Hand washing

I have started hand washing my clothes. The protocol is:

  1. Throw clothes into the wash tub next to the broken washer.
  2. A shot of detergent with a teaspoon of oxy-cleaner.
  3. Fill tub with warm water and let soak for an hour.
  4. Some hand mixing from time-to-time during this hour.
  5. Drain water then refill the tub a couple times to emulate rinse cycles.
  6. After rinsing, drop clothes into the spin dryer I purchased (see picture below).
  7. From here, either air dry, or throw the load into the dryer for about 20 minutes.

The spin dryer is a bit buggy. Really hard to balance the load. The instructions recommend a full load. I am having better luck with half filling the container. Even then I usually have to do some adjusting when the container badly wobbles. Once I do get the spinner up to full speed, the results are really good. Much more water is removed compared to my washers final spin cycle.

I also have a Wonder Wash (also in picture below). I don’t think I’ll recommend it. The hand crank tumbling of your clothes doesn’t seem to be enough. The soaking in a big tub with occasional hand mixing seems to do a better job. If you don’t have a big tub (like in a condo or apartment), this may be enough.

I will cave-in and get a new washer, but I do like this back-up method of doing the wash.

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