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   In an effort to help the faithful army of Iowa housewives who read this magazine, we have devoted this entire issue to the housewife’s weekly schedule.  Included are practical suggestions which the homemaker will find useful.  The many time-saving devices now being sold and the constant work load of the housewife make the weekly household schedule a most timely topic.


    It is universally accepted that Monday is washday across America.  The following equipment should be at hand before beginning the day’s work:

              Copper wash boiler
              Hard soap
              Wash board
              Wooden washtub
              Clothesline (100 feet)
              Clothes wringer

    Rise early on Monday morning, fill the copper boiler with water and set it to boil while you do the hen house chores.  When breakfast has been eaten and cleanup finished the water will be just right to begin washing.  Cut several pieces of  hard soap into shavings and put them in the boiling water.
    Put in the white clothes, and  boil them twenty  minutes.  Take  out with  as little water as possible, and without wringing, put into  clear,  cold water.  If there are any soiled spots remaining on the clothes, they  should be rubbed out before wringing from this water into the bluing water.  The  tub of bluing water is set  near  the wringer, so that the articles shall  fall  into it from the wringer. Put the second  load of clothes into the  boiler in the same water  from  which  the white things were taken,  and  repeat the same process; but, if   you  have a   third boiler full, it will be better to  prepare  fresh  water. 

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