How to Wash Your Clothing if you Live in Haiti

AngelBean By AngelBean, 5th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/q-js-94m/
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Washing your clothing in Haiti is a more involved process than in the USA but is necessary to know if you are planning to go over there to help out with the famine.The act of washing clothes is a great female bonding time for communication and friendship among the women.

Washing your clothing in Haiti is a more involved process than in the USA.

Washing your clothing in Haiti is a more involved process than in the USA but is necessary to know if you are planning to go over there to help out with the famine.
The act of washing clothes is a great female bonding time for communication and friendship among the women.

Instructions
Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:
Laundry soap
A river
Plastic storage containers or bins that can hold water
A clothesline
Clothesline pins
A washboard (optional)
Laundry baskets
The sun
Patience
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Step One


The first way to wash your clothing is to go with the women to the river. River is pronounced RYE-VER by Haitians just so you know.

Step Two

Take your clothing and wet them in the river one by one. Then put a little laundry soap on the wet clothing and either scrub the clothing on a washboard or just swirl the clothing in the water to agitate the clothing in the water. This moves the soap around so that the clothing’s stains and oils can come through.

Step Three


Rinse the clothing so that no traces of soap remain.

Step Four


Hang the clothing up on a clothesline that is right by the river bed.

Step Five


Go home and come back later in the day when your clothing is dry. Or, stay there at riverside talking and chatting with the other women who came to do their laundry that day also.

Step Six

Go back after a few hours and fold your dry laundry into baskets.

Step Seven


Take your laundry baskets home.

Step Eight


Put your clothing away at home and you are done.

Step Nine


The other way to wash your clothing in Haiti is by using plastic containers. What you do is you go outside and put a half a load of clothing into a plastic container and put the water and the laundry soap in there.

Step Ten


Now you want to move the containers around so that you can put the maximum amount of containers outside in the sun and leave them out there all day long.
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Step Eleven


Wait for the sun to boil the water and the laundry soap together and super clean the clothing.
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Step Twelve


After the sun has set, go outside and take two containers of clothes, water and soap and put both of them into the washing machine. Set the wash cycle to what the material and temperature demands and wash normally. The clothing should be very clean.

Tips & Warnings

The second method works best if you are washing all white clothing as the sun has bleaching qualities as well.
If you are in an area that has high levels of mosquitoes you may want to think twice about using the second method.

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Comments

author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Dec 2010 (#)

interesting information, but the way you have it written is confusing.
You mention 2 methods but continue with step numbers for one method even though you switch to another method.
You may want to EDIT>

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