Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

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Arzosah
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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by Arzosah » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:20 pm

Love Stardrops! It lasts approx a million years ...

That video was really interesting - and for a change, the comments are pretty much relevant. The plunger seems to be the most universally approved of, and for a change, I actually have a plunger already, ready to drill :) . The buckets don't seem to be popular - I wouldn't plan to regularly lift anything that heavy in any case, but there were comments about the painful wrist action when draining, the dirty bottom bucket being put on top of the clean clothes, the jagged edges of the holes in the bucket sides ripping clothes, the water going everywhere, the faffing with the lid but not actually using it in the videos.... but the plunger with holes in is brilliant, and it can be used in any container. Exactly the same sort of object can be seen in any museum with 19th century domestic laundry items on display- I tried to link, but the links are 6 lines long, for some reason. Do an image search for those words in bold if you're interested.

I've been a bit concerned about laundry in any grid down situation, but that plunger is gold :)

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by Girl Friday » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:06 am

Arzosah , I think what you're talking about is called a wash dolly and you can still get them on eBay fairly reasonably. It would solve the commented issue of the plunger handle not being long enough. I have dreams of an off grid wash station with my wash dolly and mangle! :D

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by featherstick » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:47 am

Anyone else disappointed they used power tools to drill the holes, and not brace-and-bit?

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by pseudonym » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:58 am

featherstick wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:47 am
Anyone else disappointed they used power tools to drill the holes, and not brace-and-bit?
Rechargeable battery probably by solar power. :mrgreen:

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by grenfell » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:38 pm

My father used to wash his overalls in a plastic tub and agitate it with a copper dolly on a broom handle which i think is still kicking round somewhere. This wasn't for any real desire to go off grid , it was more that at times his overalls would almost stand up on their own and mom didn't want to put something so filthy in the washing machine.

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by jansman » Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:02 pm

grenfell wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:38 pm
My father used to wash his overalls in a plastic tub and agitate it with a copper dolly on a broom handle which i think is still kicking round somewhere. This wasn't for any real desire to go off grid , it was more that at times his overalls would almost stand up on their own and mom didn't want to put something so filthy in the washing machine.
My dad was similar. He was a coal man at that time.
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Arzosah
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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by Arzosah » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:36 pm

My dad refused to let my mum clean his overalls - he always did them himself.

Girl Friday - a dolly! Excellent, thanks for the nudge :)

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by dizzydays » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:57 am

I love Stardrops too - anyone new to it bear in mind it's very sudsy! Only use a tiny bit or you'll be rinsing for ever!

I've got my general cleaning stuff down to Stardrops and Zoflora, with occasional use of washing soda crystals (drains) and bleach. The old ones are the best eh!

DD

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by diamond lil » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:54 am

I'm the same, stick to Stardrops or Zoflora. Great stuff.

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Re: Something that slipped my mind - washing clothes

Post by Ahastyatom » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:31 pm

dizzydays wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:57 am
I love Stardrops too - anyone new to it bear in mind it's very sudsy! Only use a tiny bit or you'll be rinsing for ever!

I've got my general cleaning stuff down to Stardrops and Zoflora, with occasional use of washing soda crystals (drains) and bleach. The old ones are the best eh!

DD
Hi,
I've never used Stardrops before, so tried googling it but found the are loads of different types. May I ask what one you recommend and how you use it? Also what do you use the washing soda crystals for. I'm trying to slim down my cleaning cupboard with a few multifunctional items. So looking for things that might have a variety of uses.

Hasty

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