To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- manual clothes washer, bathtub or large bucket - dry on a clothesline or drying rack
- at least “a standard load” (about eight large items and a bunch of socks and undies, etc.)
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post two pics of clothes being washed
- post pic of clothes being dried (needs to show it hanging or lying out to dry)
- post pic of clothes folded
Okay! I finally did this BB! OMG I learned so much! I would definitely do more laundry by hand if I had a wringing device as the pat dry method was not so great (at least in the winter months). Still, I also learned the a washing machine was an incredible invention for time savings.
Here is the laundry to be done. Yes, I washed my slippers as I has spilled some goo on one:
I did a total of 4 batches. Wash water was in the tub on the right and rise water in the sink on the left. I reused the wash water to flush a toilet.
This the pat dry method I used before hanging them up to dry:
Hanging up by the fire (not that you can see the fire!):
Folded Laundry ready for storage. I forgot to take a picture of the slippers (because they were on my feet).
- 2x pair of wool socks
- 2x tank tops
- 1x long jane bottoms
- 2 x long jane tops
- fleece pants
- 2x sweat pants
- 1 x leggings
- 1 x sweater
- 1 x t-shirt
- 1 x long sleeve shirt
- 1 x corduroy pants
- 2 x sport bras
I used a bit of liquid detergent from The Unscented Company, and one of those all-in-one household soap bars for lipstick stains inside face masks but I can't remember which brand. Actually used a bit too much detergent, so I had to rinse twice.
By far the most tedious part of the process was wringing things dry or rolling them up in a towel. If I were to do this as my regular laundry process, I would 100% build one of those rolling wringers.
I like to wash my whites first because they are usually not very dirty. Then, I use the same water for the first batch of darks. Undies & socks I like doing separately and last. I sure miss the cement wash boards I had in Mexico for items with extra dirt and grime. A few of the items in the dirty pile, I chose to wash at a later time, so you won’t see them hanging on the rack. I show multiple detergents I’ve used. We have hard well water where I am currently living and I’m pretty happy with how the 7th generation laundry soap is turning out. Generally, my favorite laundry soap is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds.
I do like hand washing clothing but I don’t get the same joy out of it lately, since I am hand washing to avoid interactions with the landlady… whose machine I am supposed to be able to use. The good news is that it gave me an opportunity to participate in this delightful thread with you all!
I did a load of laundry today on the shelf outside the Love Shack at Wheaton Labs.
Here's my setup: a wash bucket, a rinse bucket, extra water, and the small steel cup has my soap nuts in it. After soaking the soap nuts for about 15 minutes, I dumped the contents in the wash bucket and started to work.
Image 1 of washing by hand:
Image 2 of washing by hand - my work pants, and the last item to wash:
Here is the full load of laundry hanging on the line by the Willow Bank and Shower Shack:
Here are the dried, folded clothes (though personally I don't really fold my socks):