First of all, doing laundry in the 19th century is quite hard work, as you will soon discover. You live in 1868 now, and the first type of washing machine won't be invented until 1880.
You will need to find the washing tub at this point. Simply pour the heated water into it and you're ready to begin!
That's not a good frame of mind to be in, Abby. Besides, it's really only your undergarments you need to wash. In the 19th century, dresses were not regularly cleaned - the fabrics were much too delicate.
Stains? Well, you can try the juice of a lemon on those. Even onion juice is used in the 1800s to clear up soiled spots on fabric. Powder and liquid detergents don't exist in 1868, but you can use a knife to cut some shavings off of a bar of soap.
You see a wooden framed board with a rippled front? Well, that's a washboard. Slip it into the washing tub. You can gently rub your garments along the ridges to help clean them.
I think you just growled at me, is that right? Know what? You'll do just fine.
And now for some good news. Once you have washed, rinsed and wrung out all the clothing, you just need to hang them outside to dry. Don't see a clothesline? Then lay them on some clean grass. Let the sunshine and summer breezes do their own work.
Well, no. You're not quite finished yet. Every item of clothing will need to be ironed. In 1868, it is normal for everything to be ironed.
Oh yeah. Don't forget to tidy up the laundry area when you're finished.
And now you know.