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Garden Laundry - where I take the wringer washing machine out into the garden

 
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I really liked doing laundry outside.  I had an apartment-sized machine with a wringer, maybe it was from the 1940s.

It did not hold as many clothes as the one in the OP's first post though it still got the job done.  

That is when I started hanging my clothes outside and found the benefits of line drying.

If I were to do that again I would want a setup like in Leigh's pictures.

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You all are a HUGE help!!

I had been so focused on figuring out how to connect my washer to my bathroom faucet that I forgot (despite my self-dismissive comments) that I hadn't checked the garden hose as a connector.

You see, when I bought this, we still had freezing weather and hadn't unwrapped the hose bibs yet.

D'oh.

Note that my place is so tiny, that bringing a rain barrel like this indoors would not be possible. Let alone other issues with doing that. (Though I did see a laundry room where someone included a barrel just for capturing their laundry greywater which I thought was cool.)

Check this out:

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Portable washing machine in the goat barn set up to drain into a rain barrel
Portable washing machine in the goat barn set up to drain into a rain barrel
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Note that my place is so tiny, that bringing a rain barrel like this indoors would not be possible. Let alone other issues with doing that. (Though I did see a laundry room where someone included a barrel just for capturing their laundry greywater which I thought was cool.)



Years ago, washing machines had an accessory, sort of like a tub where the wash water was recycled.  I had forgotten about that because I could never get it through my brain why someone would want to do that.

Of course now after years of using greywater I thoroughly understand the benefits.

Where we live not we built a french drain system for our grey water so it all is returned to the soil.

Our bathroom was too small for a tub even though it is a big room for a bathroom, there just wasn't room for a tub and a hot water heater. So I have tried to figure out how to put a small hot tub in the laundry room. Maybe by using longer hoses on the washing machine and draining the hot tub into the washing machine.  I just haven't gotten the plan to the point that hubby would agree.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:
Our bathroom was too small for a tub even though it is a big room for a bathroom, there just wasn't room for a tub and a hot water heater. So I have tried to figure out how to put a small hot tub in the laundry room. Maybe by using longer hoses on the washing machine and draining the hot tub into the washing machine.  I just haven't gotten the plan to the point that hubby would agree.


Oh, that's right! Aren't there great examples of Japanese baths that drain the bath water into the laundry machine? Can you imagine taking it one more step to use the water three times? 1. for bathing, 2. for laundry, 3. for irrigating the landscape. I love it!
 
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We have a 40-ish year old wringer washer that is our only laundry "luxury". There's something humbling and grounding about having to be directly involved in washing one's clothes. Not long ago, we had modern laundry appliances, and the ease with which we could decide to "do" laundry seems bizarre and unnatural in hindsight. We were spoiled then, and didn't appreciate it. Now, we have to plan for sunlight to provide solar power, rain to provide water, and enough dry sunny weather to dry everything. I prefer the inconveniences over the luxuries.

 
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So can you please tell us where you bought this really kool stand? Or, who is the manufacturer is?

Thanks so much !
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Michael Helmersson wrote:I prefer the inconveniences over the luxuries.



This! Story of my life. The easy of living with modern conveniences scares me, and gives me a deep sense of insecurity.
 
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