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Old 10-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #11
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Re: Does anyone handwash their clothes?

I started handwashing a couple years ago when we were stuck in an apt & the laundrymat fees were ridiculous. I mostly use the bathub & the plunger method. I used to hand wring or use a mop bucket wringer to get the water out - it helps, but is hard on your hands & doesn't get all the water out/things take a while to dry. DH bought me a wringer & it was a lifesaver - gets more water out than a dryer. I either line dry inside on a piece of bailing twine we have strung up inside or outside on a line DH made for me. Before having the lines (when living in an apt), I used every place available to dry like shower curtain rod, backs of chairs, etc. Also used a fan to help get things dryer faster. Now I don't need the fan since I have the wringer, but when the clothes were super wet, it would take too long to dry w/o a fan & sometimes get a funky smell after.

If you want to try the plunger method, just get a cheap new plunger & cut holes in it. Or you can try it with your feet - I did that before DH fashioned my plunger & me or the kids would stomp the clothes. Just be careful if you're not using a natural/gentle detergent b/c it can irritate the skin. I've done the bucket method too (or used an old rubbermaid bin) but it seems messier to me, so I suggest doing it outside. And for larger loads, the buckets take a while.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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Re: Does anyone handwash their clothes?

And as far as encouragment - it is totally doable & you can definitely get your clothes just as clean as any washer. It is a physically demanding job though, so you may find yourself sore or having discomfort in spots you haven't before, but it will go away once your body creates the muscle memory. DH & I bough have done the handwashing here & it just got to be part of our routine. I don't actively wash when I do a load (like get it all done that second). I let things soak, come back to agitate later, drain, come back to fill the tub for a rinse, agitate, drain & then put the clothes into 5 gallon buckets & take outside & wring them out, then hang. A scrub brush or washboard is good to have on hand for stains that need special attention.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:21 AM   #13
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tried it once, never again.
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