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Ok well I am not quite in the middle of nowhere but things have changed a bit for me lately. We recently moved to a very small town and we have chosen to live outside of town in the woods. I am loving it but I am wondering how to cd when I don't have a washer or dryer. I usually go to the laundermat about once a month at this point and then hang my clothes on the line when I get home. When I cd at our other house I washed diapers about every 7-10 days. So I am wondering if: one, can I wash poopie dipes at the laundermat?; two, can you hang cd out to dry in the winter (it gets very cold here!)?; three, what would you do?<br><br>
I have a two year old so hanging out at the laundermat waiting for them to dry may be tough, also expensive... I want to cd again but I am not very interested in going into town to wash every week. Does that sound bad<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Anyway I would love any advice you have to give.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I feel your pain. We are in the process of moving to our cabin in the woods here in Alaska and I have been contemplating the whole cd issue as well, especially since I have a 15 mo old and one on the way at the end of Jan. Two in dipes and driving to town to wash dipes in a laundry mat? My dad took my dipes to the mat but that was the 70's. I just dont know what to do either so any advice would be good.<br><br>
I know I did not help at all much but here is a little support.<br>
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This is gonna sound so stupid but...could you keep a soaker pail with detergent & then just clean them on the stove in some hot (boiling)water & rinse them well??? You would have to use prefolds...wool covers would be perfect - you would hardly ever have to wash them unless of course for poo....<br>
What about investing in an old tub washer?? Hand cranker & all? You can always get a wooden dry rack & hang them indoors...<br>
Maybe it's just too much<br>
I'll be pondering on it.........<br>
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Yes, you can "freeze dry" clothes. Your fingers will get COLD. I recommend finding some thin gloves (I like those one-size-fits-all knit ones) to use when hanging laundry. You want something that will provide a bit of warmth without getting in the way too much.<br><br>
Is there anyway you can get a cheap washing machine for your home? When we were back in the States, I got one for $25 from a charity that refurbished old machines and sold them (that was in Des Moines, IA). Check your local paper. There were always a ton of used machines in the paper back home.<br><br>
Finally, you could check out the <a href="http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=673&iMainCat=673&iSubCat=673" target="_blank">Lehman's Catalog</a> for people-powered laundry "machines" or old fashioned wash boards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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First of all, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> to my neck of the woods! I grew up in N MN LOVE GM -- I have a painting on the Maple Hill church hanging in my house now. We probably know some of the same people, but I won't bore the others with that!<br><br>
I agree with the other poster about getting a really cheap washer. I see them in the newspaper all the time for $50 or so. It would be way better than the laundromat, in my opinion!<br><br>
Do you have the hookups at your house?
 

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What kind of dipes do you have?<br>
If you have prefolds, I would get one of those big plastic Rubbermaid kinda tubs and handwash them.<br>
Then when you go to the laundromat, take them along for a machine wash.
 

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Check out this thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=82953" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...threadid=82953</a><br><br>
We don't have washer/dryer hookups here so we bought the little washer last week and are loving it! I bought it just for the cd's when the baby comes but have been having fun washing towels and baby blankets for now. We will still go to the laundromat once every 1-2 weeks to wash clothes but this way I can wash diapers when they need it at home. I'll be line drying year round. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hang"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks for all of the advice. Unfortunately we don't have a washer and dryer hookup and our house is about 600 square feet. We would probably have to run a water line to the shed. We have talked about this but it we will have to wait for some more cash. I like the idea of a washer to hook up to the sink. I would have to weigh the costs of it though. We have a well, does that matter? (I suppose that was assumed). My son is two in November, how long until I should expect to be out of diapers? He is showing some signs of awareness that he goes potty in his diaper but definately not ready for the toilet! I have been using prefolds and bummi velcro covers. I would have to buy more prefolds and a few more covers to make it more than a week. I have never tried wool covers...are they bulky?<br><br>
Sharon- do you live in GM or did you grow up here and have moved on now? We just moved here about a month ago. Any advice on living here?<br><br>
Anna<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> good night
 
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