Boulder City Magazine® June 2006 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
Let's Talk Laundry
Laundry is always a problem on a trip, right? I’m not talking rinsing out a few undies here. That’s usually pretty do-able. What I want to talk to you about are those outer garments that begin to stand up on their own, and possibly compel your fellow travelers to ‘kindly’ offer you the one single seat on the bus.
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|We’ve all been there. Granted, being cooped up together 24/7 for days on end might be a legitimate reason for this ostracism. However, at some point one must ponder whether it is, indeed, polite social interaction, or the aroma emanating from those garments getting riper and riper as each day passes, that is condemning us to isolation. I’ve run across this problem a time or two (both the giving and receiving end). Recently I have learned of a trick that might help to bring us back into the fold when it happens.
Although some travel options, such as most cruises, have laundry facilities, sometimes it’s just not possible, and if you find yourself in one of these circumstances, or just don’t want to break the bank on laundry bills, here’s an option.
Take a shower and stomp your laundry. Yes, that’s right, just take those offenders into the shower with you, put them on the floor, slather them with shampoo, and start stompin’. By the time you’ve finished cleansing yourself, the laundry is done, and you can rinse the garment(s) out along with yourself. That’s it. Clean again.
Now there’s the problem of drying the puppies. Here’s a tip for that. Wring them out as best you can, take your towel, lay it on the bathroom floor, flatten the garment neatly onto the towel, and roll them up together. Now start stomping again. Walk on that towel, back and forth; turn it over and do it again. You’re drawing the moisture into the towel. Now when you hang it up, you have a far better chance of it being dry by morning. If you can, use a separate towel for each garment. Hint: This works in facilitating the drying process for those rinsed-out undies, too.
Find details, and more on this subject at www.driftersister.com.
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