I’ve been asked what I do with my time all day on a boat. As noted before, even the most mundane tasks take extra time.
It had been four weeks since we last dropped our laundry off and for $31 US, we received three loads washed and air dried. So we have to weigh the benefits of cost of convenience or time at a coin operated laundry which would cost us $25 US all day, doing the same job.
We usually decide on paying someone. You ask why it costs so much? Well, these islands are surrounded by water. Salt water. Only a handful of them have any fresh water sources. Instead they have to use energy to turn salt water into drinking water. Thus the extra cost of simple washing and drying of clothes.
Finally we’ve arrived in the neighborhood to pay someone to do our laundry again, this time for $12 a load. Except, our car engine (read rubber dinghy) died and we couldn’t get our laundry to the merchant.
What to do?
Ah, the beauty of rain. Our temporarily out of commission dinghy fills up with rain water during the occasional shower. It makes for a great opportunity to wash some clothes.
Here’s a little secret about laundry on boats. We use ammonia instead of laundry detergent. The secret is that you don’t need to rinse. The ammonia cleans with a power only your grandmother or great grandmother could appreciate.
When there’s enough water in the dinghy, you gauge how many clothes you can get into the allotted water.
What are you glad you don’t have to do the old fashioned way? What do you think we should go back in time and re-create?