[permaculture] Alternative/traditional methods of doing laundry w/o a machine (how?)

Linda Ray lindaray at att.net
Sun Mar 10 17:13:28 EDT 2013


Hi Larry,
 
I'd use plain borax with warm or hot water in a watertight gasketed 5-gal bucket which can be "agitated" by "rolling in place" (2 pipes or tubes in parrallel can serve as a rolling apparatus. 
 
The heat drives the borax into the laundry by pressure from the expanding heat from the water.

Rinse the same way. Hang or lay out to dry.
 
Namaste,
 
Linda
--- On Sat, 3/9/13, Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com> wrote:


From: Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>
Subject: [permaculture] Alternative/traditional methods of doing laundry w/o a machine (how?)
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 6:17 PM


Now that we are all getting back to basics and everything, I have a
question:

Say, take for example the $1000 large capacity front loading washing
machine you bought five years ago to gently launder sleeping bags and
winter jackets
and use only 12-16 times a year refuses to function normally after sitting
idle for six months (can't imagine who that might have happened to...) and
you
suddenly realize you are going to be washing all your laundry by hand for
the rest of your life (driving to laundromat is not an option).

What are effective ways to hand wash laundry?

cold water OK?
plenty of large plastic buckets and barrels to use, wheelbarrow?
biodegradable soap
agitation methods?
beat them against rocks or concrete patio?

are there any recipes for laundry soap that might work better than
commercial biodegradable liquid detergent,
i.e. get more dirt out quicker and with less agitation? borax, salt, baking
soda, Bon Ami, vinegar, other household product?

Anyone do their laundry by hand?
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