Laundry Question

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Laundry Question

Post by helicopilot » Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:04 pm

For those of you that have considered it, what kind of no-electricity laundry system do you have?

I’m trying to find an old fashion washboard, but everything seems to be decorative in nature with limited usefulness, is itsy bitty tiny (“for baby clothes”) or is a super cool pedal operated gadget that costs a fortune.

Any brands you would recommend? Any store to purchase at?



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Re: Laundry Question

Post by farmgal » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:59 pm

Well, I have three old fashion scrub boards if I need to crack them out.. but honestly, google the plunger five bucket method.. but I would move it from the bucket to a nice big metal tub for larger loads or items.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riqYz2WEfRQ

But having lived this both as a child and as a later teen for summers, it uses more water then you think so I promise you that you will only want to do bigger dirty loads as few times as you can and you want to do small underwear.socks, thin under shirts as often as possible.

So there were a couple "rules", farm/work cloths are allowed to worn dirty, over and over, you take them off, air them out and put them back on over clean under wear.. good cloths are worn for "out" and are taken off and hung up and aired out again, spot washed if required like your good sunday cloths.

if you can apron's go over your cloths in the house and its normally a light easy wash and dry cloth type to keep the under cloths as clean as possible for as long as possible.. outside that is what coverall's are for..

After you put on your wash up water so you go to bed clean (because you do not want to wash those sheets any more then you have to.. you put on enough to a very small load of the underwear, socks, bra's or tank tops etc.. they get washed and hung to dry.
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Re: Laundry Question

Post by helicopilot » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:26 pm

Well, that is top notch advice right there. I’m going to go hoard plungers and buckets, just in case. Because hoarding is in fashion... (heheh)

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Re: Laundry Question

Post by Clarence » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:33 am

New a guy back in the seventies who put his cloths in a big mesh bag and towed around the lake behind his tin boat with nine HP motor. One can only hope he has lots of cloths or it’s a short winter :shock:

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Re: Laundry Question

Post by Clarence » Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:00 am

Daughter called to say her apartment building in Kingston shut the laundry and gym down
Mix of old and middle age people.

That’s a huge issue and I don’t how long the city laundromats can stay open if an apartment unit shuts down. Weird logic

Hell of a mess for seniors and busy people now needing to go with bag of laundry a few clicks away, ridiculous

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Re: Laundry Question

Post by farmgal » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:36 am

if they have sinks, running water and are not physically limited, they can do laundry in house, they just need to change their mind set.. no more loads, small daily batch washing and hang to dry and more ironing..

most folks do have a open air cloths dryer for things that can not go in the dryer in the house but if not it can be figured out..

while I understand that its more slash different, doing huge loads is very much a n.a. things when I travel in Europe, tiny daily loads was very normal..
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Re: Laundry Question

Post by Clarence » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:13 pm

Daughter laughed when she said she had a small antique wash board in her apartment. :lol:

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Re: Laundry Question

Post by thecrownsown » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:56 pm

helicopilot wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:04 pm
For those of you that have considered it, what kind of no-electricity laundry system do you have?

I’m trying to find an old fashion washboard, but everything seems to be decorative in nature with limited usefulness, is itsy bitty tiny (“for baby clothes”) or is a super cool pedal operated gadget that costs a fortune.

Any brands you would recommend? Any store to purchase at?
For what its worth, I've seen operable ones in some of the antique and thrift stores here. That may be from the high population of Mennonites though. If you can't find anything through a store, it might be worth a gander depending where you are.
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Re: Laundry Question

Post by Gallowshumour » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:47 am

Check out the Canadian Washboard Company: https://www.canadianwoodenwareco.com/shop

If you don't mind ordering from the US, Lehmans has them, too: https://www.lehmans.com/search?w=washboard

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Re: Laundry Question

Post by Dakota » Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:17 am

The plungers are the best. Or by hand in the tub and just buy a hand crank wringer/hang to dry. Those are easy to find and can clamp to pretty much anything. I also have antique scrub boards. They are, at present, simply decoration in my laundry room.
I even have a small one for delicates... :shock: that will never happen! Most antiques that are operational are part of my decor right now! My kids make fun. Say it looks like a museum!!!

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