dirty clothes, dirty washer

The next thing demanding our attention was the growing pile of dirty laundry.  2014-01-04-DSC_4759First, we took our laundry to have it washed at the “laundry service”.  While, it only cost $7.50 per kilo of laundry, we did the math and realized that in the long run it would be cheaper to buy a washing machine and do our own laundry at home.2014-01-04-IMG_4231There was an “antique” Hitachi washer in the outside ‘squatty’ bathroom, but we were told it was manual and had to be washed and spun by hand.  We took a peek and saw that it was in fact, a twin tub washer.  We’ve had a twin tub before and knew that although they are more work than an automatic, they are not quite manual.   We had told ourselves that we would never buy one again, but this one was free and they do get the job done.  2014-01-04-IMG_4234The first thing we saw was the dirt.  The lid was missing, and the machine looked to have been neglected for a few years.  But that didn’t stop us.

2014-01-04-IMG_4233We started scrubbing and spraying, trying our best to get it to a somewhat cleaner state.  We found an old toothbrush lying around, which we put to good use.2014-01-04-IMG_4232We eventually decided it was good enough and declared it clean.  In reality, we couldn’t seem to get the rest of the dirt off.  We figured if we couldn’t scrub it off it probably wouldn’t get on our clothes when we washed them.  The next day, I did my first load while Ryan was at work, only to discover that the spinner didn’t work!  Oops, I guess we should’ve tested that out before we spent a few hours cleaning it up.  Thankfully, my mechanically minded husband was able to fix it in only a few minutes, by taking the back of the machine and discovering that the lid safety switch was loose and wasn’t allowing it to engage…. or something like that.

2014-01-04-DSC_5396So, back it went, to it’s corner in the squatty toilet bathroom, ready to roll.

2014-01-04-DSC_3810We were able to start doing our own laundry!  After being gloomy, cloudy and cold for a few days the sun finally showed its face and dried the laundry in just a couple of hours.2014-01-04-DSC_3806Meanwhile, the girls have begun discovering their love for the outdoors.  This is the first yard we’ve had in years.  Here they are watching Mr. Snail leave his slimy trails behind.

2014-01-04-P1340835-LargeHave you ever had any challenging laundry situations at home or traveling?  What’s your laundry routine like?