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Old 24-04-2012, 09:32   #46
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Well there is an option i was planning on using thaI i didn't see in the thread. I wondered if any one elses uses them. The old fashion washboards.. I was planning on that n large bucket or cooler. The washboards are like 1 1/2 -2 inches thick so flat storage is a plus. I do know that they clean things very well I have used it several times camping and power outages during storms. Just seems like a good idea on the boat also.
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Old 24-04-2012, 10:33   #47
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Oh yes, I have and still use washboards, particularly for heavy and tough cloth items such as jeans or coveralls.
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Re: Laundry While Cruising

We have the Wonder Wash. Bought it for a year in Afghanistan, living in a tin can. Thought that would give me a sense of living aboard minus the gunfire - lol.

I used the WW every week, found it cleaned small loads just fine, only a teaspoon of washing powder, and only a few minutes of cranking. You need to rinse the soap out - I simply drained and refilled with clean water two or three times, didn't have the press so I hand rung them.
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Doesn't do large loads, like sheets
Will not remove stains
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i figgered the great combo of wonderwash and plunger--lol--but ye still have to use shrouds for wringers..lol
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Re: Laundry While Cruising

What about tips for line drying clothes? Here are a couple:

hang dark clothes inside-out to minimize fading
resign yourself to fading
don't use plastic clothespins because you will need to rack up serious plastic karma points for all that you lose overboard (you lose points whenever you lose plastic overboard, and win points by scooping it up and out - right? )

Several bloggers wrote articles about how they deal with clothes and laundry on board - the links are here:

Raft-UP: Clothes and Laundry
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I have come to a new resolution only cruise where your main wardrobe is just a bathing suit and a pareu
That way all you really have to deal with is washing sheets and towels
Our on board washer dryer with our wAtermaker will be adequate .
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Sea to Summit Dry Lite Microfiber Towels : Cabela's


These camp towels from cabelas work great. Light weight, packable, dry fast and easily washed.
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Re: Laundry While Cruising

We have a small (3kg load) plastic, automatic washing machine on board. It runs on the inverter, using very little power unless it is heating water, and uses less water than washing the same amount of clothing by hand. The only downside is that it doesn't spin, but that's not too much of an issue, wringing by hand around shrouds gets most of the water out.

Before we bought the machine laundry was a major pain. Summer clothes are easy to wash by hand but when it comes to towels, bedding, jeans and jumpers/fleeces it is a very different matter.
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Re: Laundry While Cruising

I'd like to add a note about having your laundry done ashore. I found it useful before taking it ashore to dump it all out on the cabin sole, and write down each item that goes into the shore bag. Make a copy for the laundry. In all these years, we've contributed to a number of foreign economies or individuals, as opposed to business, and lost one sock.

Also, it can be rewarding to go ashore and wash with the native women. If you're interested in foreign cultures.

I've been told that the difference between dishwashing detergent and laundry detergent is that the former is biased towards grease removal, and the latter, for dirt removal, so the chemistry is slightly different. We've used Joy equivalents for personal washing with no deleterious effects, too.

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Re: Laundry While Cruising

I use a laundry on shore.

As they are not everywhere, and I refuse to wash by hand I have bought about 30 pairs of underwear. But, by jingo, by crikey, I'm glad I don't have to do that load of washing after a month!
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Forgot that I was the original poster. So here's what I ended up doing...
The entire procedure is in my blog somewhere.
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tie it to the stern mooring line and chuck it overboard.
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Re: Laundry While Cruising

i found i am best with plain old plunger and a 3 gal bucket...is still cleanest...and i use my nonskid deck fro laundry washboard, a la mexicana....

oh yeah, my wonderwash broke terminally....was used when i received it and over 5 yrs old, so whaddya spect. so i am back to plunger bucket and rock...lol. tried and Ątrue
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Forgot that I was the original poster. So here's what I ended up doing...
The entire procedure is in my blog somewhere.
Off topic. Well I just love you gelcoat it so clean and white, can you remove that middle window from your dog house?
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Off topic. Well I just love you gelcoat it so clean and white, can you remove that middle window from your dog house?
Its a stock Hallberg Rassy windshield which has a window that pushes out about 45 degrees.
Regarding laundry in Mexico (La Paz anyways) it's dirt cheap (pardon the pun) to have it done for you . It's 20 pesos ($1.60), a load, to do it yourself or 50 pesos ($4.10) to have it done for you, wash/dried, folded and bagged.
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