Do you know how many times you have to squeeze the soap out of a
t-shirt, underwear and socks when you handwash them in the sink?
In the 1980s, I saw a TV commercial saying that soap can be in your
clothes if you wash them, so I have accidentally flooded my apartment
20-something times over the years and my neighbor's apartment below me
due to letting water in sinks run over my clothes when I'm in another
The thought of there being dried soap in clothes I'm wearing creeps me
out. Soap in the clothes could also mean the clothes are still dirty
because the soap could be dirty?
There is no such thing as perfectly clean clothes or anything else
that is exposed to the air. Washing just makes them cleaner than
before. Use just enough soap in your wash to make the water
slippery, no more and no less. Small cold water rinses are more
effective than one big rinse. These tips will get your clothes
cleaner and at a lower cost. Recently I hand-washed a baseball cap in
the sink--I spent more time rinsing than washing.
Thank you. Do you know approximately how many times to ring a size
large T-shirt and how long to spend doing (as long as minute perhaps?)?
And can you deduce by touch or sight whether enough soap has been rung
and washed out?
Do you mean a manual spin drier? The building I live in doesn't allow
electric driers. If I got one, they'd find out because I live on the
second floor and they'd see the hose if I stuck it out the window. I
don't have room for an electric one. I could keep it in my closet, but
it would be in the way.
The rinsing depends on the size and type of fabric. I continue the
soak, agitate, rinse cycle until the water is free from soap bubbles
and clear. For a shirt this may take 10 minutes, perhaps 4-6 cycles
of soaking, agitating, and wringing. White vinegar (<1/4 c.) in the
last rinse will help.
I didn't know it was so hard to get most of the soap out. I spent a
long time doing it just to play it safe and because I was being
nuerotic. I've flooded my neighbor below me more than I thought when I
first posted because I hung clothes over a laundry bar and ran my
shower over it and water seeped through the tiles and my super kept
telling me that she complained and to caulk my shower walls.
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