growing up mom used to wash our clothes by hand in a metallic barrel with two rolling pins atop. after many years using washing machines, today i opted to wash my clothes by hand using Dr. Bonners Hemp and Tea Tree Soap as the detergent. the rational is simply if the soap is Ok for your gut bacteria, it’s fine for the flora. this is a practice i started on the farm earlier this year out of shear necessity to save $ and as it turned out gobs of time and effort.
i had just spray showered with Dr. Bonners Hemp and Tea Tree Soap using three pints of water to include washing a pair of low-cost Walmart clogs (ya they’re plastic but that is another story to unfold). the pros and cons: 1) it’s cost free minus the cost of the soap verses $10 total for $5 for wash and dry plus $5 truck gas. 2) low carbon footprint, 3) it took 15 minutes total labor verses 2.5 hours total for a 1.0 hour round trip and wait of 90 minutes machine wash and dry, 4) seven gallons of total water were used, 5) there is a sun light and day heat wait for a natural dry with leisure time to wait verses sitting amongst a slew of droning machines and a timely removal of clothes from wash and dry machines, and 6) assurance for a clean bucket verses not having known if the previous wash was soiled or chemically laced.
there are definitely points for improvement such as 1) replacing the plastic bucket (which is really my hijacked bucket for clean clothes), 2) find a way to squeeze the clothes between two rollers but i suppose someone has crowdfunded (or will) an iRockNRoll washing machine already, 3) wear of sustainable clothing fabric such as hemp, flax, and bamboo all which i imagine may dry faster.