Washing clothes is a part of our lives, so, even when we are faced with a shortage of water, we still need to keep our clothing clean. The best solution is to wash with less water. In this article, we will explain how to wash without water amounts you may be used to and how you can cut back by using efficient and eco-friendly detergents and supplies.
Step 1: Sort
In order to be as efficient as possible, organise the clothes you need to wash by colour. Make sure your whites and darks are in different batches and put the delicates or specialized fabrics to the side for individual treatment. The same goes with unusually soiled clothing. Once you have everything arranged, you can decide in which order it is best to begin the process. Usually this will be whites and delicate, colours, darks, and finally the dirtiest items.
Step 2: Prep your clothes water
Get two tubs of water or a split sink if you have one. If you hand-wash clothing on a regular basis make sure these tubs are about the size of the pile of laundry you do to avoid a lot of small loads. Equally, the tubs don’t need to be especially huge as this would result in using an excess of water – exactly what we are trying to avoid!
One of the tubs is full of water for washing clothes, and the other for rinsing them. Fill them with warm water, to begin with, and as they naturally cool off, you will be using the right temperature for the colour of the clothes you’re washing! In general, whites need warmer temperatures, and darks cooler.
Step 3: Soak
With both the buckets full, add detergent to the clothes water according to the directions on the product label. In the case of Rin, you simply add in one scoop and mix for 15 seconds! Put your whites and delicates in the tub and leave it to soak for up to half an hour.
Step 4: Wash
Ensure the soapy clothes get a thorough wash by either using your hands and arms or a tool of some kind to stir and agitate the contents of the bucket. This movement breaks up the dirt and oil on normally soiled clothing, but don’t be afraid to give the dirtiest sections of your clothes some extra treatment. The Rin Bar is great for removing spot stains before soaking and leaves clothes white and bright!
Step 5: Rinse
Once you are satisfied the clothes are clean, it’s time to use the second bucket to rinse them off. Move them into the clean bucket of water and repeat the process of moving them around to remove any excess detergent. In the midst of moving your whites into the rinse bucket, you can also add your darks to the wash bucket to begin the process of soaking!
Step 6: Squeeze
Remove the clothes from the rinse bucket one at a time, squeezing out any excess back into the bucket. Avoid twisting or wringing the fabric to keep from stretching it out. Doing this will allow the clothes to dry faster and will make the entire process of washing with less water much easier. If you would rather not use your hands so much, wrap them in a clean, dry towel and press to remove excess water.
Step 7: Hang
When you start to hang your clothes, take note of whether it is sunny. If it is, you may way to hang clothing inside out to avoid sun bleaching. Using a clothesline or rack, pin your clothes up with a good amount of space between items so that they can dry quickly. You clothes will dry depending on the temperature and humidity that day, but this is by far the longest process of washing with less water!
By using these 7 steps above and choosing efficient detergents from Rin, you will be able to use less water for washing clothes – and still be confident that your clothing is white and bright!