Last year, both Marion and Lauren wrote about SEED House's alternative laundry system realities and dreams. Last spring, the Wonder Wash, which is along the lines of the Laundry Pod that Lauren wrote about, arrived. This year's residents are the first to be trying it out and integrating its use into life at SEED.
One great benefit of the Wonder Wash, as opposed to the old laundry system, is that it can be done inside. As we head into the cold winter months, this is becoming even more exciting. We won't need to venture to Asia House in the snow, let alone go outside into our backyard.
Here's how it works:
- Put your clothes in the pod. It's better not to fill it all the way, which means more loads, but the short washing time makes up for it.
- Fill the pod with water and detergent. Then, make sure the top is closed all the way (I've personally had a few minor water spilling accidents because of not paying attention to this step).
- Hand crank it around for two minutes. This sounds much harder than it really is.
- Insert the drain attachment to drain out the soapy, dirty water.
- Add fresh water, and crank for 30 seconds to rinse the clothes.
- Drain again.
And that's it! Then, we bring our clothes to the spin dryer and the process continues as it used to (spin dry, and then hang on the line or inside on drying racks).
On the East side of the house, we don't have a greywater system in our bathroom, so we got creative and figured out how to make our laundry system save us even more water. Without needing to alter any plumbing, we have a simple way to flush our toilet with greywater. We drain our Wonder Wash and spin dryer into buckets, and then bring those buckets upstairs to the bathroom, where we pour the greywater into the toilet tank when we flush. It's killing two birds with one stone!