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TomandKaren 01-10-2004 07:22 AM

Washing clothes
Can anyone tell me what is the best method/unit of washing clothes and towels on board? The local laundry is not where we want to spend our time, other than occasionally for sheets etc.


GordMay 01-10-2004 11:31 PM

Washing clothes
I certainly don''t know of any good way to wash clothes aboard; but we used a good book, a bucket and a toilet plunger.
1. a little soapy water in the bucket.
2. Cothes in bucket
3. Agitate cothes /w plunger.
4. Read book while doing so.
5. Empty bucket & squeeze clothes dry.
6. Fresh water & clothes in bucket.
7. Reapeat 1 thru'' 4 as required.

bubb2 01-11-2004 12:55 AM

Washing clothes
Please take a look at this web site, ;rid=powerwash&mc=Did-It&ven=google&LID=2569521

GordMay 01-11-2004 04:44 AM

Washing clothes
But where on earth would you store a "Power Wash" (on a boat)?

bob-m 01-11-2004 05:09 AM

Washing clothes
1)Mix amonia and fresh water 10/90 in bucket
2)Place clothes in bucket and agitate for 2-3 minutes
3)Let sit for 10 minutes
4)Agitate for one minute
5)Hang up to dry

No need to rinse! Clothes will be clean and will not smell of amonia.

Nereus32 01-11-2004 09:43 PM

Washing clothes
I second Gord''s bucket idea. If under way, just set the bucket on deck and let the boat motion do the agitating for you.

My bucket actually has a lid. At anchor, I can set it in the water (partially filled), tie it off to the boat. and let the waves rock it.

Takes longer, but I do more reading with less work.

GordMay 01-12-2004 12:04 AM

Washing clothes
Even the most basic ideas can be simplified and improved. Wave-action is one of the currently “hot” alternative energy fads - and you’ve hit on a practical application.
“Less is more” (Mies VanDer Rohe, on restraint in design)

sadie14 01-12-2004 03:18 AM

Washing clothes
Another site for the Pressure Washer: =1%2C2%2C127%2C284&KickerID=77&KICKER

The unit is approximately 17"x12" - 4 lbs. Not really very big. This one is more expensive, I can''t determine the differences. I''ve been seriously considering it. Space is an issue, but it doesn''t seem impossible.

GordMay 01-12-2004 03:44 AM

Washing clothes
17" x 12" - I could store about 16 beer in that much volume - and it need not all be in one place.

bubb2 01-12-2004 04:38 AM

Washing clothes
I think you could wrap the "pressure washer"
with foil and hang it in the rigging. Dual purpose; radar reflector and clothes washer.

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