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Hand washing your laundry is a great way to save on water and energy, and it is very therapeutic. I've been doing our laundry by hand for almost a decade now and do not miss a machine (other than for big blankets, which is really a two-man job if done by hand).

  • Fill a tub with about 5 gallons of water (enough for a medium sized load) and add all natural soap.
  • Add your clothes and swill them around.
  • Rub each item of clothing over a washboard, dunking it in water between each rub.
  • Wring out and put aside, ready for next rinse.
  • Repeat this process a further two times, totaling three washes (15 gallons).
  • Hang on the line.
  • Put your grey water on the garden or trees.

I take about an hour to do a load of laundry, and then hang 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.”

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    This weekend we saw the sun for the first time in days, so we got out there and did the final details - Abe made a door and did the remaining plumbing, while I painted the roof. We did the roof a little different from our howto this time, just to keep fine tuning our system. It worked out a lot cheaper and a little easier.

    No sooner was it all finished when - yep, you guessed it - it started raining! It's falling softly out there, but falling it is. Luckily the paint has had a day to dry, so that's not a problem.

    Now that everything we own (ponds, tanks, barrels, etc.) is full, I kind of want it to stop raining for a while. We have so much to do outside, and the mud and drizzle are just not conducive to a happy work day. Plus, our road is utterly destroyed! Oh well, a small price to pay I guess for the year's water.

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