Do you ever wash any clothes by hand, or use full clothes washing techniques that are electricity-free? I've been experimenting with ways to save money and watts by hand washing clothes.
So far, i've tried individual hand washing, which works mainly for individual items like bras or something delicate.
I've used five gallon buckets with new, clean plungers to do regular laundry loads, and this is a workable solution. It's a little splashy and involves carrying buckets of water. It gets the job done, though.
I've had my eye on a WonderWash that Amazon sells but could not make myself spend the $50 on something i can do for free with my plunger and bucket. Then I saw a Wonderwash in my Goodwill for ten dollars and that was all it took.
It was in perfect condition - barely used if at all. I took it home, played around with the barrel seal, and read a few reviews on the product.
Today I grabbed my toilet cloths, dish cloths, underwear and dirty shorts to wash as my first attempt. Everything got super clean!
There is a learning curve to using the Wonder Wash. It takes a few tries to get the seal completely shut so it doesn't all come splashing out. From reviews I read, you get wet while figuring this out, i decided to use this outside on the patio. That ended up being a pretty smart idea.
I set up the WW by the outdoor hose on wooden cabinet that is as high as a sitting bench. I put a plastic bucket under the spout area, added my clothes to the barrel, added water with the hose, put in a tablespoon of detergent and then fastened the seal. I ad to angle the hose right or the inside concave portion of the barrel splashed the water back at me.
The first time I didn't fasten the seal right and it came right off as i cranked the barrel. Splash again.
The second time I got it right and sat down on my patio chair to crank the handle for a few minutes while reading a book.
I put the spout on to drain the barrel and opened the WW to help the water drain. It splashed a little while i figured out how to get the spout on properly.
Then I poured that drained wash water onto my thirsty fruit trees.
Then i refilled the barrel from the hose (no splashing), closed it up, and did a second round of cranking for the rinse cycle.
I drained that off and took out the clothes, hanging them off my patio chairs to drip dry. When i wake up i'll put them all away. They smelled and looked very clean.
I am thinking of using a pre soak before the first set of cranking for things that might be really dirty.
I'm pretty pleased with this solution so far. It uses minimal amounts of water and soap and NO electricity. It's not big enough to take blankets, but the WW could do sheets, throw blankets, towels, any kind of clothes, and also delicates.
I'll comment more after i take in the dry clothes and after i try some other kinds of wash loads. I'm not sure if it's more or less work than the plunger method, but it seems to make the clothes cleaner, so far.
Anyone ever use a washboard? I tried once with mine and got nowhere. There is probably a trick to it!
Have you ever handwashed clothes, or needed to find a way to do the wash without using a laundry machine?