But it is something we all have to deal with and not everybody around the world has a washer and dryer in their house. We don't!
And of course when we're traveling in the motorhome, we've never had a washer and dryer. But you have to get some clean clothes, so somehow you find a way...
In fact, we have never owned a clothes dryer. Even when we had our house and a "normal" lifestyle, Ruth hung the clothes to dry. Clothes dryers are expensive to buy and they suck up electricity. We simply never saw the point of owning one. Interestingly, clothes will dry on their own without a clothes dryer! Who would have thought?!
Did you know that it is only in Canada and the U.S. where some communities have laws against hanging your laundry outside? That's pretty bold isn't it? Imagine telling your neighbor that they're simply not allowed to hang their laundry outside. There are far too many rules in Canada and the U.S..
We don't have a washer or drier here in our cabin, but there is one of each in the back of the restaurant building. Even though there is a drier and it wouldn't cost us anything to use it, one of the first things I did when we got here was to install a clothes line.
The clothesline I installed running between our cabin and the shed.
So, when we're traveling in the motorhome, it's not always easy to find a place to do your laundry. Usually we stop at a small town laundromat in the U.S. or Canada, and in Mexico we can find a "lavandaria" where you drop off your clothes and they wash, dry, and fold it for you. But sometimes, you have to find ways to do it yourself...
Doing the laundry by hand at the Kadekaman Hotel and campground in Vizcaino, Baja California, Mexico. December 19, 2007.
Doing the laundry in the the Rio Colotepec in Barra Colotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. February 22, 2009.
A lot of people do their laundry in the river!
These women in the western highlands of Guatemala use whatever water they can find to do their laundry. Amazingly, their clothes are so white and bright. And I bet they don't use Tide!
Now, here's an idea to build your own washing machine. This is a simple, great idea for anyone traveling in an RV. We're going to build one for Sherman!
Thanks to readers Barry and Jeannie for sending along that great idea to us!
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