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For a little while, I have been interested in getting myself a washboard. Especially after reading the book Lights Out by David Crawford, (I read the PDF one then bought the book) we will need to survive, live without electricity for a long period of time. Well, many already are finding ways to go off grid already. But water will be also be needed to conserve. Now a regular washing machine takes power, takes a lot of water. But a washboard needs a good tub, some water and elbow grease! A good way to start, let your really soiled clothes soak in the water, then place your washboard in the tub and start scrubbing. Not only will your clothes be cleaner than the washing machine, but you will use a lot less water, and soap as well. And the wash water can be used to water your garden afterwards. The ringing out part will be a little more tedious, but you will manage. Trust me!
 

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Good idea..I have considered the 5 gallon bucket with plunger.
I use the cheap $1 and $2 detergent but splurge on the Purex 'bleach for colors'--just a tad in each load and I spray it on tough stains too-- and am stocking up on that every time I go to the grocery that carries it.:2thumb:
I use some bars of soap for laundry. At the dollar store they are still cheap, and last long. Also the slivers I put aside in a plastic container and once I have have that filled including also the soap we use to wash our hands etc make another bar of soap with the slivers. :)
 

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Are you washboarding all your clothes now?

Plunger delicates, washboard tough stuff! Ha!
I live alone, so my laundry is not that big, so yep, I wash all with the washboard! And hang the clothes on the clothesline, if raining or snow, I have a clothe drying rack in the house
 

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I have had to carry and heat water to bathe in before at our old cabin-old artisian well that ran day and night into an old clawfoot tub(which now if I still had it would be worth a small fortune to a fancy smancy collector) would take two of the old galvanized buckets into the cabin and in small room(was supposed to be a bathroom if we ever ran electric) which had a shower stall and drain but no running water. the "bucket" john for middle of the night trips so ya didn't have to put your shoes on to go.
Heat one bucket add half to the third bucket and add cold water to temper it, use in shower with drain but no water! lol- wet down, scrub up, wash hair and then use rest of bucket warm water to rinse. extra hot water for extra rinse in case you missed a bit or like me use conditioner on your hair. Short and sweet but still clean.
If extra hot not needed for our "showers" our dainties went in the water we washed them and hung them up. And with 5 older sisters-plenty of dainties to be washed. Never ending water fetching and heating. Sucked being the youngest girl..
Deer camp was never boring with all us girls-just think-6 sisters, one mom and youngest of all was baby brother.. Dad running shotgun on all the "young" hunters that used to "wander by" our cabin.. lol;):D
Wow, thank you for sharing that! this was truly an interesting post to read! We had similar way when staying at my Grandfather's he was a tightwad, but for good reason, his farm expanded and still all without power!
 
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