I need to have someone teach me how to wash clothes. I’ve washed clothes by hand before, but that was when I had a whole bathtub, so had no idea how to proceed here. My first attempt mixed some soap powder with water in my little basin, but it was too much soap and couldn’t rinse it out enough…
I went and bought some bar laundry soap! Works much better! And I love the way it smells, too. And a brush to go with the scrubbing board. For rinsing, I just spread the clothes out on the bathroom floor and hose them down a long time. The problem is wringing. I can’t do enough of it and then the clothing is permanently creased and no amount of flattening or ironing seems to get the creases out. I was drying the clothes on my rack in the walk-in closet, but now I’m wondering if I should just dry it in the bathroom instead, and not wring it at all…The traditional method of Korean culture was to beat the dried clothes with sticks on a flat board. I wonder if they wrung or didn’t wring first?
The clothes are cleaner than machine washed, but I also imagine they’ll get pretty beat-up looking fast and wonder if I should wash them inside-out…I know in the Caribbean they hung their clothes inside out due to the sun bleaching, but did they wash them inside out as well? T-shirts don’t look so great after being hand washed. In fact, I don’t think I’m going to buy anything made out of t-shirt material in general from now on: they just pill up and get out of shape and get dingy too fast. Comparing them to my one warm woven shirt after hand-washing, and the difference in looks and ease of cleaning is amazing.
It feels anachronistic, this hand washing, and that’s kind of fun. If only I knew what I was doing!