Do you wash on Monday? (Podcast)


I am not talking personal hygiene here, but I am going back to the days when any decent young lady was not available for a date on one night of the week because she was washing her hair!

I take you back to the days before pressing buttons, and we are not talking modern phone help lines here…!


15 thoughts on “Do you wash on Monday? (Podcast)

  1. steph

    Well done! Grannymar. That podcast brought me right back to my own childhood and the memory of wringing out the washing. We kept our wringer in the kitchen long after the automatic washing machine came into vogue as it was so handy for wringing out hand-washed items. My teenage friends used to laugh when they saw it but they didn’t know what they were missing – it was a great way to save on ironing denim jeans!

    I reckon whoever invented fleece material deserves a medal. Not only does it wash and dry beautifully, it’s so cosy to wear. And thank heavens for paper hankies. I too enjoy ironing and use it as time out to ‘think’ or listen to the radio.

    Thank you for reminding me of how cushy life is now by comparison. I loaded the washing machine after breakfast and just walked away!

  2. Grannymar Post author

    I like you am glad that life has improved and I appreciate the ease of care and warmth of fleece clothing. I remember days when it was so cold that the close froze as they were pegged on the line, but I also remember the days when I came back into the house with an extra bounce because I smelt the first breath of Spring!

  3. steph

    “My keyboard is acting up” – it must have caught something from Grandad’s laptop!

    As long as that’s all it is?

    I’m usually good at reading between the lines – even clothes lines 😉

  4. elly parker

    I really have life easy, don’t I? All the weeks laundry can be done in one afternoon, each load moving from washer to dryer in turn, about 30 mins actual work to be done in the sorting, loading, transferring, emptying, folding.

    I’m also lucky on the ironing – neither the hubbie or I have to wear formal clothes for work, it’s jeans, t-shirts and jumpers all the way. I made a conscious decision years ago to stop buying clothing that needing ironing, and to this day there are only about 5 pieces in my entire wardrobe that need ironed – these days I rarely iron more than one item a month!

    Dishes are another matter, for that I have my hubbie, but he only likes to work one day a week normally. Roll on next summer and us getting our new house, it will come with a dishwasher! No more planning meals by what implements are still clean!

    Hoovering and floor washing is the next task in line to have the effort taken out of it – thinking of asking for one of these for Xmas 2008 (yes mother, I still plan that far ahead!)

  5. Grannymar Post author

    Elly I don’t envy you the easier life, I only hope you appreciate it.

    Stop wishing your life away, just live NOW!

  6. Ian


    You were very posh – washing machine in the 1940s and your yard inside. You must have lived in Malone or Cherry Velley!

    I remember my Nan in Somerset still doing the Monday wash by hand in the 1970s. Rainwater was brought in from a tank (the local water being very hard and no good for suds). She had a spin drier and a boiler (for doing the whites). The Christmas puddings used to get wrapped in muslin and boiled in the boiler!

  7. Grannymar Post author


    ‘Malone or Cherry Velley’ lol!
    After 30 years here in the wee north it feels like a lifetime.

    I was born and reared in Dublin. My mum got the washing machine in 1949. She needed it with all our gang. We had very long back gardens and there about three stretches of clothesline.

  8. Nancy


    I remember when I got my first automatic washing machine, after using the GE spinner type (a bit like the one in your picture) for 5 years. The year was 1955.

    I was so thrilled to get it that I was washing everything in sight. My husband said that I would have put the mattresses in the washer if they would have fit. He was right!

    Then a few years later came the dryer. I was in Heaven. No more clothes lines and having the baby’s diapers FREEZE on the line and having to be draped over a radiator to be softened and dried, only to be wet again in an hour or so……..

    Oh, Elly, you are a lucky girl to be living in the era of Drip dry and Perma press clothing. I wanted to press something the other day and couldn’t because I was not able to locate the IRON……… Hallelujah………….

  9. Baino

    I remember the old ‘twin tub’ – washing machine on one side and spin dry on the other. My mum used a pair of wooden tongs to transfer clothes from one side to the other. Archaic! I also remember her boiling handkerchiefs in a special saucepan. It always struck me as disgusting and I do not lament the passing of the hankie. Tissues are far more hygenic. For me, washing day is Saturday . . .sheets and all. Sort, wash with powder already mixed with softener . . hang . . dry . . fold. . .put away. Ironing! You like Ironing? My gran used to use an old glass vinegar bottle with water in it, affectionately known as a “Degging” bottle, to pre dampen clothese before ironing. Crazy women! Fold carefully and no need to iron!

  10. Grannymar Post author

    I am glad the young folk of today do not have the drudgery of housework!
    Life is so much better in many ways now.

    The person who invented tissues should be canonized!

    Baino my mother used a small bowl of water and she dipped her fingers in it and then flicked the water onto the clothes item on the ironing board.

  11. Gary


    Love the podcast – love the accent !!!

    My wife came from a family of eight from a pit village near Newcastle-u-Tyne and her mothers most prized assett was her Bendix automatic washing machine, she kept it on a service contract long after the maintenance company begged her to stop asking them to call out, in the end they replaced it free of charge, it was cheaper for them that way.


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