Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wringers, mangles and laundry day
Grandma Dorothy taught me to fold the flat things like towels and sheets so they would run through the narrow wringer without jamming."Watch out for your fingers." Oops it almost got me.
Then she taught me how to release the wringer so I could get the towels that jammed out of the wringer and try again.
She taught me to fold the blue jeans so that the zipper was protected.
"Watch your fingers." Oops I felt the pull of the ringer on my finger tips.
She taught me to fold anything with buttons so that the buttons lay flat and were protected from being crushed from the wringer.
"Keep your fingers back." Near miss. It almost got me!
Then one day Grandma went to an auction and came home with a "mangle". I was fascinated. It was a metal cabinet. Inside was a cloth covered roller. You plugged it in and it heated up. She said you could iron sheets. Who knew you could irons sheets. My mom folds the flat sheet and stuffs it along with the fitted sheet into the pillow case that matches so the set stays together.
It worked a lot like the wringer on the washer. Feed the material into the roller and it came out pressed.
"Keep your fingers out of the way or you'll get burned." Wow such danger and adventure in the laundry room!Grandma told me if you were really good you could iron shirts and pants and skirts and dresses. And my grandma was THAT good. I never got that good, but she did let me iron the flat sheets and her table cloths..