Wash day was a big deal! First you dragged the machine with its attached ringer out to the middle of the floor, and set up the rinse tub close enough that you could use that handy dandy ringer after rinsing.
Filled the washer with Hot Water usually heated on the stove, added Bleach and Soap! First you dumped in the sheets, they were always white. Let the good old machine agitate until you felt that they were as clean as they could get. Ring them out with the ringer and watch your fingers! Rinse them once Ring them again. While the towels are agitating, you carried the sheets out to the handy dandy clothes line and hang them out. Winter or summer.
Once the towels were as clean as you could get, you start the process all over again. Finally you got to the colored clothes, all in the same water, usually. So by the time you were done everything got bleached. Sometime a change of water was in order if it was yucky.
My most vivid memory is coming home from school and seeing my one and only Cashmere sweater hanging up over the stove. To my horror it had undergone the torture of the ringer and Hot Water.