Laundry refers to the act of washing clothing and linens, the place where that washing is done, and/or that which needs to be, is being, or has been laundered.
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Hand Wash Procedure
Rubber drain stop
Best to start with clothing wrong way out.
This should be done in the early morning to allow the maximum amount of time to dry.
Fill bucket with as hot as water as possible.
Put powdered soap into bucket.
Place clothing into bucket and allow to soak for up to eight hours.
Use your foot or hands to agitate the water occasionally.
You may wish to rub pieces of clothing against themselves.
Make a pile of powered soap on the floor.
Use a sock or underwear for a brush
Dip the sock into the powders soap and scrub the clothing, taking special care with problem areas.
To clean properly, you should wash the clothing then turn inside out to do the other side
Fill bucket and rinse clothing, it will probably require you to fill the bucket three times.
Take all the clothes out of the bucket and put in sink or location where they can drain.
Hand Twist clothing
Place foot on end of pieces of clothing to get a better leverage
Wrap in sheet from the bed and twist until water is soaked into the sheet.
Use the hinge of doors, there is almost always one door in a hotel room.
Parachute cord from and army surplus store makes a good line.
Clothespins makes life easier, however not required.
Shake clothing to remove the wrinkles, each wrinkle cause a wet area to remain.
Use clothespins if possible
Hang on clothesline with the most amount of clothing surface showing.
Reverse from top to bottom occasionally.
Flip over occasionally
Pull the pockets out of clothing if possible and expose to air.
Clothes need to dry within 24 hours or you should not start to wash, a good wringing and normally make this happen.
Wring out the bottoms of articles of clothing as they water leeches to bottom.
Hand shirts up by sleeves because the armpits of shirts are retain water.
Socks need to have all wrinkles removed
PAYING FOR LAUNDRY
Laundry Defined Laundry was first done in watercourses , letting the water carry away the materials which could cause stains and smells. Laundry is still done this way in some less industrialized areas and rural regions. Agitation helps remove the dirt, so the laundry is often rubbed, twisted, or slapped against flat rocks. Wooden bats or clubs could be used to help with beating the dirt out. These were often called washing beetles or bats and could be used by the waterside on a rock (a beetling-stone), on a block (battling-block), or on a board. They were once common across Europe and were also used by settlers in North America, similar techniques have also been identified in Japan.
Various chemicals may be used to increase the solvent power of water, such as the compounds in soaproot or yucca-root used by Native American tribes. Soap, a compound made from lye (from wood-ash) and fat, is an ancient and very common laundry aid. However, modern washing machines typically use powdered or liquid laundry detergent in place of more traditional soap.
When no watercourses were available, laundry was done in water-tight vats or vessels. Sometimes large metal cauldrons were filled with fresh water and heated over a fire; boiling water was even more effective than cold in removing dirt. The washboard, a corrugated slab of a hard material such as metal, replaced rocks as a surface for loosening soil.
Once clean, the clothes were wrung out — twisted to remove most of the water. Then they were hung up on poles or clotheslines to air dry, or sometimes just spread out on clean grass.