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Old 06-22-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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I would think it would be really hard on your clothes though?
Yes. They were very hard on your clothes. And a LOT of women were injured. We're talking mangled hands and arms.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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You have to REALLY want to use one.

The crank type are very hard to use. (Takes a lot of strength and it's tiring.) And when they were common a lot of women were injured by getting their hands caught in the wringers. My mother had one when I was small and my grandmother had one I used as an adult. Three generations of women who hate them.

(That sound you heard was my grandmother slapping you upside the head.)
Tell Granny to take it easy on me
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Itinerant
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Instead could it be they are not used because 99% of the population no longer have the dedicated time it takes?
Why do they not have the time? Is it because they're sitting in front of the goggle box watching "America's got talent", or texting one another, or playing games of facebook, or driving to Starbucks for their triple non-fat latte 185 with whip a shot of vanilla, and a shot of hazelnut, or any of a million other time-wasting activities that are completely unproductive?

In the 1940's during WW2 using a wringer was the most common way of getting the majority of bulk water out of clothes, and it's not like the female population (who at the time traditionally did the laundry) weren't tied up with other responsibilities, like making farming, munitions, vehicles, aircraft, raising children, buying groceries, etc. How did they manage it without many of the other additional labor saving devices we have today?

Doesn't it seem strange that we have "less time", but more labor saving devices...?

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Yes. They were very hard on your clothes. And a LOT of women were injured. We're talking mangled hands and arms.
They're no more hard on your clothes than a 1600+ rpm spin dryer, if the clothing going through the mangle isn't slipping, then there's minimal abrasion, stretching or warping. There's likely more of those things happening in the spin dryer getting up to speed than there is on a wringer, unless there's only one thing in the spinner.

"Mangling" wasn't normally with the manual wringers, with the steam/electrically powered wringers from the turn of the century yes, but not normally from domestic wringers (until electrical power and motors became cheap enough). Of course real experienced practitioners (like my Gran) used a stick to get things into the wringer, saved on her fingers. It's a bit like wearing a crash helmet when you're riding a motorcycle, or ear muffs in loud environments.

Incidentally they're still in use in certain hotels and/or big commercial laundries since they're normally faster at removing the bulk water than spin drying; then there are wringers with steam rollers for pressing. Seems interesting that something so apparently useless (in the opinion of many in this thread) is still in use almost 160 years after its invention, and certainly 80 or so years after it's apparent obsolescence.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Why do they not have the time? Is it because they're sitting in front of the goggle box watching "America's got talent", or texting one another, or playing games of facebook, or driving to Starbucks for their triple non-fat latte 185 with whip a shot of vanilla, and a shot of hazelnut, or any of a million other time-wasting activities that are completely unproductive?
No,

~ it's because they take their kids to sports or after school events.

~ It's because they take the time and repair things that are broken.

~ It's because they get spend their leisure time in community or church events.

~ It's because they have to work two jobs.

~ It's because there are more worthwhile/important things to do in life today than individually wring the families clothes out and hang them on a line after getting home from work.

Why do you have this attitude? Because your friends live that style of life and you're jealous?

I'm amazed with your attitude you spend time-wasting activities like reading C-D which is completely unproductive.....
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Use the same wash water twice? Hello????

Not for me, thank you. All the dirt which came out of the first load of clothes is right there when you put the second load in. Not for me, thank you.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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No,

~ it's because they take their kids to sports or after school events.

~ It's because they take the time and repair things that are broken.

~ It's because they get spend their leisure time in community or church events.

~ It's because they have to work two jobs.

~ It's because there are more worthwhile/important things to do in life today than individually wring the families clothes out and hang them on a line after getting home from work.

Why do you have this attitude? Because your friends live that style of life and you're jealous?

I'm amazed with your attitude you spend time-wasting activities like reading C-D which is completely unproductive.....
Everyone has their own needs and ideas. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for me. I prefer my home life over the outside world. So do many others. We aren't boring or loners, we just like it that way. I get enough stimulation at work, I don't need anymore. So if some would like to try this then I say go for it.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Not for me, thank you. All the dirt which came out of the first load of clothes is right there when you put the second load in. Not for me, thank you.
Unless the water is really dirty, no. Detergents hold dirt away from the clothes; anti-surfactants I believe it is called.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:22 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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What do yall think about using a Maytag wringer washer instead of the automatic? You can re-use the wash water, and can rinse everything in the same rinse water until it gets too sudsy. I personally think it is the way to go although I have never used one nor has my wife.

I doubt we will ever do this because of time constraints, but it might not be so bad at a lakehouse or cabin. It would be a greener way to do laundry.
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We use a whirlpool gas clothes dryer and do not hang out. I think we are wasting the summer sun by not using a line, but wife won't hear of it. I would hang out in summer spring and fall (weather permitting) and use dryer on the lousy days in winter. But I don't do the laundry here at home. Maybe sonebody could tell me what dries well on the line and what dries better in a dryer.
I think your wife should hang your dirty clothing on the clothesline to air it out, then put them back in your dresser. My kids use towels once. I just dry them out, refold and put them in their rooms to use again. Much better, IMO, than washing them in old wash water.

I only wash clothing that need it. Who would want to wash clothes in dirty wash water?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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Everyone has their own needs and ideas. What works for you doesn't necessarily work for me. I prefer my home life over the outside world. So do many others. We aren't boring or loners, we just like it that way. I get enough stimulation at work, I don't need anymore. So if some would like to try this then I say go for it.
You do realize that what you proposing people try might be illegal in some municipalities, right?

Gray water usage is regulated in most of the United States....
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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You do realize that what you proposing people try might be illegal in some municipalities, right?

Gray water usage is regulated in most of the United States....
How so? Have you ever heard of bathing 2 kids in the same bathwater? Same thing.

By the way-this is mostly a suggestion. Trying to brainstorm for water and energy saving ways. Of course it is not for everybody but it could work for some. that is the trouble today-people want to save resources but unfortunately don't want to sacrifice anything. Nada. Nothing.
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