Washing at Early Bird Farm
When we first started our adventure camping out at our friends Phillip and Scotts bush property we used our trusty wonder wash washing machine.
Its great when your camping as its usually just for a couple of weeks and your only washing small stuff.
We spent 42 nights camping there but as the weather got colder the washing wasn't drying well, so a few times we went into town and did washing at the laundry mat mostly so it was spun out. Wring out washing by hand you don't get a lot of the water out so dry time is a couple of days when the weather is getting cold. Speaking of the laundry mat, the washers are so old and not cleaned so your clothes come out dirtier than when they went in.
All our water we brought in from town in 20lt drums with taps, so i was very selective on what got washed and when.
Fill the washer with water to the line and ad a small bit of detergent, push in the washing and screw on the lid.
Now comes the fun part, crank that handle to spin the washing and clean the clothes.
There is a spout to attach when your finished washing to empty the tub.
Now you can add more water to rinse and crank that handle again.
When your done don't empty that water as that will be your next wash water.
Wring out the washing and hang them on the line.
Using one of these in summer is great not so much when the weather gets cold.
We used the wonder washer for the first year and a half here on Early Bird Farm, wringing out towels and sheets in winter was not our favourite thing to do.
On one of Andrews trips to Sydney he brought me back this beautiful beast, the Twin Tub Washer.
She is light weight, easy to use, saves water and will run on our small camp solar set up (we use that set up for the washer and the shower).
The washer lid comes off and hangs perfectly on the wall rail.
If we have water in the outside blue barrels then i will just bucket the water into the machine, if not then the hose is attached to the shower pump and the water comes from the ibc behind the shower house.
One of the best things about this beauty is you can use as much water as you need, i have not yet filled it past the lint catcher. The second best thing is you can reuse the water.
I always start the the cleanest clothes first, wash those and then hand wring and drop in the spin tub, then add the next lot of clothes to the washer.
Never put in too much detergent or you will be trying to rinse out soap for an hour, NOOooo i didn't do that, im just saying........
Once in the spin tub put on the lid and start adding water close the lid and spin away, turn off the water as soon as you think its enough, you don't need all that much.
I catch my spin water and use it for the next wash.
The spin tub is awesome it really does spin till all the water is gone.
Like everything else with this washer you can control everything, from how much water to how long it washes, rinses and spins.
There are two things you must do when your finished and that is rinse out the tub and wipe it out.
I usually wipe it all over and leave the lids open for the rest of the day so its nice and dry before i put the cover on.
When we lived in the burbs and there were four of us, i washed pretty much every day. Now i wash about once a fortnight or when we run out of underwear.
If i had a choice would i go back to our very expensive front load washer, mmmm probably not.
It took a lot of years for me to be convinced to go from our very large top load washer to the front loader and while i loved it and it was great when there was heaps to wash or big stuff but we just don't need it now.
When i have big things like donnas, blankets or a stack of new fabric then i go to this great laundry mat an hour and a half away, there are front loaders that take a double load then there is the giant one that will take three loads in one and they only run for 26 mins a load and the best part your washing comes out clean.
Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl