Everyday is Waschtag


Waschtag means Washday in Pennsylvania Dutch.  In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Washday was once a week, on Mondays, and it took the whole day.

In my house every day is washday.  If I didn’t work outside the home, I would likely adopt a cleaning method where I did major tasks all in one day.  That will have to wait for retirement.  When do you do laundry?  All at once or spread out over the week?


6 thoughts on “Everyday is Waschtag

  1. You wouldn’t believe it, but at one time my husband & I did our laundry once every 2 or 3 or 4 months, LOL! that’s right. That meant buying more clothes, sheets and towels to last the 2-3 or 4 months. A one time purchase of xtra large, strong color coded laundry bags. Then on laundry day, haul it off to a super laundromat and use 3 or 4 of the xtra large wash machines and dryers that held 3 or more loads in each machine. So we weren’t there all day long either. The hardest part was the folding and once home putting away. But once every 2 or 3 or 4 months was cool and worked for us. We were way, way too busy, tired and wanted to spend our time doing other things. Plus I didn’t trust leaving my laundry there for someone else to do because they would dry things that shouldn’t be dried and they would lose some things. Although I did at times hire someone to help me if my husband wasn’t available on laundry day. So I’d pay a few dollars for a helper that day and the extra few dollars for the use of the xtra large machines but it was well worth it.

      • We had a closet set aside for those laundry bags. Put a few cedar blocks at the top of each bag and kept them closed. There was no bad smells coming out either. The laundry was presorted by putting colors together. For instance all whites were put in one bag, all darks were in another and so forth. Because sorting laundry is more work if you don’t separate them from the get go. Well enough on my laundry stories. Sometimes I think about doing it again these days. But now we have the time and so we do laundry once every two weeks.

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