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Washing clothes has been a back breaking chore for centuries and many methods were used to complete this task. During ancient times people washed their clothes near streams or rivers using rocks. They had repeatedly slammed their clothes against the rocks hoping to free the clothes from any dirt. Sea voyagers were said to compile their clothes in a bag and throw it overboard with a descending chain or rope so the ship can drag it around for hours. Both of these methods following the base idea of applying force to wriggle dirt free. As society became civilized, people thought of new and effective ways of washing clothes, but the workload didn’t lighten until electric washing machines were invented the 1900.  In the early days, before the washing machines were invented, women of the household spent hours upon hours washing clothes. When Monday rolled around, they had to face the dreadful fact that is laundry day. That’s because besides the time, the labor that went into this task was sicking. Phil Ament, from The Great Idea Finder stated, “one wash, one boiling and one rinse used about fifty gallons of water, which had to be moved from pump or well or faucet to stove and tub, in buckets and wash boilers that might weigh as much as forty or fifty pounds.”  According to the source mentioned above, rubbing and wringing clothes especially large articles such as sheets, tablecloths, and men’s heavy work clothes, were another aspect of the labor that wearied women’s arms and wrists. This was just the beginning though,after the clothes were washed, women had to carry the tub full of wet clothes outside so it can be hung on a line to dry. Thereafter, once the clothes are dry, they once again had to carry the clothes back inside to be ironed. In 1846, manual washing machines made an appearance. According to “Household During the 1920s,” this invention was designed to place clothes inside a wooden drum and use a lever to start the machine. It imitated the movement of a person’s hand on the washboard, by utilizing a tool to shift one arched surface over another and scrubbing clothes between two ribbed surfaces. The manual washing machines lessened the energy one had to put, but since it was manual, it still required some sort of effort. By 1900, electric clothes washers were finally introduced but according to Phil Ament, many faults got in the way. For one, since the motor beneath the machine wasn’t protected, water often dripped into it causing short-circuits and jolting shocks. Due to this complication, laundry was done by hand or manual washing machines. By 1920 better and more advanced electric washing machines flooded the market. The advanced washing machines had strong motors and most importantly they were covered. Besides the motor,  the spinning of the tub was also adjusted to prevent from shredding different types textiles to pieces. An addition to that, the replacement of copper tub with metal sheets made the machine last longer and sanitary as well. These new machines made life easier for women and children as it washed the clothes for them instead of them having to wash every piece of clothing by hand or on a washboard. It had freed up Monday’s for the average housewife, allowing them to spend time on her other duties.