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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  091
DATE:  October 01, 2002
TIP:  Disinfect your clothes
LOCATION:  Had Sai Yao Thailand

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Hot water laundry.

I am paranoid.
Not like the normal travelers with fears
of people and places. I have a fear.
Do I stink?

What I miss about home the most
is that nice clean feeling.
When the house is clean.
The sheets are clean and
everywhere I go is clean.
Including my body and clothes.

90 percent of me feeling clean
are my clothes. I spend a lot of time
in my bed, but I am asleep. So I cannot
remember my feelings. But when I am
awake and exploring the world.
I want to feel clean.

Lot of reasons, but my clothes have been
smelling lately. One of the biggest reasons
is when it takes to long for them to dry. Clothes
that hang on the clothes line in the open
air to NEED to dry in one day.
More and they can start to mildew.
I am in Topical Monsoon Area.
Very humid.

When the sun shines.
Everywhere like fresh flowers clothes
start to grow. Up pops clothes line and
everyone decides today is cleaning day.
A good hot sun baking does wonders
to rid your clothes of smells and
insects. Whether a bed bug, or ants.

They do not have hot water in the
bungalows. The more expensive one
have something close, but not really.
And if you pay to have your clothes
washed, that does not mean they use
hot water. And they will probably dry them
on the clothes line also.

This is the Tropics. Hot water is not
needed for showers. People take showers
in water at room temperature.

You see old western movies,
and stories of people cleaning their clothes.
The would have this big kettle of hot
water and they would be soaking their
clothes inside the kettle. Using a long
stick to stir the water.

Hot water disinfects and kills germs.
To sterilize something or to purify water
you can boil the water.

In my paranoia. I have learned how to
bring water to a near boil to wash my clothes.

I use the same heating element I use
to hear a cup of coffee.

I place it in the water.
Let it heat the water for about 5 minutes.
The water is so hot I cannot put my hand inside
the water. I than add some powdered laundry
soap. Drop in a couple of items of clothes.
Stir with anything available.

I have disinfected my clothes.
I let soak for the night, or until
the water is cold. Rinse, wring and hang up in
front of the fan.

I wash 2-3 items of clothes daily.
This is a daily chore, and I have stopped
having my clothes washed all at once.
I have found that the experience travelers almost
always do their own laundry by hand. It is less
work than paying someone and have multiple
other problems.

Andy the Hobo

Just another day in Paradise!
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Life is good.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
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