Now I couldn't have the washtubs without a way to wring out the clothes so I went in search of a handcrank wringer. We got ours from Lehmans but there are all kinds of places to purchase them. Ebay is one or you can even use a towel wringer. They are really easy for everything but jeans. Jeans will go through them it just takes more muscle power to crank . Here is a link to a forum I belong to that talks about handmade washers. Just be patient and keep looking till you find what you really want. We finally moved back here and I knew I would get to use my wonderful washtubs and wringer. William mounted my wringer between the 2 tubs so I could wring the clothes after washing and let them fall right in the rinse tub.
Of course when wringing them out after rinsing You have to make sure you hold them so they don't fall back into your wash water. You can use a wash board
to wash your clothes or you can use a rapid washer
. Whatever you use its exercising your arms. Instead of paying to go to the gym just wash clothes and work those muscles. Its also mentally relaxing. Hearing the water swishing about knowing you are getting clean clothes without the electric meter running round and round is very relaxing to me. Using the handcrank wringer is very easy. Also works your arm muscles but isn't hard at all as all my grandchildren wash their own clothes while here and had no problem using the wringer.
I keep my washtubs on the back porch and fill them with the garden hose. Each tub has its own drain and can be drained in a bucket to use watering the flowers, etc or if you are like me and have flower beds all the way around the porch you can let the water run off the porch into the flower beds. Doesn't take much water to fill the tubs.
I wash my white clothes first with a little bleach and my handmade laundry soap.
I usually use the water for one more load before emptying and refilling the washtub. My rinse tub I add 1/4 cup of vinegar and that keeps the clothes and towels soft even after hanging out on the clothesline. It also keeps lint off your clothes. As I mentioned above I wash then wring the clothes, rinse them, then wring again and hang out. Once you get comfortable using the tubs and wringer it goes really fast. Your clothes are much cleaner this way. The colors stay fresh longer and the clothes don't wear out as fast. Washtubs aren't for everyone but if you are looking for a frugal way to do laundry this is it. If you are wanting to go back to the simple ways of living this is for you. If you are looking at ways to conserve energy (Perri don't let Billski see this post) this is for you. If you just like doing laundry this is for you. Hope this has answered your questions and helped a little. Email me if you want more information and I will be glad to help.