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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• 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.
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.
• 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..
• 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...