It’s another happy Friday and we are all together again, sharing and chattering about our favorite self-sufficient things! Today I’d like to chat a little bit about a skill that might seem like a lost art; hand washing your clothes!
But isn’t washing laundry by hand a bit outdated?
Washing your laundry by hand isn’t the kind of chore a lot of people are volunteering to do everyday. Though, I will have to admit that it’s a chore I do actually enjoy! Despite the simple pleasure that I find in doing my laundry similar to how the pioneers might have done theirs, it’s also a skill that makes me more independent. If something were to happen and I didn’t have access to a washing machine or even electricity or a generator to run a washing machine, I could still keep my clothes clean – a skill that might be easily overlooked when planning for disaster scenario.
Washing laundry by hand is actually pretty easy with a few basic tools. You can read about the handful of tools that I consider my “must haves” in this recent post on the right tools for hand washing and getting clothes clean.
And don’t stop at learning how to wash your clothes without a machine; be sure you’re familiar with line-drying your laundry too. Despite a common misconception, you can line dry your clothing year round, even in outside in temperatures well below zero. I know because I do it all the time. But if you’re not keen to drying outside, or prefer to dry your clothes indoors in the colder months, be sure to give my article on making your own laundry line and line drying indoors a read.
Do you have any tips or suggestions for learning to hand wash your laundry? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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