LAUNDRY LUNACY


Are our homes hyper clean and hygienic ? or are they disgusting cesspits of potential typhoid?

 

Both ends of the spectrum, but where do we fit in? and does it matter? I’ve been reading on-line articles that reveal some Northern Hemisphere residents are dementedly washing duvet inners once a fortnight, and changing face cloths and bath towels daily. Oh: and let’s not forget the curtains – washed annually or more often. What are these people doing with their curtain, for goodness sake? Using them as dishtowels? On which topic : full scale germophobe hysteria.
When I’d finished reading, my overall impression was: how wonderful to live in countries where water is in such an abundant supply that people can cheerfully wash and clean like demented germophobes without a care in the world, using litres and litres of water in the process. My mind slid back to our recent drought, where we were down to using no more than 20 litres of water per person, per day, to stave off the dreaded Day Zero. We managed to do so by a combo of strict adherence and blessed rainfall in the nick of time.

 

For myself, I’d rather have continued access to water and to hell with laundry hygiene! How about you?

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5 responses to “LAUNDRY LUNACY

  1. Absolutely agree! Our recent wake-up call was life changing.

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  2. Fortunately I have never believed in germs and general dirt doesnt worry me….but I’m sick of washing dishes in a big bowl with hot water from the kettle . Saving water has become so ingrained I can’t stop myself. One day Im going to run a deep basinful of hot water…..

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  3. I hear you, Alison; our looming ‘Day Zero’ crisis was really a wake-up call for many of us who had previously taken it for granted (more or less) that, when you turn the tap, clean water will come out. (Sorry, this comment got rather long…)

    Although we’re allowed to use more water now, we still delay flushing the loo until it’s necessary. I still think it’s appallingly poor urban design that we use drinking water to flush the toilet, but until we can get a rain water storage tank installed and connected (money, money, money), that’s what it’ll have to be. But I do have happy memories of the days of non-whiffy bathrooms!!

    And I do still delay doing the dishes until I have a full load (gone are the days of quickly washing the breakfast or supper dishes because I don’t like dirty dishes standing around…) and I still capture my rinsing water in a large bowl, which then goes to the potted plants that don’t get rain (when it rains). So that has helped to keep consumption down.

    But as to changing the bathtowels towels every day – !!are they crazy?? Are they having a bath or shower every day?! Unless you’re a manual labourer or athlete in training, and getting filthy and sweaty every day, why waste so much water?

    Alison, how on earth does one wash the duvet *inners*? We invested (yes!) in mulberry silk duvets some years back – and love-love-love them. But you can’t wash them in the washing machine, you have to take them for dry-cleaning, which uses such toxic chemicals that, for me, it completely defeats the object of having a luxurious and environmentally healthy mulberry silk duvet. You can’t wash feather duvets and head pillows either because they go lumpy… I just wait for a hot sunny day and hang everything up on the line ever so often… What else is one supposed to do?

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