The biggest change in my living since moving into Casa Container has been the transition into being an environmentally safe & water conservative being, and therefor creating a living space that reflects those values. Being responsible for a (tiny) household ( & a tiny septic tank) makes you extremely conscious of every litre of fresh water that moves through your pipes.
Since the move I’ve employed many simple ways of conserving/reusing/reducing my water consumption. Read about all of them here.
I recently revealed on my latest snapchat tour that I hand wash my laundry with recycled greywater. In doing this i’ve cutback significantly on my water usage & electric bill and extended the life of my clothes by not subjecting them to the roughness of a washer & dryer.
Interested? Learn how below.
Personally, I use shower water (provided being absolutely filthy isn’t the reason for the shower). Shower/tub water actually contains minimal organic matter, which means this water is totally fine to wash your clothes in. I just plug the drain & let it fill up while i shower. The soap & shampoo i use is also 100% natural and environmentally safe ( most of my products come from a local company purejoynaturals.ca ).
If you don’t want to use greywater you can still use less water than a washing machine by filling a rubbermaid bin (or other bin) with fresh water and using the same process.
I add a few scoops of PJN laundry soap and dump my clothes in. With this method, I find it’s best to do small loads frequently and not to wait until you have a heaping basket. I do mine every few days because
1) Water stays cleaner with less clothes
2)I have limited drying space
3)Leaning over the bathtub can be strenuous, and you don’t want do have to do it for a long time.
First, I let everything soak for a couple minutes, then i swish it around to mix with the detergent water, so the soap gets at every part of every garment. After that I pay any special attention needed to stains, spots, ect.
When you’re ready to take your clothes out, pull them out one at a time and squeeze as much excess water out as possible without wringing them. Wringing the garments will stretch, weaken and wear down the fabric.
Like i said earlier I have limited drying space because I use one of those wooden drying racks. Ideally (in the summer) the drying rack is outside on the deck when i lay wet clothes on it because fresh air, breezy, dripping, blah, blah. In the winter i set up in my living room and put a towel underneath.
Once all your clothes are out and drying, consider bucketing the water for your lawn or non-food garden before you drain it.
And voila! Perfectly clean clothes using NO electricity & NO extra water!
100% doable and you didn’t even have to bring your old Columbus Co. washboard down to the river.