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Washing was a long, hard and laborious task for the 19th century housewife. Larger townhouses sometimes had a dedicated laundry maid, because washer women from general laundries were connected in public prejudice with the spread of infectious disease.
Dirty laundry was first soaked overnight, and washed the next day in a copper or wooden tub. Stains were usually tackled with soaps and disinfectants, but homemade remedies made from vegetables, alcohol and even coal were still popular. Once washed, the laundry needed to be rinsed repeatedly, put through a mangle and then hung out to dry. Then the whole process would start again.