Alte Waschküche - Frau und Mann waschend


Until washing machines were invented laundering had never been an easy job. It required a lot of time and energy. In the beginning clothes were washed only with water at lakes and rivers. This was done by stamping the laundry with the feet until it was clean. Later wooden bats or clubs were used in order to clean the laundry by drubbing it. Initially laundering was a job for men.

From about 1800 on the washboard was introduced which still was in use in 1955/60, predominantly in rural areas. In the course of industrialisation the first washing machines became part of the households. At first they were operated manual, later on electrical, but cannot be compared to present-day´s machines. Drum washing machines as we know them today were only developed around 1960 and are constantly being enhanced.