Tuesday, April 25, 2017
How to do your laundry while traveling in an RV.
When we were traveling full-time, a question that we heard a lot was "How do you laundry living in an RV/travel trailer/5th wheel/etc?!?" So I thought I'd take a few minutes to make a blog post about this simple, yet curious, question lol.
The short answer is, you do it the same way you'd do it in a house. If you're traveling, your RV/travel trailer/5th wheel/etc is your HOME, right? So do it however you'd do it at home, lol. If you have power hookups or enough solar power/generator/etc and room for a tiny washing machine like THIS (click the photo to view item description, price, etc):
Simply purchase and use it like a regular sized washing machine.
If you do NOT have the room and/or enough power supply for an electric washing machine, well, how would you do it if you were living in a HOUSE with no washing machine? Let's briefly discuss our options here...
1. A laundromat. Personally I hate going to the laundromat, so this is a last resort for me. Others, however, do not mind it at all. Depending on the area you're staying in, the condition of the washers and dryers, and the amount of laundry you have- this option can get expensive fairly quickly.
2. A tiny foot pedal washing machine like THIS.
3. A washboard like THIS or THIS.
4. A mobile hand-powered washer (otherwise known as a laundry plunger) like THIS or THIS.
Then simply hang your laundry to dry on a line (tied from tree to tree, tied on your awning, etc) or on a drying rack like THIS:
As for WHERE to do the laundry (using the washboard or laundry plunger) you can use your bath tub, a 5 gallon bucket, a tote, or if all else fails- the river/creek/etc.
Some people over-complicate things...it's a really simply task that isn't that big of a deal. As long as you use a good detergent, rinse well, use clothes-pins so the laundry doesn't blow away while hanging outside to dry, and do your laundry often (so you do not have a massive amount to do all at once) it's honestly not bad at all. =)
I hope this information was helpful for those who are considering going on the road, planning a long camping trip, or just those who are curious about live on the road. Please share this post with anyone you think may find value in it. Thanks so much!
Until next time,