Re: [bolger] Re: Washing Machine
- Wouldn't washing your close in salt water leave them, well, salty?
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From: "Paul Lefebvre" <paul@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 8:24 AM
Subject: RE: [bolger] Re: Washing Machine
> I once read about a jury-rigged washing machine used by troops on pacific
> islands in WWII. Don't remember details, in fact not even sure any were
> given, but it was basically a barrel with some sort of wave-driven agitator.
> They'd throw their clothes in and put it in the right spot in or near the
> surf zone, and let the waves agitate their clothes; claimed it did a great
> job. It ought to be possible to rig up a device like this on a voyaging
> boat - why wear out your arms cranking when your boat bobs in the waves
> 24/7? Might take a bit longer, but who cares when the energy is free. Surely
> some of the clever long-distance cruisers out there have come up with a way
> to do this. I suppose the best clothes-washing energy is to be had offshore,
> where water is rationed and it'd be hard to hang things out to dry..... but
> it seems one could get around this with a bit of planning - tank up, then go
> for a daysail and wash your clothes at the same time!
> Paul L, hoping the end is in sight for this cabin-fever!
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>Wouldn't washing your close in salt water leave them, well, salty?When I was in school, I'd went Baja California nearly every Winter
break. Not a lot of clothing needed.
But when our clothes threatened to stand up and walk away on their
own, we did have good luck putting our grungies in a 5 gallon pail
with water, detergent and a lid. An hour on a washboarded road did
the trick for agitation. We'd rinse in the ocean. I've heard of good
results for a pail left on the deck of a boat underway.
If you don't want salty clothes, stay ashore.
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