With all the modern conveniences, wringer washers really seem like a thing of the past. Not only is a wringer washer usefull for cleaning clothes, but I have heard that some people use them outdoors to wash vegetables from the garden (of course, you don't need the wringer for that!)
I am wondering who uses a wringer washer and how you like (or not like) it. Most wringers nowadays are powered by electricity, does anyone have one powered by a gasoline engine. Are there any of you who would purchase a used wringer washer if the price was right....say around $50?
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Grandma had one. We used it when her washer broke down. It was an old hand crank one in excellent shape. It disappeared before she passed away or I would have bought it at the estate sale. You couldn't run coveralls or jeans through the wringer but it would have worked wonderfully for pillows, comforters and stuffed animals.
Wash your 'good' clothes first, and drain the wash water into a laundry tub. Your work clothes can presoak in that tub. Saves water and detergent. Also, wring between wash & rinse cycle...that also saves water...less soapy water to rinse out.
I recived an brand new HE washer and given the choice I use the old ringer washer on the back porch. Time being what it is I use the new machine but I enjoy the process with the wringer washer..I got mine at auction for $5.00
I've been using my Maytag for almost 2 years now. It's set up outside, with an old wash tub alongside. I have a a big muck bucket inside the wash tub, I rinse in this (the tub is scuzzy, but I like the way it looks on the outside, so I "lined it" with the muck bucket).
I fill the washer and tub with a garden hose. I wash socks and underwear first, followed by my shirts. Rinse in the bucket by hand. Hang on the line to dry. Towels and sheets next. Nothing is really very dirty so the wash water is fine for all 3 loads. Keep in mind it's just me, so I can easily go a week or two waiting to make a full load of socks and underwear, and I will only have 2-3 towels, etc. I enjoy the process of doing laundry outside.
Sometimes I'll take jeans and work pants to the laundramat, it's so much easier.
I use the laundramat all winter. My Maytag is electric and in excellent shape. I paid $100 for it.
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I still have a maytag with the maytag gas motor, used it all the time at the off grid cabin. Uses a lot of hot water compared to our little washer/dryer combo we use here at the cottage. Fill washer and 2 rinse tubs. Do the personals, socks and shirts then drain and do the overalls. Bedding different day by themselves, then towels and then rugs. Now cold water and auto until dry, no mess no back breaking work....James
My childhood babysitter had a Maytag wringer washer that ran on electricity. It died around 1980 or so and they were able to order a new one from Montgomery Ward. I'm sure that folks thought that they were crazy but it was what they were used to using and they were getting older and didn't want to learn to use newfangled things.
Ohhhh I love them. I have three that I use (my own personal laundromat) One belonged to my Grama, one belonged to my mil and I bought one at an auction for $5.00.
I use them along with my regular washer. I'll use the reg. washer to rinse and spin and funnel the rinse water into the wringers to wash. I don't like the wringer on the washers, but I do have a manual wringer on the rinse tubs. When I only had the one wringer, one day outside I did about 10 loads of laundry but it only took me about three hours.
For drying, I hang outside whenever possible and I hang clothes on hangers and hang them on a curtain rod over the bathtub and use my 4 drying racks. I do have an electric dryer, but use it very rarely. It's outside in a shed. I would really love to have one of the small salesman samples of the wringer washer. But the one I saw for sale was about $400.00. A lot too much for me.
Ahh well, my laundry load has become much, much lighter now that it's just dh & me again.
I have used them and I *can* do it, but honestly I dont care for it.
Sure, it is fine in the medium heat part of summer, but as a sole source of clean clothes?...NO THANKS.
Especially for truly dirty (dairy cows dirty) barn clothes.
Or for washing tons of grimy kid clothes.
The wringer washer is better than a washboard and tub, but I like the fancy spin cycle on my modern style washer much better.
Hands down. No contest.
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