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Friday, August 6, 2010

Charting the Way to Successful Stain Removal

Note: Please link to Keeper of the Home (where I am a contributing writer) for a free stain removal chart (find it at the bottom of the post) and the remainder of this article.

A Common Thread in the Fabric of Life

It's something we all do on a regular basis; one of the most common threads among women around the globe. Of course, you've guessed it by now because of the picture... LAUNDRY.

The Romance of the Clothesline

I've always been fascinated with laundered clothes hung out to dry when visiting other places. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, my husband and I were treated to clotheslines beautifully bedecked with Amish clothing. Mostly black and dark in color and very plain in nature, the shirts, dresses and trousers blowing in the wind were a testament of a simpler way of life and of a little bit of romance lost to those of us who have only to press the "normal" button on the electric clothes dryer to have dry clothing.

While in Africa on several mission trips, I laundered our clothing all by hand. There, the women use four or five small plastic basins - one with soapy water to clean the clothing and the rest for repeated rinses. After it is wrung out, the clothing is hung to dry on make-shift clotheslines or on the bushes. It may or may not get dry, depending on the humidity and also rain. You may actually bring the clothes in several hours later just as wet as when you hung them out.

One thing is certain, however, we should learn from the rest of the world to employ the faithful clothesline in our own backyards. It is yet another way to save our environment and be a good steward of the earth. And our gas and electricity bills will reflect a savings also.


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