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MrWednesday

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Anyone using a Breathing washer/ other manual washer?
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:01:35 PM »
I'm curious about the "breathing washer" and wonder if anyone has experience with it or another manual washing machine (like the laundry pod for example). Looking at a few YouTube videos it seems to take about 3-5 minutes max to do a "load" of laundry (really small load like a shirt jeans and a few odds and ends) the things get mixed reviews on amazon but thought I'd see what the stachioed crew thought. Worth the trouble and the 700 dollar savings on purchasing a new washer?

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Re: Anyone using a Breathing washer/ other manual washer?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 09:56:59 PM »
Well it looks better than pounding clothes on big flat rocks.  I haven't personally used one.
Having had the pleasure of churning butter by hand before, I would probably not do it more than occasionally.
How much laundry do you have?

Do you regularly travel by auto?  If so you might try what I used to do: used 5 gallon buckets.   I'd put soapy water and load the clothes, put in the back of my  beater car ( bad shocks were a bonus) and go to work.  I'd put the clothes in the rinse bucket of clean water for the ride home.  Not ideal - clothes were very wet...took forever to dry and pretty stiff when dried.  Luckily coworkers couldn't see me when parked.

No car?  I've known folks who put laundry in the bathtub and jogged on them with clean feet.  Same results - wet soggy clothes that dried into boards.

But I'll take a washer any day - my current one was $25 on CL and has lasted me 5 years and going.  No way would I spend 700.

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Re: Anyone using a Breathing washer/ other manual washer?
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2014, 02:36:14 AM »
Ask your grandmother about doing washing by hand.  Then go and buy an automatic washer.

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Re: Anyone using a Breathing washer/ other manual washer?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2014, 06:00:32 AM »
The best "design" for manual laundry is two buckets, 5 or 10 gallon, and a clean plunger. First bucket is wash, second bucket is rinse. There are manual wringers that help duplicate the spin cycle of a washer, but if I was washing a lot of cotton clothes, I wouldn't bother. They'll take 2-3 days to dry, and will smell moldy unless you do it outside in direct sunshine.

If you're washing synthetics, it will work great even for indoor drying. That's why a lot of dedicated backpackers and road warriors wear all synthetic underwear, for instance. Easy to wash and dry even in a hotel.

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Re: Anyone using a Breathing washer/ other manual washer?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2014, 02:28:11 PM »
Do you regularly travel by auto?  If so you might try what I used to do: used 5 gallon buckets.   I'd put soapy water and load the clothes, put in the back of my  beater car ( bad shocks were a bonus) and go to work.  I'd put the clothes in the rinse bucket of clean water for the ride home.  Not ideal - clothes were very wet...took forever to dry and pretty stiff when dried.  Luckily coworkers couldn't see me when parked.

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