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WASHING CLOTHES, A LITTLE HISTORY    Women (and men) have been washing clothes since the dawn of time. Back in the day, women would collect around a local water source and wash their clothes against rocks, scrubbed with abrasive sand or stone, and pounded underfoot or with wooden implements to rub and work the stains free. Soap didn’t become widely available until the 19th century so it left little option for the washers, maids and cleaners of the day. Moving on from the watering holes, the washboard, typically attributed to the 19th Century and the Scandinavians, was small, portable and effective with its fluted metal sheets and rigid wooden frame, quickly making it a household necessity.   As technological and...

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