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Laundry Part II (You Will Be Stunned to Learn This About Laundry)

Dear Kid,

Laundry in college is .... well, there's a lot of info to share. DearKidLoveMom.comThere is more news olds about laundry than I could fit in yesterday’s letter. Here is Part Next, which is (obviously) critical to your life, laundry, and general well-being.

In 1797, Mr. Board invented the scrubbing board. Then in 1851, Mr. Drum invented the first hand-operated washing machine with a revolving drum. Actually, Mrs. Jennie Drum invented it, and while all her friends loved it, none of the major manufacturers would talk to her (what with her being female and therefore not an inventor).

The first electric washing machine was invented in 1879, but had to wait until electricity was invented and available to go into production.

In 2009, the official Vatican newspaper declared that the washing machine did more to liberate women than the contraceptive pill or the right to work.

Not only was laundry pivotal in the women’s movement, it has always been an important part of combat. (Which in some areas were the same thing.)

Back in Revolutionary days, there was no reliable way for getting information from New York City to General George. The Culper Spy Ring on Long Island solved the intelligence gathering and dissemination situation through laundry. Anna Smith Strong used the laundry on her clothesline to leave signals regarding where the spies patriots should gather to share information.

During the Civil War, soldiers had to pay to have their laundry done. An enlisted man paid 50 cents monthly, unmarried officers paid $1-$2 monthly, and married officers paid $4 monthly (for his wife’s clothes? I don’t rightly know). All of this meant that a) soldiers’ clothes were (sort of) clean even if the soldier wasn’t and B) a washerwoman earned more than a soldier. Clean living and all that.

In military lingo, a laundry bag is a parachute.

During the war in Northern Ireland, the British were trying to figure out who was making bombs (and where they were making them). They opened a laundry shop and sent out color coded discount tickets (the color coding was based on specific streets). When people brought in laundry with the discount ticket, it was pretty easy to determine what part town they lived in.

Before the clothing was washed or cleaned, it was analyzed for bomb-making residue. When they had a positive result, the laundry would sent out another set of coupons with specific numbers. Once they had good addresses, military teams swooped in on several homes and arrested people (and nabbed the weapons, etc.). Coolest part: during the operation, no one was injured or killed. Cleanest part: the criminals all had spotless clothes.

Love, Mom

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Laundry Time | Major Appliance Delivery Day

Dear Kid,

Shopping for a washer dryer is better than learning how to do laundry in a river with a rock. DearKidLoveMom.comThe new washer and dryer are being delivered today.

You might think that is cause for celebration.

If you think so, you’re partly right.

I can’t say I’m exactly excited about 97 loads of laundry, but it sure beats having 97 loads of laundry piling up in the laundry room.

The thing about laundry (as I’m sure you’ve found in college) is that it expands in exact reverse proportion to the amount of time you have available for laundry-ing.

Laundry. This is how it used to be. DearKidLoveMom.comWhen there is nothing but time (or a great game on TV during which you can fold laundry or move the wash to the dryer during commercials) you have one pair of shorts and a t-shirt that need to be cleaned. When you’re completely out of clothes, you have no time whatsoever to get laundry taken care of. It’s Murphy’s variation on laundry.

There is also an axiom about laundry supplies (this is particularly true for those on tight budgets). The more laundry you have, the less detergent is left in the bottle. And all the stores are closed except the one 5 miles away and you don’t have a car and really those jeans can certainly be worn one more time.

Laundry: The Reality DearKidLoveMom.comI learned today that if you have very dirty clothes, you should run them through the wash twice with your regular amount of detergent rather than doubling the detergent in one cycle.

The next sound you hear will be the spin cycle.

Love, Mom

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