3 comments on “Preppernomics: How to do Your Laundry by Hand

  1. Reblogged this on Reality Check and commented:
    Well, a couple of 5 gallon buckets, a plunger, a line strung up in the yard (or in my case from the yard arm) seems to work well. Hint, use fresh water to wash your clothing (and rinse). Don’t use salt water. Never can get salt out of your clothing. Use salt water to wash and rinse dishes though. (All that is assuming you’re near the sea, or on a boat of course).

  2. Thank you, Ms. Luther, for a really good article. I often do laundry by hand in the summer just to keep in practice and because it’s cheaper. Also, my children still think it’s fun to use the plunger, so I save a little work by delegating. I use a plunger like the one you show and 2 large square washtubs (one for washing, one for rinsing)–which were expensive, but have about a dozen other uses so they were worth the expense to me. I use soap nuts most of the time and baking powder for stains. I do need to get a washboard, though. You really don’t get dirt out very easily using just the side of the tub. Also, a wringer, for those who can afford one, would be a huge benefit. I’m still doing it by hand. In the mid-summer, it doesn’t matter much if things are pretty wet since it’s super hot here, but the rest of the time wringing is a major chore. I have seen something like a salad spinner for getting water out (on the same principle of a washing machine spin cycle), but haven’t tried one so don’t know if it works well.

    While I agree about how hard it is to get white socks clean, I would note that black socks are not advisable for anyone who struggles with athlete’s foot. The best prevention is going barefoot, but when that’s not an option, the person should wear white or light-colored, natural fiber socks and change them two or three times a day since athlete’s foot tends to make feet sweat more, which in turn makes the problem worse. This is a real pain if you’re the person washing all those white socks! In winter, I’ve found it easiest to get oatmeal colored wool socks–not cheap, but they wick well and don’t show as much dirt, plus they last even an active boy more than one year.

    Thanks again. Great article!

  3. Good article, but— Was wondering if the author has stock in amazon. Every supply she mentions is from Amazon.com. I’ve found the same identical items on eBay (brand new) for a lot less money. Also, drying racks, washboards, and the plunger-type washers are even cheaper yet at thrift stores, antique malls and estate and garage sales. The money saved by NOT buying new from big box sellers can be used to buy extra pkgs of clothesline, clothespins, and the like to have on hand. Clotheslines, clothespins and drying racks will eventually get worn and need to be replaced.

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