the wringers. I liked it when I would run a pair of jeans or something thru and the pocket would be full of water, then squirt out who knows where. My mother used Tide and Purex, also she would put some bluing in the rinse water.
RevDocLove

Aug 17 @ 9:05AM  
Good ol' Maytag washers with a one cylinder gas engine
that was a bitch to start..
Tide had more fillers than cleansers in..That's why it took so
many rinsings to get the soap out..Of course, back then, there
really wasn't that many choices..
Wordsofwit

Aug 17 @ 9:27AM  
Ah, yes, laundry. I will just throw out some disconnected points on it.

I don't remember us having a ringer washer but my grandmother did. We were not allowed anywhere near it. Instead using bleach, my grandmother used this liquid called bluing. This stuff would stain your skin blue and was also daubed on any insect bites or stings.

Nothing pissed my mother off more than going out to bring the laundry in from the clothes line and discovering that one or more birds had made some bombing runs.

If I got mad at my little brother and hit him, I got whipped. One time I got mad at him and but some Kleenexes in the pocket of his dirty Levis destined to be washed. It was the perfect crime and frame job. He got worked over by her in a way that satisfied me tremendously.

Does anybody remember the boxes of detergent that came with a free glass or towels inside?

In our house, there was a space in the kitchen next to the refrigerator for a washer. But the house was built before people had dryers, so there was no place for one. I remember my mom being upset because she couldn't get one because of it.

Finally, a marketing genius realized that this was a problem for many homes and they came out with smaller dryers that stacked on top of a front loading dishwasher. So my dad surprised her with one. The problem was that she couldn't get to the controls of the washer because the dryer blocked them. She was quite frustrated and my brother and I started laughing. That made her begin to weep. My dad came in and didn't share our sense of humor, "You think it's so damned funny, I'll give you something to laugh about." A couple of backhanded smacks put an end to our giggles and grins. My dad finally had to rework the garage and his work benches to accommodate the dryer.
Cootiesprayer

Aug 17 @ 9:37AM  
Yup, to this day I still use lemon pine sol, tide, downy & Pledge...i love it right after i really clean the whole house smells so nice...it is kind of funny though you tend to use what you remember from your youth chuckle...
selectusername

Aug 17 @ 9:53AM  
Ivory liquid for me, everthing else has too many
harsh chemicals and perfumes which irritate

my skin and make me itch!
sarafinablu

Aug 17 @ 11:06AM  
AWWWWW the ringer washer....what good memories! Her's a gren thingy for this trip down memory lane!
casuallylooking

Aug 17 @ 1:05PM  
Does anybody remember the boxes of detergent that came with a free glass or towels inside?
She did sometimes buy the ones that you got free things in, such as bath towels or glasses. But it seems like we always went back to Tide after we had collected a few of whatever she was collecting then.

I buy whats on sale!!! Mom used "Tide" also!!! Hell, I can't afford the "Good Stuff!"
I use sale ads and coupons, Alex. I can usually get Tide for about the same price as a store brand or such. And I've discovered although the same price, powder ends up being less expensive than liquid.








theSkwirl

Aug 17 @ 1:27PM  
I can't even remember how many times I was armpit deep in the wringer. Sigh.. yeah clothes sure dried fast after being through the ringer didn't they?

Mom always used tide, I'm using the sheet thingy from clorox .. I think clorox.. hell might be purex.. and we used bleach on everything.
Dione

Aug 17 @ 2:06PM  
We used Tide at our house. I enjoyed laundry day after it was done... smelling sunshine on clean sheets that dried outdoors was wonderful!
Linda318

Aug 17 @ 3:23PM  
I remember my grandmother heating water over the fire in a big black kettle and then pouring the water in a wash tub. She used lye soap and a scrub board. The white clothes always were done first, and she also used bluing. Later she got a wringer washer that had a motor and finally a winger washer that used electricity.
Linda318

Aug 17 @ 3:24PM  
I remember my grandmother heating water over the fire in a big black kettle and then pouring the water in a wash tub. She used lye soap and a scrub board. The white clothes always were done first, and she also used bluing. Later she got a wringer washer that had a motor and finally a winger washer that used electricity.
shewolf53

Aug 17 @ 3:41PM  
When my oldest son was born a friend gave me an old 1931 Maytag ringer waher so I would not have to go to the laundry mat. I used it for about fifteen years and then sold it to an antique dealer. At our house it was always Fab and Clorox in the whites. I still have a whole set of those glasses my Grandma collected out of detergent boxes. She would get them and pack them away for later and then if anyone was starting out and did not have much she would give them a set.
sugarnspice005

Aug 17 @ 8:10PM  
My Mom used to use a ringer washer at the little cottage up north that my parents used to have. It took a few years before Dad was able to get a washer and dryer up there for her. My Mom always used Tide, Downy, and Clorox bleach for laundry. She has tried other things like Purex, Trend, etc, but she always went back to Tide. Me, I love using Tide, but I like Snuggle for my softner, and I also use Clorox bleach.

Dad, he is totally a Little Ceasers fan. Only take pizza he will eat. Myself, I like Little Ceasers, but I also like Domino's, Papa John's, Cottage Inn, Jet's and Pizza Hut.

LilGriz

Aug 17 @ 9:59PM  
And yes, I still like laundry day where everything smells fresh and clean..

With the exception of MY laundry day - if it's dirty (can stand and walk by itself ) in it all goes in at once. Less confusion that way...
casuallylooking

Aug 17 @ 11:23PM  
Less confusion that way...
You forgot to mention that when I am there, you are not allowed to touch the laundry...No confussion at all there...


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