Two brown-skinned women wearing aprons and bonnets stand at the left and right sides of the painting. The left figure faces forward pulling a striped piece of fabric from a basket. The right figure faces right bent over with her hands submerged in a bucket of light blue liquid. There are several different buckets labeled "Argo Starch", "Bluing", "Rinse 1" and "Rinse 2". At the bottom center are 2 small containers labeled "Oxydol" and "Bleach". Clothes on the line behind the two women sway in the breeze. At the top of the painting, a train moves on a railroad track.