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washing your clothes

hello all i am about to pass on a tip that was given to me in the 70/s get a plastic box with a lid that seals my one come from mums tuppaware.
then get your clothes and put them in to the box.
half fill with water and a bit of liquid soap (i use washing up liquid) then put the lid on and strap to the bike i put my one on the rack at the back.
now heres the good bit leave it there all day and when you stop for the night just rinse off the clothes.
all the bouncing about all day gets them well clean


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Fantastic, thanks for the idea. The difference between you and me is you have acted I just think. All the best and thanks again.
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Washing machine

Hi Guys,

The best is a marine flares container. Heavy duty plastic, with a large diameter screw on lid. They're about 200mm square and 300mm tall so will pack well in a vehicle (or strap it on the roofrack so that the water heats up on a sunny day.

Anchor Supplies were selling them for a few quid. Check the rubber sealing ring is in good condition.
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Wide mouth 32oz Nalgene bottles work well too.

They can be used as a water container on day hikes and for holding hot water to add warmth to a sleeping bag on a cold night.

daryl
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can also use a waterproof dry bag, make sure there is some air trapped in with the water, clothes and soap, then tuck under a strap and jiggle away..... using a dry bag means it packs away to nothing, and my clothes are kept in these anyway, one for clean, one for dirty.

Don't forget you can use your vehicle as a washing line..

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Another idea.

For the totally independent, the lid of the Coleman stove makes a good washing vessel. But when you are forced to civilised habitation and the cunning hotel proprietor only gives Ya a cold tap on the sink and no plug,Why worry! There is the waste bin alternative, excellent for the larger items. I have noticed that some Hoteliers are get'in too smart, and the bin is a wire basket,and that makes it all too much trouble, but the desperate could line it with a bag.Another tip for the terminally frugal is to buy washing powder, often sold in a plastic bag and transfer it to a plastic drink bottle once opened. Also ,another cunning trick to despise the smart proprietor of washing deprivation, the lemonade bottle top will often plug a sink with an odd sized waste trap. wrap a plastic bag around if the fit is not too good But be careful, I have had occasions where the sink detaches it's self from the wall !!
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I do the same but with an exped dry bag. I also have a mesh bag for drying clothes on the go too!
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Hi Guys n Gals,

and here's a young Dazza, back in 2004, with his patented washing system, consisting of a plastic sweet jar, some warm water and a bit of washing soap.

Fasten to the bike and rinse at the destination.

It worked a treat.



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we still have that in our fitted Kitchen

Hi Reggie...Leigh just noticed I still have the same cloths aswell !!!!!!
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This Could be that latest bolt on from Tourawash
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Don't forget to add a few drops (drips) of bleach to the final rinse... kills the bacteria that cause that "certain aroma"

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Does this 'strap to your bike' only works for offroad?
Does the washing soap has to be liquid or is powder also good?
What do you mean by rinse?

I also read somewhere that u can use a small rollbag, maybe also an option.
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Does this 'strap to your bike' only works for offroad?
Does the washing soap has to be liquid or is powder also good?
What do you mean by rinse?

I also read somewhere that u can use a small rollbag, maybe also an option.
On or off , your clothes will be clean by night fall
For sure the roll bag is the best option in my opinion, packs down really small when finished your washing cycle:thumbup1

What do you mean by rinse? To wash all the washing powder or liquid residue of the clothes, with water
As for drying a mesh bag that lets air pass trough will dry your clothes after washing them, just hang it of the back, letting the air dry them as you ride

As long as theirs none of this
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I do the same but with an exped dry bag. I also have a mesh bag for drying clothes on the go too!
I've been searching for a mesh bag, because I think it's a brilliant idea, but it seems quite difficult to find a store who sells it. What kind of stores have them?
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I've been searching for a mesh bag, because I think it's a brilliant idea, but it seems quite difficult to find a store who sells it. What kind of stores have them?
I got mine off ebay. Search for "mesh laundry bag".
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