Secrets to Hand Washing Clothes
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Secrets to Hand Washing Clothes

How to hand wash clothes and how to get the crunchy feeling out of air or line dried clothing.

Why Hand wash Clothes?

More families are hurting due to the failing economy and hand washing clothes provides some relief, especially if you live in an apartment and have to pay to use a Laundromat. In addition to saving money, hand washing clothes is also better for the environment.

How Do You Hand wash Clothes?

First, gather all of the clothes you need to wash. Some people use a bucket, others use a sink, or if you need to wash quite a few pieces of clothing, a bathtub might be more appropriate. Although some people use a washboard, it is not necessary, but helpful. Fill up the bathtub with warm water and add some soap. If you do not have laundry detergent, then dish soap or shampoo works just as effectively. Let the clothes soak for about 20 minutes. For thick towels and denim, use a brush to scrub them. For more delicate pieces, simply rub one end of the fabric with the other end. Make sure to rinse well to wash all of the soap away.

Next, you will need to wring the clothes to get all of the water out. For heavier materials, you may need to wring the items several times. Then hang and dry. If you live in an apartment that does not allow you to hang clothes outside, then hang them in open, airy areas of your home. You do not want to keep them hanging in the bathroom or another closed space because the musty odor will become overwhelming.

Why Do My Clothes Feel Crunchy After They Dry?

Many people do not like air dried clothes because they feel “crunchy.” There is a simple solution to this problem. Simply put a sock on your hand and rub the piece of clothing vigorously for about 20 seconds. You will find that your clothing is soft again. It is the combination of friction and heat from the rubbing that makes them soft.

Will Hand washing Get Clothes Clean?

Yes, they get clean as long as you wash them properly. The constant scrubbing while hand washing clothes is very effective at getting stains out. How clean your hand washed clothes get is up to the amount of time and strength you put into it.

Hand washing Clothes Has Its Perks

Hand washing your clothes is great exercise for your arms and you will find that you have biceps that are toner than what they were previously.

Other great perks to hand washing clothes is that it is good for the environment and easy on your budget.

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Comments (5)

What an ingenious topic and very important in these tough times. Great helping article

Excellent Taylor - your article will strike a chord with MANY women in Africa, and of course across the world. My wife as well, when our ancient washing machine has broken down :-)

Thanks, Colin! A lot of my friends think I am "weird" for prefering to handwash, but they need to remember that I grew up on a farm and we didn't have indoor plumbing until I was in elementary school. I actually look back at those days of hauling water for our baths, washing dishes, and washing clothes with happiness and the appreciation for the little things.

Yea! Actually, the social life of MANY communities revolves around the washing points at rural rivers - India comes to mind as well in this regard. I also lived on a farm, and we often had to resort to carrying water with a bucket. Somehow one looks with affection to those times, even though they might have been a bit tough then. You are NOT weird....rather say "interesting" :-)