So I suggested to you to try hand washing and air drying your clothes. As you thought this is probably the craziest thing you’ve ever heard of, I decided to practice what I suggest to you. So I partly filled up my tub, through my clothes in and started washing with a toilet plunger.
It actually wasn’t that bad. After the 15 minute presoak it only took me 45 minutes to wash, rinse, and wring out my entire load of laundry. Of course it wasn’t as wrung out as in the washer’s spin cycle but I was able to get most of the water out. It would have been nice to have an extra pair of hands since mine were pretty tired by the end of the load.
After the clothes were all wrung out, it was time to hang them up to dry. I used both of my racks and set them out in the sun for as long as possible. The nice part about being able to put the clothes outside is that any leftover water can drip onto the ground and help water the lawn 🙂 At the end of the day I dried them the rest of the way in the house. It take two days for them all the dry but most of the clothes were dry the following morning.
So all in all, it was a good experience. I think what I’m going to do is hand wash one load and machine wash the other for the whole month and see if there is a difference in our power bill. It may be in vain but, for sure by the end of this experiment, I will have some good looking arms 🙂