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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Laundry time

One thing we're doing to torture Lizzy save time, money, and diesel, is washing clothes by hand with the WonderWash.  It's not big or fancy, but it gets the job done. Well, it helps Lizzy get the job done.  It's a hand-cranked portable clothes washer, about the size of a 5 gallon bucket. It'll do a pair of jeans, or two if they're small, or a few shirts, or a sheet or two, or lots of socks and undies. We do a load or two every day and so far have kept up with the laundry, avoiding driving an hour and spending way too many quarters. And of course line drying is free, until they figure out how to tax the sun.
Lizzy isn't super thrilled, but she's a good sport.  Using her tunes as a timer really helps. 
Tips for the WonderWash that we learned the hard way: 
Don't fill it to the top, just past half is good. 
Use plenty of hot water, about 3/4 full, covering the clothes. 
You don't need much soap.  We make our own laundry soap.
Rinse as many times as needed, until the water is clear. It's worth the trouble.
Wash for one song forward, then one song backward. Rinse for one song.  :) 
Keep an eye on the weather. If it rains, consider it an extra rinse cycle and "mountain fresh" scent.
Also, don't let your laundry build up, then start using a WonderWash to catch up. Just suck it up and go to the laundromat to start fresh.  Then do a load or two a day. 
Sometimes Lizzy convinces Matt to "help" her, meaning do it for her while she plays on her phone.

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