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Old 06-21-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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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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Old 06-21-2011, 05:05 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.)
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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Well I was thinking about the electric motor kind. I don't know much about them except my grandma owned one and I never witnessed anybody using one. You can use the washwater over and over until its too dirty I suppose. Just an idea that came to me after reading and posting on another thread about dryers and clotheslines. Seems like a smart green idea which I am big on.(green ideas that is).

Myself, I don't like doing laundry much. When I was single I dropped off my clothes at the wash and fold place where you could pick them up all clean and pressed.

But the waterr savings would be trememdous on these rascals. I'm thinking green here.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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How is this water "saved?"

It is all just Gray Water, and is suitable for numerous Gray Water applications.

The water end of this is making less sense every day.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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How is this water "saved?"

It is all just Gray Water, and is suitable for numerous Gray Water applications.

The water end of this is making less sense every day.
Because with this machine you can wash a load, wring it and drop into a rinse water tub, then put a new load into the same wash water and start the process all over again.

Some clothes aren't very dirty and consecutive loads in the same wash water won't hurt the cleanliness. If the suds are disappearing you just add more detergent. Wringer machines, unlike automatics, don't clog up from too much detergent.

So that is how this washing gets accomplished. It worked for years and years with millions of people. Why wouldn't it work today? Oh, I forgot-the microwave generation must have it yesterday!
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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Instead of putting the used washing machine water back in the washer pump it to the shower.... that way you'll also save on the cost of using the water heater and buying soap

I remember those wringers... and so does my fingers....

An electric one? That to me is a scary image.

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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My Grandmother used one from the forties (or maybe early fifties) on up through the eighties. When I say she used one, I mean one, the same one. She would not allow an automatic to be brought in, and had no interest in a dryer. She had the electric type. I remember helping her with laundry and that machine. When I was little, she would let me catch the clothes on the output side of the wringer, but never to load them in, which I always thought would be the more fun side.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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I would think it would be really hard on your clothes though?
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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I remember my brother getting his hand broken at my Ninnys house because he was trying to help her do laundry with one of those things . I think she threw it away after that cause she felt bad about my brother and felt like it was her fault . Those things are dangerous and that is probably why folks dont use them anymore .
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Those things are dangerous and that is probably why folks dont use them anymore .
They were dangerous when people became inattentive when using them...

Instead could it be they are not used because 99% of the population no longer have the dedicated time it takes?
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