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Hand washing clothes. The New Mrs. 2 kids; Lima, OH, United States 1301 posts
31st Jan '13

Since I'm on maternity leave, I'm not going to have the money to do laundry as often, seeing as it's roughly $4.50 for a single load.
I was thinking of doing some hand washing once every other day or so just to hold me over until I'm able to do laundry.
What are some items that would be okay to hand wash?
Also, what's the best way to do so?

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
31st Jan '13

I've handwashed everything for two years now, since we moved into an apartment with no w/d. I fill up my bath tub, and put a little soap in it. I scrub, scrub, scrub scrub. I drain, fill it up again and repeat. I dain, and then fill with cold water and I rinse. I wring them out, and hang them up. I do three loads a day to keep up.

The New Mrs. 2 kids; Lima, OH, United States 1301 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting sassy chef:" I've handwashed everything for two years now, since we moved into an apartment with no w/d. I fill up ... [snip!] ... I dain, and then fill with cold water and I rinse. I wring them out, and hang them up. I do three loads a day to keep up."


Do you let it sit for a little before scrubbing?

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting Courtney; [38 weeks]:" Do you let it sit for a little before scrubbing?"


I don't generally feel like I need to, but sometimes yes. It really depends.

The New Mrs. 2 kids; Lima, OH, United States 1301 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting sassy chef:" I don't generally feel like I need to, but sometimes yes. It really depends. "


Ok, this might sound stupid too..but, what do you use to scrub the clothes?
or do you just scrub against itself?

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
31st Jan '13

This works really really well.



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http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Washer-Manual-Washing-Machine/dp/B002QUAPSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359645908&sr=8-1&keywords=hand+washer

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25164 posts
2nd Feb '13

Well, I hand washed some stuff for a whole year when we lived in an apartment without a washer and dryer. The rest like bedding and badly stained stuff or whatever, I took to Mom's once a week and sat there a whole day doing wash. Stuff that was just worn, not stained, I'd hand wash. I didn't really "scrub" them per say. I just put a little soap in hot tub water, let them sit, then drain water after 20 minutes, and then rinse them all out to hang dry. You can buy special things to help hand washing be easier, but I was too tired to go out of my way with a newborn.

The New Mrs. 2 kids; Lima, OH, United States 1301 posts
2nd Feb '13

I actually made an agreement with my grandparents, so I don't have to worry about this now. I will drop of laundry once a week, for $15 they will wash as much as I need. or I can buy all the laundry soap for them too.



So, whichever is cheaper for me the said works.



and BTW, using their washer/dryer myself is out of the question.
My grandma has a brand new one.. and noone is allowed to touch it lol

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25164 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Courtney; [38 weeks]:" I actually made an agreement with my grandparents, so I don't have to worry about this now. I will drop ... [snip!] ... using their washer/dryer myself is out of the question. My grandma has a brand new one.. and noone is allowed to touch it lol"

I wouldn't be so concerned about using it myself anyways. You won't wanna do laundry once you have baby. It'll be nice to get the help you need. And it's nice she's willing to help you out. My Mom picked UP a few loads and took them to her house, washed them, and then brought them BACK to me after I first had Chris. I thought that was super sweet of my Mom.

The New Mrs. 2 kids; Lima, OH, United States 1301 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting I♡C.:" I wouldn't be so concerned about using it myself anyways. You won't wanna do laundry once you have baby. ... [snip!] ... to her house, washed them, and then brought them BACK to me after I first had Chris. I thought that was super sweet of my Mom."

My grandpa came and got mine today.
I had alot 2-3 loads worth too.
He said he'll drop it off tomorrow.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25164 posts
2nd Feb '13
Quoting Courtney; [38 weeks]:" My grandpa came and got mine today. I had alot 2-3 loads worth too. He said he'll drop it off tomorrow."

How nice of grandpa. :)