Today it’s all about what you need to do laundry after a disaster. I know we have talked about having clean underwear and how hard it would be to wash jeans. A few years ago I found the perfect clothesline from EarthEasy.com listed below. I know we can wash our clothes in wash tubs or my 5-gallon portable washing machine. Well, I looked everywhere for some really good strong clothespins. I bought some at a local hardware store for $22.00 for a package of 96. I also bought a package of 50 for about $15.00. Hmmm. I was not satisfied with the clothespins when I would hang things on my clothesline. They would not be flexible or they would not hold the weight. Then I started scouring the internet. Yep, I found my perfect clothespins.
I have written a few posts on how to wash your clothes when you have no power. I’m always looking for new options to wash clothes after a disaster. Well, EarthEasy asked me if I would do a review on a Scrubba Wash Bag (TM). I jumped at the chance. I always like trying new ideas. I love the Scrubba Wash Bag(TM) because it’s small and you can use it for camping or after a disaster. You can fold it or roll it into a small bundle to fit in your pocket. Now we can have clean underwear if we use an RV, trailer or go on camping trips. Remember, we all need a way to wash a few clothes after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. If we lose power we will not have our fabulous washer and dryer to wash our clothes. We all need a backup plan. The laundromats will not be open if we have a community power outage, just something to think about. This washing bag is a great backup plan.
It’s my back to basics: How to do your laundry series today. I started making my own dry laundry detergent about four years ago when my friend, Kendra showed me how easy and inexpensive it is to make. I decided not to make mine liquid because of how much storage space it would use in my small home. Kendra and I actually got the giggles a few times because we had laundry soap/detergent everywhere. I never do anything small, I make three five-gallon buckets worth of laundry soap at a time. I let the equipment cool down and go back and make a little more. I make it for Christmas gifts for all of my daughters. They love because it saves them lots of money, takes up a small amount of space and keeps their clothes really clean.
I was visiting my daughter, Heidi for Christmas and she mentioned this huge tip to me: how to stop your gym clothes from smelling bad. Here’s the deal, I wish I could say I need this tip. You know because I am working out every day, I wish! Of course, this is one my New Year’s resolutions, you know, start exercising. Same as last year. Anyway, Heidi and her husband work out every day and are healthy and strong. I admire both of them. Well, Heidi shared her tips on how to keep our gym clothes from smelling bad. I better go get some workout clothes……..just saying.
In order to be prepared for an unforeseen emergency, we can start by learning how to do laundry outside and really love it! When I was younger I can still remember seeing the sheets hanging on the clothesline. My family had one of those clotheslines with the metal “T” frames spaced about 20 feet apart with braided rope. We couldn’t use metal clothesline wires back then because it would leave rust on the clothes. This can be a great family experience doing laundry outside, I promise.
What Is A Laundry Ball?
Just so you know, I bought this laundry ball so I could try it
You save money, your health and the planet. The laundry ball can be used in any 18 lbs. capacity HE or regular washing machines. If you have a larger unit you can use two laundry balls. You just place the ball in your washer with your laundry and start the washer. The box states that it is only for light stains. Here’s the deal, these would be a perfect emergency preparedness product.
Here are the components directly listed off the website:SmartKlean Laundry Ball Components. This laundry ball is great for people with eczema and allergies. It does not have any detergent, and it’s fragrance free. And yes, I still make my own homemade laundry soap/detergent. This is just another option….and it’s pretty inexpensive. It does 365 loads using the 18 lbs. capacity washing machine. Remember, it is for light stains only. Plus, you do not need fabric softener. I remember paying like $45.00 dollars for it. I am going to buy one laundry ball a year until I have 5 or so in my emergency preparedness laundry stash.
I will still use my favorite fragrance of fabric softener….it’s just me. My favorite is Gain fabric softener and it smells fabulous.
Some Electric Washers or Wringer Washers
Growing up, I don’t remember our clothes being stiff, but I am thinking they must have been. We used good old detergent in a washer and we hung the clothes and sheets outside to dry. We didn’t have a laundry room or closet with a washer and dryer inside. As I think back we had very little clothes and that makes me now realize why. I am sure it was the cost, but I’m also thinking we wore our clothes more than one day. I can’t imagine that today, but I am just thinking that was the case years ago. I did grow up with a washer and dryer by the time I was eleven. We only had a washer before that and hung out our clothes to dry. Wow, I am starting to feel really old right now. LOL!
17 Gallon Wash Tub
By now you probably know I want to be prepared for the unexpected. This means I need to know how to do my laundry if the power goes out and know that I CAN do it. I am happy to report that I found one new option, and I really enjoyed just filling the 17 gallon high grade steel Behrens multi-purpose steel utility tub made right here in the USA with a hose! It’s rust free, odor free, rodent free. It’s galvanized and ready for me to do laundry outside!
Now you might be thinking why don’t you just use the bathtub to do your laundry? Well, if we had water lines or sewer lines severed I don’t want to waste any water. If I use two wash tubs or buckets, I can use my detergent and use one for washing. I can use the other one for rinsing. If I use one of these laundry balls I don’t even have to rinse my clothes. What??? That’s exactly what I said when I read the box. No need to rinse clothes, really….this is fabulous for emergency, or everyday washing.
Do you want to know why I think you will love doing your laundry outside? You can go outside to wash your clothes, granted blue jeans would be hard to do. Put your feet in the grass or earth and feel the air around you. Just think, we can teach our kids what our grandparents used to do. They may have had a wringer washer years ago. Or they had a wash tub very similar to the ones above.
Just get away from the electronics, your cell phone and stuff for just an hour or less. Go outside and have everyone in the family take a turn scrubbing their own clothes in a bucket of water. You can have them rinse them and hang them over chairs outside. If you have a clothesline that’s even better. You can hang a braided rope and secure it to two walls in the garage, or wherever. If you use the laundry ball there is no rinsing. Just wash with the washboard….can’t you just picture the kids doing this with their own hands. Please be careful with babies or toddlers around the filled wash tubs. I would not leave the tubs unsupervised until emptied.
Have Your Kids Wash Their Own Laundry Outside
Trust me, the kids will learn to work and love it at the same time. Have them wash their own clothes and hang them up for a week. They will quickly learn what it would be like to live without electricity, at least when it comes to washing their clothes. I remember when my girls started doing their own laundry they were about 10 years old. They soon learned that all the clothes on the floor were now their responsibility. They actually enjoyed doing their own laundry.
Do You Have A Clothesline For Your Laundry Outside?
Here’s the deal, think about getting some braided rope that you can use to make a clothesline, when and if you need one. If you can build one that would be awesome as well. I did a YouTube with the clothesline I have. I had been looking for one for years when I found this one. My Favorite Clothesline-EarthEasy.com. I made a YouTube so people can see how easy it is to put up and take down. It blows in the wind and dries clothes perfectly.
Another Option For Washing Laundry Outside
I did another YouTube using a 6 gallon bucket with a special plunger and a Gamma Lid.Food Storage Moms Bucket Washer With Special Plunger.
Let me know if you decide to try doing some laundry outside, I would love to share your stories.
Frugality Gal has 7 Ways to Save Money. Guess what? Jazmin from Frugality Gal suggests #2 washing your clothes by hand rather than going to the laundromat!!
I know where to find the perfect clothespins! I looked everywhere for some really good strong clothespins. I bought some at a local hardware store for $22.00 for a package of 96. I also bought a package of 50 for about $15.00. Hmmm. I just was not satisfied with the clothespins when I would hang things on my clothesline. They would not be flexible or they would not hold the weight. Then I started scouring the internet. Yep, I found my perfect clothespins.
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