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Traditional laundry methods alive and well at The Vintage Wash House

Linda Peake set up The Vintage Wash House at Skipton’s Handpicked Hall in May of 2013. The shop is now located at 12 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ. The 1940s-inspired store sells nostalgic homeware gifts and a range of traditional cleaning and laundry products.

Old fashioned laundry
From her store, complete with authentic washboard and mangle, and blitz-style paper-tape crosses on the windows, Linda demonstrates the household duties of a typical 1940s housewife, using traditional products like Liquid Soap Flakes and Soda Crystals.

Linda explains, “I wanted to set up a totally unique store showcasing vintage laundry methods and demonstrating how traditional products can work just as well, if not better, than their modern equivalents. Liquid Soap Flakes, for instance, clean effectively and efficiently but contain no perfumes or allergens, making them perfect for delicate laundry and cleaning without aggravating skin conditions.

After demonstrating her nostalgic laundry methods, customers are able to buy from the range of traditional and natural cleaning and laundry products, including Linda’s own hand-knitted 100% cotton dishcloths, as well as vegetable Liquid Soap Flakes, Soda Crystals, White Vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda, Borax Substitute and Laundry Starch.


The traditional products, made by family-run Derbyshire manufacturer, Dri-Pak, are experiencing something of a revival of late, thanks to their simple and effective cleaning power. The allergen-free alternatives to modern cleaners are made from sustainable sources and are extremely versatile, as Linda explains:

Soda Crystals alone have hundred of uses around the home, from unblocking a slow-draining sink, to clearing a driveway of moss and removing laundry stains like grease, ink and blood, they really are a true multi-purpose product”.

The nostalgic atmosphere of the Vintage Wash House stall often encourages people to share their own experiences of washdays gone by, as well as sparking questions from the younger generations, as Linda explains:
 “I really enjoy people sharing their memories of using the old washboards and mangles, and it’s great teaching the younger generations how we used to do things. Many of the people I speak with agree that a lot of the simpler, old-fashioned products deserve a place in the 21st century home!
The Vintage Wash House at 12 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm and on Sundays 12 to 4pm from March to December. You can call them on Tel: (01756) 228649.
Linda and Phil Peake of the Vintage Wash House, Skipton
Always a warm welcome from Linda and Phil.
Inside the Vintage Wash House, Skipton

2 thoughts on “Traditional laundry methods alive and well at The Vintage Wash House

  1. I have just received my bars of carbolic soap today, I ordered them for my best friend who is very much into the 1940’s, and goes to lots of 1940’s events she’ll be thrilled I’ve found her some authentic style carbolic soap as I know she’s been searching for a lot time for some.
    Thanks very much for coming to our rescue and for the prompt delivery, just in time for her Bridlington weekend

  2. Thanks, Dri-Pak, for putting this on your site (The Vintage Wash House) It looks very interesting and has some good tips. Will be visiting the first chance I get.

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