This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes
Clothes and Dirt
Nowadays, especially with teenagers who change their clothes multiple times per day, we wear an item once, and boom! it does into the dirty clothes hamper. Back in our parents’ day, it got washed when it was really dirty. With these newfangled dryers, it takes a lot out of our clothes. If you look at that lint trap, you’ll see what used to be part of the clothing that you just washed. Our parents folded the clothes that they wore the day before, and they were worn again the next day. I remember having to fold my night clothes and put them under the pillow. They were washed on wash day.
Hand Washing a Few Things
I wash a few things out by hand, when I am running low on socks or underwear in the bathroom sink. It sure doesn’t take long, and I don’t have a washer or dryer, but even if I did, I wouldn’t waste the water, detergent, or the electricity for a half hour. I get most of the water out of the socks and underwear by rolling them in a towel, then hang them over the shower rod all night, and are dry in the morning.
Washing an Entire Load
The bathtub has more than one use for those that want to stop depending on that washer so much. An agitator is easy. A sink plunger works very well, but it is only used for the wash, nothing else. I use the plunger for about 10 minutes to wash and change the rinse water twice. Wring out the clothes by hand, and hang on a line in the sun, or on a folding rack that is placed in the tub after the washing. The sun naturally bleaches your clothes, so the whites will brighten. Washing soda is especially good for that, but more about that in a minute.
For Those with a Car and a Bumpy Road
Get a five gallon bucket with a tight lid. Put your clothes, detergent and water in it, then go do your errands. The ride is enough to properly agitate the clothes When you get back home, rinse your clothes, then hang on the line or on the folding rack in the tub.
Here’s a detergent recipe and one for fabric softener, if you like to use that. This is a lot cheaper than the commercial product and not filled with chemicals, especially for you folks with sensitive skin:
Unconventional, you Say?
Granted, in these modern times, this is a little unconventional, but I will guarantee you clean clothes, and your clothes will last longer without the high heat from the dryer breaking them down. If you doubt, give it a try and report your findings to me. You’ll also save some money on that electric bill and get a little exercise in the process.
If you’d still like to conserve, but don’t want to be so drastic, you can order a non-electric washing machines from Lehman’s. There is a James Hand Washer with a wringer. You agitate with a 16-gallon tub with a rod that you push back-and-forth, and a hand crank will operate the wringer.
This is truly getting back to basics and some of you would like to do that, I know.