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Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

TORPC
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Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

Just had a flashback of my Mum / Dad / Nan's
Boiling the weekly whites / nappies etc, on the stove to get & keep them clean
Looking back although nowadays it seems quite primitive,
The whites used to stay whiter & last for longer, without the need for the extra modern day products that one can / could purchase
What do think ?Huh
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

When we were first married in 1965 SWMBO used to have large metal bucket for boiling whites.
Having been born before WW2 I can remember my mother also boiling clothes.
Very dangerous procedure.
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

I still do when I am cleaning handkerchiefs when I have had a heavy cold to make sure the germs are killed
TORPC
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

The good old fashioned methods are the best (don't you think ??)
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

Ours were done in the pressure cooker (which also did our food after a good wash !)
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

In the basement of an old house my parents used to own, we had a very large Copper Boiler, gas fired, and built into a concrete plinth / surround.
Used to be used for  clothes washing, with a Mangle next to it...
And some very large wooden tongs !

And... does anyone remember the "Dolly Blue"
My Gran used them a lot with Whites ...
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f1&msd=149&offset=&subject=DOLLY%20BLUE

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Just had a flashback of my Mum / Dad / Nan's
Boiling the weekly whites / nappies etc, on the stove to get & keep them clean
Looking back although nowadays it seems quite primitive,
The whites used to stay whiter & last for longer, without the need for the extra modern day products that one can / could purchase
What do think ?Huh


Ahhh, boiling Childrens Nappies, after soaking in Napisan ..
Then out came disposables.
The bane of United Utilities, if a recent TV programme is anything to go by, along with botty wipes !!
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I still do when I am cleaning handkerchiefs when I have had a heavy cold to make sure the germs are killed

As my parents did, for the same reason.
These days, heavy colds bring out the tissues, otherwise hankies just go in with the wash.
With an occasional Whites wash at high temperature.
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

We had a clothes boiler similar to the picture. Just connect to the gas and heat as hot as you want. We also used this to heat the water to fill the tin bath behind the curtain in the kitchen.
And as PlusComUK said next to the mangle with large wooden tongs.
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

One of the many things that nark me is
When young families claim they have'nt got the time for anything
I wonder if / how they would cope back then especially if they are a big family as my dear old dad was one of eleven
Life is / should be much easier, now that everything is automated ?Huh
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

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My grandparents had one of the earlier electric powered mangles - whether it was part of a washing machine I have no idea - and this was in the period 1945 - 1947. I can't be more specific but guess who trapped his arm in it and broke it (the arm that is not the mangle)
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

my father does it for cleaning cloths with bleach, I just use the 90 degree setting on the washer..... and for whites vanish soak in the bath as a pre wash treatment  but I don't have the necessary space to run a baby belling stove in an outhouse for such works (because no sane person would do that in there home) I have however in the past incinerated bedding rather than wasting time trying to clean it due to a case of DV Smiley
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Help - what is DV as this doesn't help http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/DV
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

Until I was 8 and we moved into a property with running hot water my parents used to have a big boiler and everything had to be done by hand including ringing out.
It was luxury when we visited my grandparents in Worthing as they had an electric boiler that also had a system for automatically moving the washing around - it was like a propeller-type thing on one side. There was a mangle that lifted out and was placed on the top that did a marvellous job of wringing out most of the water. They also had a top-loading spin-dryer. No real safety features as, although the motor cut out as you opened the top, it took some time to actually slow down.
After my grandparents died we inherited both and they gave good service for a few years until my mother finally gave in and bought a washing machine Cheesy
Edit: I tried to find a photo of the boiler with mangle but this is the closest I could find - the one we had was electric.

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Help - what is DV as this doesn't help http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/DV

diarrhoea and vomiting, a lot of the bugs that cause this are resistant to high temps so boiling isn't enough to get rid of them ......
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Re: Who have or can remember boiling the whites in a big pot on the stove ??

My Mum had a 'washing machine' which consisted of a tub with a lid.
The lid had a built in agitator with a handle on the outside which was used to move the agitator back and forth thus moving the clothes around in the tub with the water and soap powder.
It also had a manual mangle attached.
We had trams in Sheffield at the time and the handle on the washing machine was very much like the speed controller on a tram.
When the tub wasn't used as a washing machine I used it to drive my imaginary tram around Sheffield Cool
We did have a gas powered boiler as pictured in billnotben's post above..
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