Ever wonder what it would be like if doing your laundry wasn’t as easy as plopping it in a machine and pressing go? Living here in Swaziland gave me no other option but to find out! Three things to know at first: this is my most dreaded chore here (because it takes the longest), adverse weather is not your friend (the wind WILL steal your clothing) & lastly you don’t get to dry your intimates on the line with everything else (too inappropriate for visitors on my homestead to be seeing my thong? .. Prob.) okay and last thing! Washers and dryers are amazing assets, so don’t be taking them for granted.
Today was my “wash day”. I call it this because it takes up a vast majority of my day. 9am I started the process and didn’t finish hanging my clothes on the line until 2pm, and this is without the time it takes of putting the clothes away after they dry.
I first go through my hamper and put back the clothes that don’t smell too bad, which ends up being only a few articles. I use my bathing tub to wash my clothes as it is the biggest. I procrastinate this task, so I usually do have a lot to wash. I fill the tub with my clothes & put hand washing powder on top. I carry this outside to my water tank, along with two other tubs that I use to rinse my clothes. This isn’t too far away from my hut. You can see my hut in the back of the photo.
I scrub the clothes together with my hands to “clean” them.. Or at least get the smell away :). From there I rinse the clothes twice in each side bucket of water.
Ally- this seems pretty simple what takes you so long?! .. Just think of every article of clothing you wear in a two week period, add in a lot of dirt & having to scrub them by hand. It’s not a hard task, but it is time consuming.
Lastly! Hanging them on the line to dry. I usually clean the heavier things first, such as my jeans or sweaters as they take longer to dry. In the winter the sun sets by 5pm, so I need the thick clothing on the line by at least 1pm for it to dry.
When I came back to the states in January for surgery, my mom washed all of my clothes I brought home. She had to wash them twice because she said they still had an “odor” to them. Could of been from the burning trash or the cows who knows… I don’t smell it anymore!
Lesson of the post- give your washer or dryer an extra tap on the metal next time you use it 🙂