The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing! Laundress and charwoman were the survival employments for any impoverished widow. Join Adele Emm for a social history of mangles, possers, dollies, washboards and flat irons. Find out about the Soap Tax and soap making, soapwort, bleach and starch - before Sunlight soap, Proctor & Gamble soap and candles, and Reckitt’s blue bags. Adele takes us on a journey from the impoverished laundress, to the middle-class servant with her copper, to stately homes and large laundries, all the way to the arrival of washhouses after the 1844 Act. Monday’s will never be the same again.
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