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What is Washing Paddle in Tagalog? Brief History and How to Use

What is Washing Paddle in Tagalog? Brief History and How to Use

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A washing paddle in Tagalog is called “palo-palo,” where palo means “hit.” As the name implies, this customized paddle is one of the oldest laundry tools in the world. It is used to remove dirt and stains from clothes while washing them. Also called a washing bat, the palo-palo is made of wood that looks like a baker's peel. It has a thicker body and shorter handle, though. Interestingly, the use of a piece of wood to wash clothes has been around since the ancient Romans (753 BC). Aside from using wood, clothes were also washed by scrubbing sand on them, beaten over the rocks, and pounded under bare feet. Later, people designed the washing paddle to make it more efficient and comfortable to use. Similar to other countries, Filipino women (and sometimes men) used to wash clothes b...