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Washing clothes in the TEOTWAWKI scenario

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by reinkefj, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. reinkefj

    reinkefj REINKEFJ

  2. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey++

    It is not that hard to hand wash.
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  3. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Well if you have kids then washing takes a lot of time. If just washing for yourself hand washing is easy. ... but multiply for a family you get the picture.
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  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    I don't plan to wear... Uh, Um... unless it is really cold. :cautious:
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    Interesting set up @reinkefj. Thanks for sharing. I always figured I would be doing washing using the below:


    • Two 5-gallon buckets with one lid
    • Toilet plunger (make sure it’s a newly purchased one)
    • Liquid detergent (optional: stain stick)
    • Vinegar
    • Rope or clothesline

      Clothes Washing in a Grid-Down World
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  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Facedesk.... diapers are dirty just saying
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    It looks like an economical low tech device that reduces some of the hard labour of hand washing, and enables the laundry person to do other tasks concurrently. No electricity required....add a dynamo and capacitor and you could probably charge a cell phone while doing the family dobhi wallah work.
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  8. techsar

    techsar Monkey++

    The only change here will be hanging the clothesline back up...washer and well are on solar ;) So simple, even a monkey can do it:whistle:
  9. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    This is the setup I am going to build one cold day this winter, using plastic tubs. I remember seeing my grandmother literally washing clothes in a black cast-iron wash tub over a wood fire with lye soap. Hardest working woman I have ever known. This is a vast improvement over that.

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  10. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    As a side note, I was in that slum in Lima about five years ago. The poverty was absolutely staggering.
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  11. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Not to try and raise the stakes, but if you have never been in Haiti... you have not seen the worst of the poor, this world has to offer.

    I have watched as one bathed in a creek.. a little farther down a woman tries to wash her clothes and further down a kid pulls water for the family to drink out of. This is a cruel world we live in, that of which here stateside, many have no idea. You work for your family and do the best you can...you prepare for the worst..... as there are many out there struggling to survive, right now.
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  12. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    You are correct, for a large part of this world's population SHTF would be a non event, it started at birth for them.
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  13. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Exacty right Riley folks round here just do not understand what others, out there deal with on a day to day process!!!
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  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Well, I like to think many of our well traveled monkeys have a pretty good idea.

    Pick your war zone -entire families live in squalor and children run around unchecked. People defecating and urinating anywhere they can, sewage in every street, and local water sources polluted and contaminated.
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