Wednesday, December 15, 2010

off-grid laundry, or the old fashioned way to do laundry...

Laundry the old fashioned way, the off-grid way for this family of... 8 We have a kettle in our vesh haus that we fill and get a rip roarin' going in and then we start the wash machine, an old Maytag wringer washer you see below...
This kettle also heats all of our water for baths as well. Its not the prettiest but I am not complaining! I get to fill a huge claw foot bath tub from here and enjoy every minute of it! I am glad we didn't leave that bathtub behind at the palace!
and last but not least, on the outside of the vesh haus the little number, a Honda engine, powers the maytag wringer!
and sometimes I visit the laundry mat :). I hope this answers your questions on our laundry set up! We get a lot of them! And remember, this isn't that bad, Laura Ingalls had to do all of the laundry by hand and haul the creek water in remember?

9 comments:

Treasures Evermore said...

That is awesome....I always wondered how you washed all your bed clothes and other larger items....what a great photo.

Beautifully Veiled said...

Ok, it is sooo time for a clothesline with a pulley for you guys. Nothing like all my neighbors driving by the highway and my "unmentionables" flying high up in the sky to the pole out by the lake!!!
Blessings,
Linda in GA

Janean said...

way cool....okay, we have hard well water and i cannot get my whites WHITE. HELP!

Jackie said...

I'm 61. We had a wringer washer until I was 7.After Mama got a new modern washer, she said the clothers never got as clean as they did with the wringer. I loved to watch her, and she let me "catch " the clothes.I still like to hang my clothes on the line. Smells so fresh.

Nadine said...

I need help with this question.
How do you dry your clothes in the winter and can it be dried outside and if yes, for how long should it stay outside.
My dryer broke and I am not wanting to replace it ( might as well get used to not dryer since we want to live offgrid someday) the problem is we do NOT have wood heat..only natural gas ...and it gets pretty cold here in Alberta, Canada.
My husband remembers his grandma dryer the clothes outside in winter on the line but he thinks she left it there for day?
Can you help this poor Canadian girl with some advice on line drying outside in the winter?

Nadine said...

oops forgot another question...
do I have to boil the clothes in order to be able to dry it outside?
I read that drying the clothes indoors could result with mold issues??... now I have been known to use the line indoors at times with no mold issues but "supposedly" boiling clothes totally stops that from happening...may be I am wrong but I obviously did not realize drying clothing in the dryer kills germs??
I just would rather not go back to the dryer ever...if I can dry indoors and winter dry outside too it would be nice...I just need to know how ...

Thanks so much for your help

Nadine from Alberta

Renata said...

What a great set up! It certainly seems improved from when you first showed us your washing back when you just moved there! Glad you could get a wringer machine!

Homemaker Ang said...

Nadine, we dry our clothes for 3 days outside and they "freeze dry" seriously :)

or inside by the woodstove works very quickly, we have lines hung all over the house that are hidden :)

Nadine, THANK YOU for the Christmas card! You have a lovely family.

Janean, for whites, I am still a chlorox girl and the sun helps a lot!

patrickm said...

When I was a kid growing up in the 50's mom had clothes lines outside for Spring, Summer & Fall, when Winter set in we had clothes lines set up in the basement from one end to the other; suspended from the rafters / crossbeams that held up the first floor of the house. Patrick

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