Using a Wringer Washer

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This is a great tool for laundering. We got our old (small, squarish, gray type) Maytag some twenty years ago from a friend, in exchange for the use of our van and trailer for a hauling project. It's been steadily and reliably taking care of our laundry needs ever since. As a water saver it can't be beat. You can wash two to four loads in a row in the wash water, drain, fill with fresh water, then rinse the two to four loads. It is also easy to adjust the amount of water to the size of your loads.

When we lived in the cabin it resided on the porch. We ran it with a gasoline engine Steve set up just outside the porch. A proper sized hole in the wall allowed a long v-belt to connect washer to engine. It was a nice setup, though we had to haul laundry to town in the depth of winter, when it got too cold on the unheated porch.

Now it is in place in the much better insulated porch of our house, and runs off a 12 volt motor made from a truck generator. As it runs directly off of our 12 volt battery system, powered by solar panels, the speed of the washer depends on the voltage of our batteries. So I wash when it's sunny and the batteries are charging. Which fits in well since our dryer is the sun. In the winter I run a clothesline inside the house, and since we heat with wood we much appreciate the added humidity from the drying clothes.

After much experience in replacing buttons, I came up with a technique of grabbing shirts by the shoulders and folding the buttonhole side of the front over the buttons before running, flat, through the wringer, keeping an eye as the cuffs go through to make sure hose buttons also run through flat (easier done than said).

The destruction of zippers on jeans took me longer to resolve, unfortunately. But after living with pinned up zippers for too long, I finally came up with a simple solution: zip up and button the pants before washing, then run through the wringer flat, waistband first, folding over one edge on the large sizes. The wearers of jeans in our family are much happier now that the zippers stay zipped, without pins.