I don't live off the grid or in the country - although I aspire to both - but am doing my best to limit our reliance on the grid while still living in the city. I'm actually considering getting a washboard because I've heard/read that when it comes to dirty clothes it's still by far the best way to get them clean.
I have no idea where to post this, but thought it might be possible that someone here may be able to give me some advice. I'm figuring that I can use my utility sink to wash the clothes in since it's deep and has a drain, but had considered getting a galvinized tub because I could then do it outside and reuse the grey water. Thoughts?
I'm considering a couple of different brands. I had thought about getting one from Lehman's
or the Columbus Washboard Company
. I'm figuring if I go with the Columbus Washboard Company I'll want to get one of their Family Size ones, but wasn't sure about washing surface. Of the choices (glass, tin, brass, or galvinized) which would be the sturdiest and longest lasting?
I've also read some good things about one of the boards made by the National Washboard Company (Silver King Top Notch), but as far as I could tell while searching they don't appear to still be in business. I know I can probably find a used one on Ebay, but am not sure about condition issues since I'm actually planning on using it.
I figured then I'd probably just use my washer to spin the water out once they've been rinsed. I have a feeling it sounds like a lot of work, but I can't afford a new washing machine and have tried a number of different detergents (natural and otherwise) and still have a few items of clothing that just don't get as clean as I'd like them to.
I have a feeling I'm a bit of an odd duck when it comes to this issue, but I thought I'd give it a shot.
ETA: I got to thinking that the washboard I bought at an antique store for decoration in my kitchen might actually be a one from the National Washboard Company and it is!
I really like it hanging on my wall, but I suppose I could use it? It's not very sturdy, though and has a glass scrubbing surface. I've felt it and tbh it doesn't seem like it'd be all that great at getting clothes clean.