I haven’t written about laundry or clotheslines in awhile, but just wanted to reassure you that I am still a 100% air-dryer (since my dryer broke in 2005). I have been rejoicing in the warmer, sunnier days here in the Pacific Northwest, because I am able to hang laundry out on my backyard clothesline. Drying… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Laundry
Washing Clothes the Wartime Way with DUZ!
Laundry is eternal, even during wartime. This is a great vintage 1945 ad for DUZ laundry soap, on how wash all your clothes during those trying days. DUZ cleaned grimy overalls, dirty towels and pretty undies with equal ease. Women everywhere called DUZ a washday wonder! I like the suggestion to use just a little… Read more »
The 1930s: When Parents Blamed Your Marriage Problems On Dirty Undies
This cringeworthy Lux soap ad is from the May 1939 issue of Ladies Home Journal magazine. Wow, talk about shaming women! To have your Dad confront you about your husband “neglecting” you is beyond the pale. But then nosy Dad discusses with meddling Mom his concerns about Peggy and Don’s unhappy marriage. Mom comes over… Read more »
Clotheslines in Late Summer
As I was hanging my laundry out on the clothesline today, I realized that it is the perfect time of year for air-drying. Temps are in the upper 70s, and there is a moderate breeze to keep things moving on the line. Since Mother Nature is unpredictable, it’s nice to have an optimum balance, especially… Read more »
The Feng Shui of Clotheslines
Feng Shui (meaning “wind” and “water”) is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It is based on the principle of “chi”, a life-force energy that flows through your house and surrounding landscape. The idea is to balance the soft, slow, receptive, feminine Yin energy with the hard, fast, active, masculine Yang energy. I’ve been dabbling… Read more »
Vintage 1955 Wonder-Power Pink Dreft Washes Everything!
Could anything be more vintage 1955 than this swell dishwashing detergent? Presenting the amazing Wonder-Power Pink Dreft! What’s cool is that it came in granular form, which apparently made water feel like a lotion, while the wonder-soft suds dissolved grease the fastest way possible. Plus it is pink. PINK, people! (I love pink, if you… Read more »