One of the things I noticed when I was researching washing machines was that washing clothing required only a few things. There must be water, small amounts of soap, agitation and rinsing. When looking at how older machines worked and how people hand washed clothing, I came across a small group that washed all their clothing in the bath tub. This appealed to me for a few reasons.
They aren’t wasting money at a laundry mat
The soaking seemed to help get stuff out almost as much as the actual scrubbing
The amount of detergent that came out of even clean clothing in experiments was amazing.
This would allow me to see how much I hated or didn’t hate wringing out wet clothing before I bought a small washer.
Feeling ready to work, I loaded up a rather large load of laundry in my tub. I added about 2 tablespoons of detergent. Most items had only been worn once or twice and to work. I let them soak for 30 mins and then stood in the tub and swished them all around for a while. I let them soak a bit more and then heaved them in and down to help squish water through them. I then drained the tub. ( some of the water was collected and taken to the garden for my potted plants) I squeezed s much waster as I could out and then refilled the tub with clean cold water. I swished and let sit for anther 10 mins as a rinse cycle. I drained that and then spent about 10 mins actually running water through each piece, one at a time, wringing them out and tossing them into a plastic bin to go hang them. The hardest thing to wring out wasn’t my jeans as I thought it would be. It was my stretchy work out pants. They just didn’t want to be fully wrung out. My technique for jeans was to stand on the bottom and hold the waist in my hands and begin twisting. This worked well enough that they are hung in my living room mostly dry now.
I hung my clothes on a drying rack outside to dry for a while and kept. My delicates inside hanging the the rest room.
I brought in my clothing when it got dark and am letting it finish drying the the living room but, most of it is only slightly damp as of right now. It all smells clean and there are no crunchy socks as of right now.
This method works for me but would work better if I had a clothes line. I think I am going to try some towels if I end up with extra time during the week and see if I continue to enjoy bath tub washing. Even if I don’t like doing towel, being able to do basic clothing like this means I will be able to keep the space that the small washer would have taken up nice and open. (Happy happy)
As I wear these clothes, I will let y’all know if I they feel and smell clean still.