Wash Pot by Oven

Wash Pots: Stored next to the oven are large iron wash pots. Several were kept available for boiling clothes over an open fire. The clothes were first boiled in hot water, then taken out and rubbed with lye soap, then beaten with paddles or rubbed on ribbed boards, then rinsed in cool water and hung on ropes or clotheslines strung between the buildings or trees to dry in the sunshine. Wash pots served a variety of functions, such as processing pork at butchering time, cooking chicken stews, boiling peanuts, making soap, and melting wax for candles.

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