Clothes wringer


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Clothes wringer

A pair of closely spaced rubberfaced rollers geared together, turned by hand, and used to squeeze the water from clothes after they were washed. A wringer replaced twisting the wet clothes by hand, and in turn was replaced by spin-drying.
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When I was young I'd watch my gran heaving the handle on the clothes wringer till the sweat ran down her face.
After mashing the paper up with the water, we strained it and took it over to the clothes wringer in the old laundry where they wrung the mache into fresh sheets of paper before trimming off the ragged edges and filling in any holes.
IT is a few years since I have seen a clothes wringer so I was delighted to come across one in the feature in the Mercury last week (Pensioner Winnie refuses to wring changes).
Instead of the usual home comforts, he left the Bowlers a cockroach trap and a clothes wringer.
Winnie still uses a clothes wringer - more than half a century old - to squeeze dry her hand-washed clothes.