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Washing clothes throughout a cruise

I was sitting in my boat, just pondering away about sailing trips last longer than a couple weeks or long enough for you to run out of clean clothes to wear. I thought to myself how would you wash clothes?

So I am asking everyone how do you wash clothes?

Wait till you get to a port with the facilities? How do you know you will run into one?
Wash them with salt water?
Or just wear the same pair of trousers and t-shirt throughout your cruise for good luck?

How does everyone wash their clothes?
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About 1.5 years ago I bought the wonder clean for my boat. I have since sold the farm and I am living in an apartment. No washing machine. The wonder clean does a great job of cleaning cloths. Doesn't use a lot of water to wash, but I've found that it does take more water to rinse then they claim. Still, I have put very dirty jeans and a couple of golf shirts in it and they come out clean. Also ringing out the cloths when your done washing them, is a bit of a pain. The other downside on a boat is where to store it. I have a large cockpit locker, so it isn't a problem for me, but I could see how it could be a problem for others. All in all, one of the best $42.00 I've spent.

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A bucket with detergent, hand wash; another bucket with rinse water. If the shirt has a collar I might add a third bucket with fabric softener {which I also use for my lines}. Plus the most indispensible item aboard a sailboat - wooden clothespins.


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amazing how quick clothes dry on a sail boat! The Life lines make great clotheslines too!

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Of course, getting good synthetic clothes that dry quickly is a big help.

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About 1.5 years ago I bought the wonder clean for my boat. I have since sold the farm and I am living in an apartment. No washing machine. The wonder clean does a great job of cleaning cloths. Doesn't use a lot of water to wash, but I've found that it does take more water to rinse then they claim. Still, I have put very dirty jeans and a couple of golf shirts in it and they come out clean. Also ringing out the cloths when your done washing them, is a bit of a pain. The other downside on a boat is where to store it. I have a large cockpit locker, so it isn't a problem for me, but I could see how it could be a problem for others. All in all, one of the best $42.00 I've spent.
Nice reccomendation. What about putting that in the Product Review in the Gear and Maint section?

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Wherever you go, the local people have the same needs you do and among other things, they wash their clothes. So there are laundromats, or perhaps a person who takes laundry in their house, etc. etc. Don't worry about it!
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I have to disagree. This is pretty much true in the states, but not necessarily elsewhere.

Plus, there are convience and cost factors too. We are in Marsh Harbor, Abacos at one of the marinas. The marinas here do not have laundry facilities. The nearest public laundry facility is about 1/2 mile from any of the marinas and about 1/4 mile from the public dingy dock.

We checked out the prices, but have not used this laundry. It costs $4.00 per load to wash (not too bad), and 25 cents per minute (yes, I said minute) to dry. So, if I did three loads of clothes it would cost me $12.00 plus $30-$40 to dry. Pretty steep.

We are hand washing a few at a time and drying them on the lifelines.

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