Nothing to me is more reminiscent of a bygone era of early pioneers making their own way in the world than the thought of washing laundry by hand. I do have a conventional washer and dryer but I want to reduce the amount of resources I use and become more self sufficient while honing my homesteading skills.
I found a washboard at Home Hardware and ordered it. I had it sent to my local store so that I could avoid paying shipping and handling. Today I walked up to the hardware store and now I am the proud owner of an Economy Glass washboard #52 manufactured by The Canadian Woodenware Co. This washboard is 12″ x 24″.
On the back of the washboard they have printed the following brief history:
Canadian Woodenware Co. was founded at St. Thomas Ontario in 1916. A Canadian company that makes wood washboards. The Economy, Pearl, The Canuck, Empire Globe, Jubilee, All Wood Rub, are just a few of the washboards from the past. We continue the traditions of the original washboards created by hand in Havelock, Ontario, Canada.
I won’t be washing all my clothes by hand yet but I will be doing some! I plan to hang every hand washed load to drip dry making the process as energy efficient and self sufficient as I can.
It really is the little things that make me happy and today I am smiling about socks that will no longer look dingy!