When I want to wash a separate article by hand or do not want to use the washer for a few black socks, etc., I use the "plumber's friend" or plunger. Just swish the plunger up and down like a washing machine. I find this is easy, fun, and my clothes come out clean.
Clever idea but I hope the plunger was sanitized first. ;-)
Good idea; I think I'll buy a new one just for this purpose. I wash some things by hand and hate keeping my hands in the water.
I don't want to be the wet blanket here but they sell the clothes plunger at the hardware store. Looks a bit like the toilet plunger but it is like a rounded square, more bubble under the 'hood' for action and there are a great number of 1/4 inch sized holes drilled around it to help with the simulated washing of a machine. First I remember them from is about the 50's. Grandma had a ringer washer and used this as a prewash!
Anyway, recently bought a new one, have it on the shelf in the laundry for those have to presoak/prewash, just like grandma did 60 years ago! Cute and blue.
Hi T&T Grandma :-) I have never seen or heard of a clothing plunger so looked up for photos of them. Here are two pictures from long, long ago (couldn't find any photos of current ones).
And this one is from the 1900's.
I also learned recently that you can use this idea for a camping washing machine, just go to your local Home depot or other hardware store, get a 5 gallon bucket with a lid, cut a hole in top, insert the plunger, add clothes, water and detergent. How great is that? Have not tried it yet but on a long camping trip, I think it would be awesome.
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