I happened across a “recipe” for wash day which was printed in the back of an old cookbook I bought at a book sale recently. I print it without edits:
Receipt fer Wash Day (1916)
1) Bilt fire in backyeard to heat kettle of rain water. 2)Set tubs so smoke want blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3)Ahave of one hole cake lie soap in bilin water. 4)Sort things, make three piles: one pile white and one pile collored and one pile work britchies and rags. 5) Stir flour in cold water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water. 6) Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, thin bile. Rub collored but don’t bile, just rinch in starch.
7) Take white things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch and starch. 8) Hand old rags on fince. 9) Spread towels on grass.
10) Pore rinch water in flower bed. 11) Scrub porch with hot soapy water. 12) turn tubs upside down. 13. Go put on house dress, smooth hair with side combs. 14) Brew cup of tea, set and rest and rock a spell and count yore blessings. (source unknown)
Think of this as you force yourself to go dump your dirty clothes in the washing machine then whine when you have to move them to the dryer.