We originally looked into old fashioned laundry methods when we realized that we had kids making piles of laundry and then wandering around the house with nothing to do. The washer and dryer ran 24/7 and it was Mom’s job to collect, wash, dry and put away everyone’s clothes.
We started manual washing knowing that it had been done for 50 bazillion years. Obviously, it’s not a big deal. Water, soap and a big tub…wash the clothes…let them dry. Done.
It is that easy.
The way washers work is that they agitate the clothing and force water through the fabric of the clothes. The detergent lowers the surface tension of water the water becomes “wetter” and is more effective in cleaning. All of that replaces…rubbing clothing against a washboard. No, clothes washers don’t magically remove soil from clothing…they just push water and soap theough them and then rinse them…just like people did by hand all through human history. We’ve got lots of hands around here that could make good use of time pushing soapy ater through clothes. We’ve also got clean clothes and no laundry piles. We’ve also got kids who are more careful with their clothes…because they don’t want to have to wash them.
As for the dryer, God has given us a giant fire up in the sky and free wind to dry clothes quite efficiently. Ring ot the water over the tub, hang it on the line and…dry clothes in a little bit. Go out, grab them off the line, fold them and put them away…
But aren’t washers and dryers easier? No, not when you factor in the work the kids have to do, the responsibility they learn and the burden removed from the household servant (i.e., Mom).