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What's sadder than a washing thing that doesn't wash?
No one even repairs these Bendix units, and certainly not a 15-year-old model. But, what good is one of these in a boondocking lifestyle anyway?
I picture this going to the curb to make room for my shiny, new Laundering System.
Now THAT'S a bucket. We got it at Lowe's in the mop section.
I started with about 2 tablespoons of detergent (in this case, body wash). I didn't want to try soap because of its different properties from detergent. This smells nice, and is cruelty-free.
I lathered up some water before I put in a pair of jeans, four pairs of underwear, a bra, and three socks.
The soapy clothes go into the wringer section. This is a good idea, but the clothes aren't very wrung. I filled up the section with more clothes, which worked better but not great. I left the clothes in the wringer, dumped out the wash water (about two gallons, I guess) and put the soapy clothes back in the bucket. They really weren't very soapy, because I didn't add a lot of suds in the first place.
I added clear water until the clothes were mostly submerged, and plunged again. Repeat the wringing, which still wasn't very wringy. I could pick up the smaller items and wring water out with one hand.
I'm expecting a folding metal rack, but my patience was at its end and I couldn't wait any longer to try this out. You will not see any of Pants' pants here; in fact, no undergarment of hers has ever been seen by a non-spouse or neighbor.
Conclusion: I like the bucket-washing system, but I think an old-fashioned mangle connected temporarily to the rear bumper would be a good summer alternative to the mop wringer. The wringer is okay, but probably not the best option available.
Pros: electricity-free, off-grid, good exercise, feels satisfying, inexpensive, simple, repair yourself, boondocking-friendly
Cons: inferior wringing capability.