How to Hand Wash Your Laundry

Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.

— Gioacchio Rossini.

Let’s do a little throwback to the old way of washing clothes. Some of you may remember grandma going through laundry before appliances were widespread in American households, while some are so young, they didn’t think such a time ever existed! Regardless, learning how to do your laundry "grandma style" can come in handy if you’re in a bind! Whether your power goes out the night before a big meeting, or you’re on an extended camping trip and just realized you should have brought more clothes, follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way back to clean!

Step 1: Read the label and know what you’re washing. Choose the appropriate detergent. Not sure? Don’t worry, just use a mild detergent or dishwasher soap.

Step 2: Fill a small bucket or tub with luke warm water and a teaspoon of soap.

Step 3: Submerge the clothing in your mixture, swishing around. Be careful not to rub or twist as this can stretch or damage the fabric.

Step 4: Drain the water and fill with fresh cool water. Submerge the clothing and swish around until soap has been removed.

Step 5: Hang dry immediately to avoid wrinkles.


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