There are many reasons why one might want to do their laundry by means of the bathtub style. It could be because you want to help the environment and use human energy as opposed to electricity, it could be that you are going through a rough patch with money, or because you're on the road and need clean clothes. For whatever reason, here's the best way to do it.
Step 1: What you Need
- A large bucket or pail of some sort (I recommend those blue storage boxes)
**You can always use your tub as the bucket, but I wouldn't advise it, as you end up wasting more water than a regular washing machine, and generally get the clothing less clean**
- A rope/ wire/ anything you can dry your clothing on
- Whatever soap you wish to use
**In a pinch for soap, many have suggested to use 2-3 tablespoons of baking powder in the spin cycle (Step 3) and then 4-6 tablespoons vinegar in the first rinse cycle (Step 4)**
- Fabric softener (optional)
Step 2: The Presoak
- Put however much soap you believe is required for your load of clothing (I usually use only 1/2 of what I would use in a machine load) inside your bucket
- Fill your bucket with water to about the halfway mark
- Mix the water and soap with your hands until the soap is completely dissolved
- Put however much clothing you are going to clean into the bucket
- Add more water until it is at the brim of your bucket
- Leave for at least 15 minutes
Step 3: Stomping Time
**Make sure your bucket is somewhere where water damage is unlikely, and/ or is easily cleanable (which is why this is mostly done in a bathtub)**
After the 15 minute pre-soak...
- Get your feet into the bucket and start stomping!
- After thoroughly flattening one side of the clothing, move it around with your feet until the clothing is uneven again, and continue stomping
- Continue doing this for ten minutes
**For particularly thick or soiled clothing, many have suggested to do those items separately with a plunger**