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Having once done laundry in a bathtub and not enjoying it, I was eager to try out the manual clothes washer at Wheaton Labs. The roller wringer greatly improves the experience, even if it's a bit tricky to get some waist bands through.
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Wringing
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Hung
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Folded
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Did a load of laundry by hand for the first time in years. Seemed faster than the washing machine until I got to the rinsing part.

I didn't use all the soap I'd dispensed, but even still used too much soap with the couple of tablespoons I poured in. I ended up rinsing in smaller amounts of water with less items per rinse bucket to not waste as much by the perception of how soapy it was. Hung to dry. Fresh and clean.
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Gathered supplies
Gathered supplies
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Hung up the line
Hung up the line
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Poured some soap in
Poured some soap in
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swish it around
swish it around
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Add the clothes, agitate
Add the clothes, agitate
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Repeat
Repeat
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I started to hang the washed but needed rinsed items on the basket while I went about cleaning the rest
I started to hang the washed but needed rinsed items on the basket while I went about cleaning the rest
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All washed, now to rinse. Dirty wash water shown.
All washed, now to rinse. Dirty wash water shown.
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Ready to rinse in clean water
Ready to rinse in clean water
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toss a few in, rinse by bobbing up and down, getting soap out
toss a few in, rinse by bobbing up and down, getting soap out
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Rinsing some more
Rinsing some more
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Left over rinse water. Yeah, too much soap.
Left over rinse water. Yeah, too much soap.
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Hanging to dry
Hanging to dry
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Wider shot of the drying line
Wider shot of the drying line
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Folded clothes ready for storage.
Folded clothes ready for storage.
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I used the tub for the washing. I don't have an action shot, but I moved the clothes about for several minutes in the cold water and soap. I finished off the wash with a hot rinse.
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A tub with brown shorts and some jeans ready to be washed
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a white tub with dirty water from laundry
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grey, blue, white and brown articles of clothing hanging on drying racks over concrete
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Washed them in the tub with a little vinegar. Used the plunger method (brand new plunger, not something that had been used).  Rinsed, squeezed, then hung to dry.  The blue robe will be hung up in the bathroom; that's why its folding is poor.  Loved the Wisdom Clothesline video!  The washing, not so much, but it's good to know if I had to do it this way, I could.

Items: skirt, robe, long pants, short pants, leggings, white socks, colored socks, washcloth, hand towel
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I used this method once while travelling.  Works great!


Load of laundry to wash...a couple days of work clothes.


Running water into the tub to wash.


Washing clothes.


Adding rinse water.

Clothes were wrung out by hand, placed in a towel, rolled up and stomped on to wring out more water before hanging them up to dry.


Clothes "hung out to dry" on a retractable clothes line.


Clothes folded neatly.


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