At the end of 2014, after 14 years of hand-washing, we actually got a machine. It is less effort and more convenient than by hand, especially when it’s cold or you’re sick. However it doesn’t get the clothes nearly as clean, not to mention it uses more water and electricity. If you want a couple of alternatives to the machine, here they are.
It takes about an hour and a half to do a good sized load of laundry, including hanging them on the clothesline to dry.
One thing that really surprised me was how clean you get your clothes. I had always assumed that a machine would get them cleaner, but this is not the case. I brought this up to my husband after using a relative’s machine. His reply was, “Of course. There isn’t a tiny little women inside the machine scrubbing them clean.”
This was a method I heard of from one of our site’s readers. Again, it doesn’t get clothes as clean as by hand, but it works great for things that aren’t too dirty and are fairly light.
Our road is so bumpy that the clothes were super agitated. I’m not sure how it would work for those of you that live on smooth roads.