24 APRIL 1920, Page 14


[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The writer on " The Laundry Problem" in the Spectator of the 17th inst. assumes that " nobody likes washing," and in fact that "we all bate at." Now I am afraid I must plead guilty to the horrible fact of actually liking it. But then I have a lovely garden and drying-ground, and it would be a positive sin not to make use of it. Even if I had only a tiny flat, I would make no bones about the washing. It would all go straight and hot from the tub to a shut-up, hot kitchen, where it would dry as quickly as, if not quicker than, out of doors on a dull, uncertain day. I have had to do this week after week during the winter, and the clothes have very fairly kept their good colour. Certainly I employ a unique and simple method, use only the best, and, needless to say, the dearest, soap, and mighty little of it, and my only " machine" is a table and wringer eombined—a really useful article. I prefer of course to have an " assistant," when the work takes half the time. But if one is not forth- coming, then, like " time and tide," I " wait for no man"— or woman either—and can generally get through my weekly wash of ninety-seven separate articles—:sometimes more, but never less—in four to five hours. The whole secret must not be given away here, as I am hoping to have time soon to write an article on the same question. But home-laundering, like home-baking, home-upholstering, home-painting, or any ether home accomplishment, seems to be the only way to solve what appears to he to some a very acute problem. Gradually we are learning to be a more self-reliant peole.—I am, Sir, &e.,