I couldn't get down to the basement where the washers and dryers are located. Or what if there was no electricity and I ran out of clean knickers. How would I handle that?
I've been experimenting with several "What If" situations lately. For a few weeks I couldn't get to the basement and I've been washing by hand what I needed, but what if there was a prolonged period of time where hand washing of clothes was necessary. Rinsing out items in the sink isn't good enough.
I think at one time or another we've all seen the videos of various methods of doing laundry in a grid down situation. I have buckets. I have a new - never been used plunger. So I gave it a shot. I cheated by using tap water as I didn't want to mess with my stored water. And I found the bucket - plunger method works. The clothes came out as clean as if they had been washed in an automatic washer.
I've been making my own laundry soap for years. I can make 3 gallons, enough for 60 washer loads, for about a dollar. The only drawback is storing 3 gallons of laundry soap. I found a recipe for powdered laundry soap that I decided to try. It is basically the same ingredients as the liquid, minus the water. Here's the recipe:
2 cups finely grated Fels Naptha bar soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
Combine and run through a food processor or blender to break the grated Fels Naptha down into powdered form and further combine. Use 1 Tablespoon per washer load or 2 Tablespoons for extra dirty clothes.
One recipe will fit into a quart jar. That works better for me storage-wise than does 3 gallons of liquid, and it works just as well.
I need a better way to wring water out of the clothes. I'm thinking that one of those yellow janitorial mob buckets with the attached piece that is used to wring water out of a mop might work. I could probably use the bucket for washing and rinsing and the attachment for wringing.
Now all I need is one of those wooden drying racks - the ones with a framework on each side with dowels running across. I think I know where I can get both the bucket and the rack. Seems to me it is worth a try, especially when stairs are my enemy.
I love it when an experiment actually works.
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