thunderstorms & laundry.

Being out in the middle of an open field is amazing. We can see clouds for miles (or so it seems) and breathe. It’s crazy how sheltered we are from the outdoors in the city and suburbs. I am definitely enjoying this rural-ish life. Can’t wait to be in the hills of Kentucky!

Speaking of clouds, we’ve seen a lot of storms lately. Heavy buckets of rain and high-speed winds have rocked this little home. Fortunately, we’ve been fine. Nothing blown away. Nothing flooded. No power outages. Just crazy storms. The only damage we discovered was a little bit of floor covering under the pop-out peeling off a bit.  Nothing that can’t be fixed. I’m grateful that our little home is standing strong and that we’re able to discover these things and strengthen them now before we’re down in Kentucky.

I also tried doing our laundry with our WonderWash and spin dryer. I’ve had the WonderWash for years and had no problem doing light laundry in our apartment bathrooms. Clothes were hung up to dry on a drying rack in the tub and all was fine. This time, it was different.

A full load of dirty, heavy laundry takes a very long time outside with the WonderWash. Doing a couple shirts and socks is fine, but after cranking one small load, rinsing it under the hose, holding down the dryer while it spins and shakes, hanging up the clothes on a little drying rack, watching the drying rack topple over, picking the newly cleaned clothes off the ground, and staring at a huge pile of grease-stained jeans left to be washed is… exhausting. It also made me feel incredibly lazy. How can I give up after trying one small load of laundry by hand when my ancestors and other people worked so much harder than me on washing clothes!?? But… I gave up. I thought about doing laundry indoors on a cold or rainy day (eek!), decided to let go of the little laundry devices, and headed to the laundromat. Clothes were washed and dried within an hour. I was happy. Laundromats and I will become friends.

As for the WonderWash and spin dryer: we’re putting them up for sale. Someone else can love them (let me know if you’re interested). I’m a bit relieved to get rid of them, actually. They took up all the precious storage space in our back closet and it’s good to have that space back to store other things. Whew.

Otherwise, life is dandy. We still have things to fix and deal with, but taking it one day at a time. I’ve also discovered a fiber arts studio nearby and picked up needle felting! I brought some dear friends here a few days ago and we had a blast poking wool with needles until they became flowers and butterflies! 

Ahhh…..

The Joys Of A Wonder Wash!

During my research for tiny house living, I searched for alternatives to laundry, especially in a small space. I found compact washer/dryer combos, hand washing in the sink or tub, and going to the local laundromat to be a few of the options.  The one thing that really grabbed my attention was the Wonder Wash — a portable hand-cranking washing machine!

According to Laundry Alternative, the Wonder Wash is 12″ x 12″ x 16″ and sits comfortably on a countertop. It can hold approximately 7 dress shirts or 10 T-shirts or 30 pairs of socks or 2-3 pairs of blue jeans. So for me, it can wash about a week’s worth of clothes. Sounds perfect.

My husband and I figured this would be a good investment and put it on our wedding registry wish list. Someone gifted us the funds for one and we decided to order it earlier this week instead of waiting for the house to be built. We are tired of paying dollars a load, hauling laundry up a few flights of stairs, and waiting a couple weeks until ‘laundry day’ before we can wear certain clothes.

It arrived less than a week after we ordered it! Last Saturday afternoon, we tore the box open, assembled it, and did a small load of whites in the kitchen. The whites only required half the space within the Wonder Wash and took less than two minutes of hand-cranking to wash it. Once it was washed, we put it through a rinse cycle, and then hung the clothes up to dry in the shower.

We love it.

We have a second bathroom that we rarely use so we moved the Wonder Wash in there, hung up a curtain rod in the shower/tub for hanging clothes (credit to my ingenious husband), put the laundry detergent on the counter, and designated it as the new laundry room. My husband did another load.

When we move to tiny house, we can use this indoors or outdoors (especially in the warmer months). Our main concern is that the Wonder Wash won’t be good for washing sheets and heavier articles of clothing; however, those types of things are washed less frequently than regular clothes and will be worth the trip to a neighbor’s for a load. We also pray the handle doesn’t break. I’m not sure how long the plastic crank will last after being used often.

Do you have any experience using the Wonder Wash or some alternate form of laundry in a tiny house/small space/on a budget? I’d love to hear it!