When I think about it I guess using Blue soap was not such a bad idea after all. Brown soap was an unusual one. I know that it was used for washing clothes on the juking board... A little extra brown soap and a few more juks on the board and voila you have a clean pair of dungarees. Brown soap was used on dogs and was good at putting many a flea to rest forever... No I am not talking about carbolic soap but that was the ideal one for using on yuh ringworm circles that we sometimes got as children 'running jockeys' in the dirty canal water.
First, as I can recall, washing of clothes was done in the river and one could hear clothing being rapped against rocks to get the dirt out. Later on the standpipes were the place to be and the lime continued as clothing was slapped against the concrete stand pipes. Finally as we got pipe borne water into our homes just about everyone had a concreted area where clothes washing was done. Then came the washing machine and a wonderful opportunity to hang out died as we forged ahead into the future.
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