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I hate how much water and electicity I waste washing my clothes in the machine. Do you think it would be too much work and sanitary enough (panties) if I did it in the bathtub. Is this a far-fetched idea. If not, any ideas on how I should do it?
 

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i wud save alot on of water and elecricity ! and money too !<br><br>
but i would really take you along time and may not get the job done as good so maybe get a friends laundry and share mashines like put both of your stuff in together<br><br>
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you cud like use reeused water !<br><br>
i dont know what from but hopefully water that is quite clean
 

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Handwashing your clothes would save some electricity and water, but wouldn't get your clothes nearly as clean, and would probably take a lot of time. Most newer washers use far less water than they used to (15-20 gallons, as opposed to 35 or 40), and washers don't use THAT much electricity. Dryers, on the other hand, use a huge amount of electricity (although they're getting better, too).<br><br><br><br>
For me, I don't have time to hand wash all of my clothes, sheets, towels, etc., so I just make sure that I always wash full loads (small loads use just as much electricity as large ones), and I hang my clothes out on a line as much as possible. And maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't wear clothes once and then put them in the laundry (except for underwear). Unless they smell (like gym clothes), or have visible dirt (like working outside or camping), I can get 2-3 wearings out of pants and shirts.
 

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We just bought a front-loading washing machine and they are very efficient and have a lot of different settings for shorter cycles, etc. You may want to look into something like that. And because it's front loading it's much gentler on your clothes and makes them last longer. You do have to use special detergent with them, the kind with the "HE" on the front (high efficiency), but you can get it at most grocery stores now.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by firebird_81</i><br><br><b>Dryers, on the other hand, use a huge amount of electricity (although they're getting better, too).</b></div>
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Indeed, I think that cutting down, if not eliminating dryer useage would go a log way. I use one, but only for about half my loads, and when I do use it, I air-dry the stuff half-way and throw them in for 10-15 minutes.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I don't really want to go through all the work of washing them. I just wasn't sure what I could do to cut back.
 

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I think it would be hard to get them as clean. But what I do is wear my clothes 2 times before washing them (unless they stink or have grass stains etc) that way they are still clean and you are doing laundry only half as much as if you wash them after every one time you wear them. so it helps save water and electricity that way. Just a thought i guess
 

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washing machines and dishwashers could actually save water. dunno about energy though. what really wastes water is flushing the toilet. 45% of all water used up in a household is toilet water. so you could a) get a swiss toilet with 2 different flushes for liquid and solid waste, or b) eat less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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'yellow is mellow, brown goes down'<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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okay.....NEVER AGAIN will I try cleaning my clothes in the bathtub. Way too much work. I think I wasted more water doing it that way. Guess I should have just tried it before asking everyone because theat would have been my answer. I'll use your ideas to save water in other ways. Thanks.
 

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lol ssm.<br><br><br><br>
Epinephrine, I've never heard of those toilets, but they sound facinating (that's genuine, no matter how sarcastic it must look<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">). I've always wanted to have a urinal in my house as well as a toilet (just to save water). I don't understand why no one has them in their house. They make really great cubby urinals that hide into the wall when not in use.<br><br><br><br>
Someday... I'm going to have one.<br><br><br><br>
Just got to keep my hopes high.
 

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I know you found your answer already but i'd just like to point out that most of my clothing is handwashed...then again I have a good sink...
 

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I was also behind on my laundry (about 5 loads worth) and decided to do it all at one time. Maybe if I did a little in the sink, that wouldn't be so ovrwhelming. Thanks for the addition.
 

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I hand wash my clothes, except for bedding. Go to <a href="http://www.laundry-alternative.com." target="_blank">www.laundry-alternative.com.</a> I have the alternative washer and dryer. Yes it takes a little time, but boy do I save money.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Epinephrine</i><br><br><b>45% of all water used up in a household is toilet water. so you could a) get a swiss toilet with 2 different flushes for liquid and solid waste, or b) eat less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></b></div>
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Another argument omnis try to use against us: vegans eat more fiber, thus produce more waste, thus use up more water for flushing the toilet. Also, I heard people actually argue that people that eat more fiber produce more gas and thus pollute the air...<br><br><br><br>
man omnis seem desperate sometimes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Muzicfan</i><br><br><b>I hand wash my clothes, except for bedding. Go to <a href="http://www.laundry-alternative.com." target="_blank">www.laundry-alternative.com.</a> I have the alternative washer and dryer. Yes it takes a little time, but boy do I save money.</b></div>
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That sounds interesting, but the site doesn't really explain how it works. Could you maybe tell me?
 

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the washer is a simple device that allows you to put detergent and your clothes. It has a top that you screw on, and tighten. The body of the washer spins around as you crank it, and as you are doing that, it builds pressure, forcing the detergent into the clothes.<br><br><br><br>
You then can drain the water in the body using the spout that attaches to the bottom, and opens it up a little to drain water.<br><br><br><br>
Kinda of a simple concept, but it does a decent job on clothes. I then wring out my clothes and hang them to dry.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The dryer.. is a simple cloth bag that you attach a hair dryer to on the very top, you hang clothes on a plasic hanger, and zip the garmet into the cloth bag, the heat then dries the object. I use this mostly for jeans or items that take a while to drip dry.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Granted, this is not as good as a washer if you have to wash undies and such, but it does a really decent job. I have to use a coin-operated laundremat. This saves me money, and the hassle of lugging the clothes to an outside establishment.
 

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I came across the site, cause I was looking for alternatives to washing clothes. I was looking into the washer/dryer in one units, but they were out of my price range. I then came across this site.<br><br><br><br>
You have to be patient, it does take a little more effort to wash your clothes by hand. But no one steals my clothes anymore, that is for sure.
 

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Not to change the subject, but Sunshinemellisa, im assuming that is you on your icon pic. You look just like this girl Ive seen around where I live. wondering if it is you. I live in Auburn IN.
 
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