Modern Inconveniences

@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
November 17, 2015 1:32pm CST
It’s been a trying week. I’ve had to survive without a washing machine! We have so many gadgets nowadays. When I was a kid, my mother certainly didn’t have a washing machine. Saturdays were always a riot, with washing all over the place. However, she did have a mangle! I’ve come to the conclusion that the worst thing about not having a washing machine is not having to wash by hand – it’s having to dry the wretched clothes afterwards. You can’t put dripping wet clothes into a tumble dryer. Fortunately, we hadn’t got rid of our clothes rack, and we do have two bathrooms. Result – a bath containing a rack of dripping socks, underpants, shirts, bras, T-shirts – you name it, there it was! All dripping on to each other, too. The dehumidifier helped – eventually. Then, when they were partially dry, we had all the bother of carrying them down to the utility room to place them in the tumble dryer. Oh, well – a new washing machine was delivered today, and is busily humming away, doing what it’s meant to. So, my question is: Which labour-saving device gives rise to the greatest amount of labour when it goes on strike? In other words, which device would you least rather lose?
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Nov 15
I have washed clothes in the bath tub, in the wringer washer and run them through a wringer, and I have put them out on the line in December and watched them freeze solid. I have to say that I would wash them all by hand in the tub if I had a way to wring them out, but the wringer costs nearly $200. I am not sure I would save $200 in electricity but doing things by hand.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
18 Nov 15
We certainly managed comfortably for many years when we were first married washing clothes in the bathtub and then spin-drying them. It's difficult to get hold of spin dryers or mangles these days, though!
• Ireland
18 Nov 15
@Vivenda Spin driers were great. I think the RPM of the drum was higher than it is on modern washing machines.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Nov 15
@EugenesDDen @Vivenda Now that you mention it, I think I have seen spin dryers for less money than the mangles. It's days like these that make me wish I had that old wringer washer that we bought at a yard sale.
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• Ireland
18 Nov 15
Probably the microwave. Its great for heating up soup, cooking vegetables, thawing stuff etc, and very economical. The alternative is having to waste time and energy boiling saucepans of water, which also produces lots of steam and condensation.
@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
18 Nov 15
I certainly wouldn't be without my microwave! However, if it came to a choice between microwave and washing machine, I'd go for washing machine every time. Provided that I had an alternative means of cooking, of course!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Nov 15
I have to say not having a washing machine is the worst. We have had to be without one before and I hated every minute of it so much!
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
18 Nov 15
Yes, I think being without a washing machine is my most extreme household nightmare, and even worse when the kids were small!
@sharon6345 (125822)
• United States
17 Nov 15
I am wondering why you did not ring those clothes out. I just bought a washer that does not have a spin cycle. So,I had to wring everything and they must be hung dry. I love my little washer even though I need to ring the clothes out with my hand..
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
18 Nov 15
I do wring them out, but unfortunately I don't have very strong wrists! It goes slightly better when I get Rik to do it for me - but still not very well!
@MALUSE (40182)
• Germany
17 Nov 15
The gas stove. I can't imagine cooking in the garden over an open fire, especially not in winter.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
18 Nov 15
I must admit, that's a consideration. We had a short interuption to our electricity supply a few weeks ago, and I realised that, since we've had our new kitchen put in, we have to alternative to electricity for cooking. Before, our hob was half gas, half electric. A mistake? Perhaps...