In our last post we looked at ways in which we can save money on food. Now we want to take a look at another way of saving money by washing clothes without a washing machine. Or maybe your washing machine is just broke. Either way we are going to try and give you some tips below.
We will start off by giving you some simple steps to wash your clothes first and then we will look at some products that are available to make the job even easier.
While washing machines may be an easy, albeit expensive option, they can actually shorten the lifespan of your clothes. Other fabrics are just too delicate to put in a washing machine which makes learning this even more important.
Washing Clothes Without a Washing Machine
1. Separate Your Clothes
Before anything else you need to start off by separating your whites from the colored clothing. Just as you would normally do, this will stop any chance of any color bleeds. You should also separate the light-colored clothing from the darker pieces as these will need to be washed separately.
2. Put the Clothes Into a Bucket
You need two buckets; one for the washing to be done in (A) and the second for the clean clothes to go into (B).
Add your clothes into bucket A and spread them out evenly. Make sure that you do not fill the bucket to the top.
3. Remove Stains
If there is a stain on your clothes such as ink or ketchup, rub the affected area with a stain remover and let it sit for about 5 minutes before you the wash the piece of clothing.
4. Add Water and Detergent
Add lukewarm water to bucket A but remember not to overfill. Add some mild detergent into the water and stir gently.
5. Let it Sit
Once the above steps have been completed you need to let the clothes sit in the bucket for a minimum of twenty minutes but the longer the better. This will allow the detergent to get to work. If there are a lot of stains on your clothes, then let them remain in the bucket for about an hour.
6. Swish Don’t Scrub
Swish your clothes around in the bucket of water using your hands. If you have an agitator you can use that instead for about 2 minutes. Don’t scrub as this can damage the clothing fabric.
Empty the water from bucket A and refill it with fresh tap water. Continue swishing your clothes around in the water to remove any excess detergent from the clothing. Once all the detergent has been removed, it’s time to take the clothes out of the bucket.
Gently twist your clothes to remove excess water and put them into the dryer or hang them on a clothing line to air-dry.
Off Grid Washing Machine Ideas
Laundreez is made from a strong, resilient PVC outer material and features a soft yet durable inner mesh bag. It’s ideal for washing everything from your more delicate items right through to ground in dirt or mud on clothes from a day out hiking or cycling. You can easily refill and rinse your clothes without the need to open the bag. When unused, Laundreez folds up into a small and compact package ideal for your suitcase or backpack.
The Scrubba wash bag is the lightest and most compact “washing machine” for traveling. The flexible internal washboard works in conjunction with a gripping surface on the outside of the bag to allow a machine quality wash in just minutes. Simply drop clothes in the Scrubba wash bag and add water and detergent; seal the dry bag-style closure; open the twist valve to release excess air; then rub the clothes against the washboard for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. After a quick rinse, clothes are clean and ready to hang to dry.
These are super easy to use and clean clothes extremely well. The direct contact of the washing wand to the clothing and the push and pull suction gives a thorough rinse and cleaning of the clothes as a portable washing machine. Just add water and soap and you will have clean clothes.