How to Do Laundry by Hand | Sustainable Laundry

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I started doing my laundry by hand mainly because I have a minimal wardrobe. There is no need for me to do large loads of laundry. I also recognize the numerous environmental benefits to not using the washing machine and dryer.

The benefits of washing clothes by hand

1. Conserve water and electricity use.

2. Save utility cost.

3. Naturally disinfect fabric with sunlight.

4. More gentle on delicate natural fibers.

5. You can practice mindfulness while doing laundry as a way to express appreciation for your clothes.

I currently have less than fifteen clothes, so it is necessary for me to do my laundry as quickly as possible. I will soon run out of clothes to wear if I waited to do the laundry by the end of the week. At the moment, I do two batches in the middle of the week or more often during the summer. I use The Scrubba Wash Bag, which is mainly used for outdoor purposes like long-term camping and traveling. I have seen hikers use a simple dry bag for the same purpose, but I prefer the Scrubba because it has a built-in washboard for removing dirt. The material is light-weight but sturdy, and I expect it to last a very long time before needing replacement.

How I do my laundry by hand using Scrubba

Materials

• The Scrubba Wash Bag (you can also use a dry bag or any large bowl to hold water)

• Non-toxic laundry detergent (find my homemade recipe here)

• Paracord or any sturdy rope

• Wooden clips (not required)

*This post may contain affiliate link. I only recommend products I believe will add value to you.

Steps

1. Fill warm water inside the bag until clothes are completely soaked. The capacity of the Scrubba bag is limited so I only placed a shirt and a top inside the bag. But I think I can squeeze two socks in there if I wanted to. This shouldn’t be a problem if you use a large bowl or a plugged bathtub.

2. Place 1 tbsp of laundry powder. 

3. Close the top buckle and seal the opening by rolling it downwards. Release air by unscrewing nozzle.

4. Start scrubbing! Massage fabric on the built-in washboard. Here’s a look at what it looks like from the back.

5. Pour out dirty water. Repeat previous steps without the detergent and just clean water.

6. Water should be clear by now. If not, repeat step 5 one more time to rinse thoroughly. I usually rinse once to conserve water. Remove clothes from Scrubba and wring dry. If you have a delicate fabric, use a towel to absorb the water. 

7. Hang dry! Use suspended paracord or a foldable drying rack if you have one.

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I started doing my laundry by hand mainly because I have a minimal wardrobe. There is no need for me to do large loads of laundry. I also recognize the numerous environmental benefits to not using the washing machine and dryer.

The benefits of washing clothes by hand

1. Conserve water and electricity use.

2. Save utility cost.

3. Naturally disinfect fabric with sunlight.

4. More gentle on delicate natural fibers.

5. You can practice mindfulness while doing laundry as a way to express appreciation for your clothes.

I currently have less than fifteen clothes, so it is necessary for me to do my laundry as quickly as possible. I will soon run out of clothes to wear if I waited to do the laundry by the end of the week. At the moment, I do two batches in the middle of the week or more often during the summer. I use The Scrubba Wash Bag, which is mainly used for outdoor purposes like long-term camping and traveling. I have seen hikers use a simple dry bag for the same purpose, but I prefer the Scrubba because it has a built-in washboard for removing dirt. The material is light-weight but sturdy, and I expect it to last a very long time before needing replacement.

How I do my laundry by hand using Scrubba

Materials

The Scrubba Wash Bag (you can also use a dry bag or any large bowl to hold water)

• Non-toxic laundry detergent (find my homemade recipe here)

• Paracord or any sturdy rope

• Wooden clips (not required)

*This post may contain affiliate link. I only recommend products I believe will add value to you.

Steps

1. Fill warm water inside the bag until clothes are completely soaked. The capacity of the Scrubba bag is limited so I only placed a shirt and a top inside the bag. But I think I can squeeze two socks in there if I wanted to. This shouldn’t be a problem if you use a large bowl or a plugged bathtub.

2. Place 1 tbsp of laundry powder. 

3. Close the top buckle and seal the opening by rolling it downwards. Release air by unscrewing nozzle.

4. Start scrubbing! Massage fabric on the built-in washboard. Here’s a look at what it looks like from the back.

5. Pour out dirty water. Repeat previous steps without the detergent and just clean water.

6. Water should be clear by now. If not, repeat step 5 one more time to rinse thoroughly. I usually rinse once to conserve water. Remove clothes from Scrubba and wring dry. If you have a delicate fabric, use a towel to absorb the water. 

7. Hang dry! Use suspended paracord or a foldable drying rack if you have one.

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2 Replies to “How to Do Laundry by Hand | Sustainable Laundry”

  1. Thank you ,love what you are doing.I Slept in a hammock for three years I love it namaste

    1. Thanks for sharing with me! I am happy to connect with a fellow hammock sleeper. Three years is amazing! I look forward to spending more time in it.

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