Every summer we go on an extended road trip, dragging .e (Dottie) along behind us, stopping off at some scenic state and national parks. The first year it was 2-weeks in the Redwoods and along the Oregon Coast. We spent the weekend with family in the Bay Area, so I was able to do some laundry at their house. The second year was 2-weeks in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. We spent an afternoon and a good deal of money at the laundromats at one of the campgrounds.
This year a light bulb went off in my sometimes dim head.
May I present my new washer and dryer set!
That’s right! Put dirty laundry in the bucket with some detergent and water, seal the lid, and go for a drive. When you get to your destination, empty the water, rinse the clothes well, and hang them on your handy-dandy clothes line that is strung between two trees (or other non-movable objects)!
I am super stoked!
The idea is that the vibration and jostling of the car agitates the clothes during the drive, which cleans them just like your washer at home. A friend said John Steinbeck talks about this very idea in his book “Travels With Charlie“.
As you can see, it was quite easy to make. We got a “Homer Bucket” from the big “Orange Toystore”, picked up a screw top lid from Tap Plastics, and put the two together. All I needed for my solar powered clothes dryer was a rope and standard clothes pins. My husband thought the standard Homer lid was too hard to get on and off all of the time (without me using a crow bar), and this water tight screw top lid for the bucket is just so easy. In all, I think we invested roughly $25 for everything (give or take). If it doesn’t work, I have a great new bucket to keep chicken feed in and who doesn’t need rope and clothespins.
I will be giving it a test run this summer on a 3-week trip through the Southwest. Temps should be high enough to dry our clothes in about 3-minutes flat! I will give you an update upon our return.
Let’s do this, indeed!