We live in an apartment complex that has a laundry room - one small washer and one small dryer. By small, I mean miniscule. Like most places, these eat quarters by the handful to get the laundry done. It’s $1.25 per wash, $1.25 per dry. With all the separating the whites, darks, colours, etc, this can really add up. I know we’ve got it pretty good - at our last place, it was $1.50 per wash, and per dry.
Anyway, after buying another roll of quarters from the grocery store, I finally started wondering if it would be easier to hand wash the laundry, and maybe just use the dryer when we needed it. There’s not really any good place to hang our clothes to drip dry in the apartment, but if we could cut our laundry prices in half, well, shit, why not?
I started today, running the hottest water I could stand into the bathtub, dumping in the regular amount of laundry detergent, then heaving the laundry into the water. Instinct dictated I should probably move it around a bit. So I hunkered down and began to “knead” the laundry, keeping at it for a good ten minutes. Wow. I could see the clothes getting clean, and the water getting yucky. Then I drained the tub, rinsed each article of clothing off under running water (to get any soap left in them out), wrung them out, and threw them in the dryer. Hooray! I think I just saved some money. They smelled just as nice as if I’d taken them out of the washer - we’ll see how it goes when I pull them out of the dryer in an hour.
Anyway, I got thinking, maybe if I used some rubber gloves, I could bleach my whites? We’ve been getting less picky about what gets thrown in with the laundry because of how much it costs, but cripes, now I could probably keep my whites their whitest and my darks their darkest a little better.
Does anyone else do this? Do you have any handy little tips, or things you think I should know for hand washing clothing? What about my hands - will this dry them out badly? Stick to my regular women’s mantra of “moisturise, moisturise, moisturise”? Anything I should be careful of, or look out for?