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Washing Laundry During the Coin Shortage

  1. For those of you who rely on coin-op laundry during the coin shortage, and can't get quarters, I'm going to teach you one of the most efficient and powerful ways to wash clothes in the bathtub with the least effort.

    Fill the tub a little under 1/4 of the way up with dirty clothes. I find this equals about six to eight outfits plus all undergarments.

    Add detergent evenly over the top. If you like you can add fabric softener to make the clothes smell good. You don't want to overdo it with detergent. The more detergent you put in, the more you have to rinse out by hand.

    Fill the tub until the clothes are just submerged. Press them down and swish them around so all the detergent is in the water and the clothes are all under water.

    Let sit for five minutes.

    Step into the bathtub and stomp lightly on the clothes about 300 foot steps. You can break this up into a few rounds of shorter bursts if it makes you tired.

    Let sit for five minutes. Drain tub. Gather all clothes into a pile in the middle of the tub.

    Now sit on the edge of the tub and turn on the water without the plug in.

    Rinse each garment individually. It doesn't take more than a few seconds to do each item. Once rinsed, make a pile at the back of the bathtub of rinsed items.

    Once you're all done rinsing, spread them out in the bathtub in an even layer and just let them drain for about 20 to 30 minutes. It'll make the wringing almost effortless.

    To wring, sit on the edge of the tub and find a sturdy bar inside the tub that you normally use to hold washcloths or to get out of the tub.

    Hang garment over the bar and twist it like a unicorn horn. The water will wring out of it without hurting your hands.

    Put wrung clothes in a hamper. When everything's wrung out, hang to dry.


    Towels and washcloths are more involved, and are a harder process. I suggest scrounging quarters, if you don't feel like washing twice, giving it about 600-1000 footsteps, and 3 separate rinses.


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