50's Housewife Laundry Tips

Line Drying

In the 50's my grandma did not have a dryer. She would hang her clothes outside on a line. Although there were dryers in the 50's not all had them because they were much more expensive. 

When you hang your clothes on a line they smell so much better! Before I would line dry I had a lot of clothes I would hang in my laundry room to dry because a lot of clothes can shrink or be damaged in the dryer. I always had to pick through clothes to find the ones that could or could not be put in the dryer.

 Line Drying Fixes

If you do not have a yard to put up a line, or when weather does not permit. You can hang clothes inside! Set up a line in a laundry room or spare space you have available.

Clothes sometimes get stiff when you line dry. Try putting a 1/2 cup of vinegar in your washer. Windy days are best for drying clothes to be soft and fluffy. If all else fails after clothes are dry you can put them in the dryer for a couple minutes to fluff up. This requires using the dryer so it is not my favorite option, but will only be for a couple minutes verses the whole drying process. 

Clothes you do not want to fade from the sun turn inside out to dry. For whites the sun helps stay white and bleaches them naturally.


Natural Stain Remover

Instead of buying stain removers from the store try hydrogen peroxide or baking soda and vinegar

  • Put hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a spray bottle for easy use on stains
  • Spray stains with hydrogen peroxide and let sit before washing
  • Sprinkle stains with baking soda then spray with vinegar and let sit before washing