One downside of having livestock, an off-grid homestead and a vacation rental is I have plenty of clothes and linens to be washed on a weekly basis. Going to the laundry mat to do 3-4 loads of laundry a weeks would certainly add up quickly especially at our local facility. So how do I keep my clothes and linens fresh day after day on a tight budget?
I have a typical top load washer that works off my generator while I water the garden. This old metal beast was a heck of a deal at a second time around store, only $10! The washer works great besides one quirk, to drain the load after a cycle she needs a little love tap on the top right section by the controls. Once slapped around a bit the machine gurgles and water begins to drain out of the basin and into the septic field. She will spin a few more times before the load is complete. For the price, I can’t complain! The propane water heater in the house is able to produce boiling hot water so I never worry about my clothes not fully being cleaned. The only issue I have encountered is getting my clothes dry year-round.
In the spring I can hang my clothes to dry on the fence or clothesline but once my summer flowers begin to fill in the area around my fence it becomes a little bit of a mess trying to dry everything. I had been wanted a drying rack for quite some time now as winter proved difficult with getting dry clothes promptly. Yes, you can stick them out on the line to freeze but then when you bring them in you can not wear them right away. It’s like trying to crawl into a t-shirt made of cardboard. There is something so comforting about slipping into a freshly made bed with clean PJ’s, especially in the winter so how do I achieve that?
I was able to solve both the summer and winter dilemma with a Clothes Drying Rack .
I have been able to wash an entire bed set and strategically place it all on the rack to dry which happens quickly on a windy day in full sun. Or I can fit one large load or two medium-size loads as well before having to go back to the old clothesline. This rack will come in extremely handy this winter. I will be able to wash my clothes and hang them up to dry by the woodstove. Simply place a mud mat under the rack to catch any residual water. Drying clothes this way in winter will also have the added benefit of increasing humidity in the house that time of year. And the best feature of all is this rack folds up and tucks away beside my washer in less than a second when not in use! Great gift for anyone living in a home smaller than 600 square feet. I know I will get plenty of use out of this bad boy.
How do you do laundry on a budget? Do you make your own detergent or line dry your clothes? I would love to hear any tricks or tips you may have encountered.