Laundry and stuff

January 30, 2014

The vinegar did not help the musty smell of some of my dish clothes and towels. I was very impressed how well the vinegar worked as a fabric softener so I thought I would try out a couple of ideas for laundry.  I’m trying out Marilyn’s suggestion using a borax soak for my whites/cotton towels and washcloths. I used a bit of hot water for this test as I normal wash in cold water. This gives the test the best shot of working.

I’m also doing a test of how well my clothes dry by the wood stove.  I don’t  normally use a lot of stuff for the laundry other than soap and cold water to wash my clothes. I’m not against clean, fresh smelling clothes but costs are a factor and many of the chemical fabric softeners and fabric treatment tend to be either hard on fabrics, the environment or both.  I’m a conservationist not an environmentalist. I figure we all should do the best we can using resources wisely as it saves money and it means our future generations have something to use to stay alive!

I was a bit stunned by how much electrical energy I saved by flipping the circuit breaker of my hot water tank and by not using the dryer during my five day no tap water test.  I know those appliances are energy hogs but it was staggering to see how much they cost to run. I figure those appliance are at least 20% or higher of my total electric bill.   If I can have nice fresh smelling, clean and comfy clothing while drying my clothes indoors during the winter I will do the work to make that happen!  Plus if you want to go with solar energy as you primary energy source. Reducing your total electric use is a big part of making a good transition.

The drying the clothes by the wood stove worked out great and went much faster than I thought it would take for dry clothes. The vinegar fabric softener made the clothes almost as soft as going through the dryer. Using the dryer on no heat tumble dry would finish up the clothes nicely. I’ll keep an eye out for another folding drying rack and clothes line setup for the future.

I was playing with the TV and wondered why I did not pick up more of the local digital channels. It helps the antenna work better if you actually plug it into the TV! The TV now picks up over 20 local channels using a small indoor antenna. So between the Roku box, DVDs  and antenna I have a very good selection of TV entertainment and I’m not missing the dish sat. at all, especially the monthly bill! I’m surprised that I still find ways to save a little money.  Though I tend to buy equipment and have to look at a longer term payback for my savings.