Laundering clothing has come a long way since the days of washing clothes on the nearest riverbank and hanging them on bushes or trees to dry. From a job involving considerable manual labor, laundering has progressed to one that can be done completely by machines--except for the minor chores of inserting and removing items. One of the earliest laundry ‘appliances,' dating at least as far back as ancient Egypt, was a laundry bat, a flat wooden paddle used to beat laundry during washing.
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