- beating your clothes off a rock in a river (preferably after taking them off first!)
- hand washing them in a tub at home and then squeezing them through a roller to wring them out
- a twin tub, where a machine washed them but you had to transfer them into a spinner
- our modern day machines, in which you throw your clothes, press a button and come back when they're washed and spun (at least that's what I do!)
"So if you were to develop a new washing machine, what other tasks would you make sure it could do, to make life easier for us?"
Most of the children decided that what was needed was a machine that would gather your clothes off the floor and actually put them into the machine for you.
"Very good class. That would be very useful."
"But Miss," said my smart Alec. "That's already been invented. It's called "Your mother"!
I know his mother well. She'd kill him if I told her what he said!!!