In our quest to efficiently do laundry off-grid for a family of eight, we looked into wringers and other options for removing water after washing a large load of laundry. Our Mobile Washers worked well for washing, and our bucket laundry press squeezed out excess water. But how could we remove enough water efficiently to allow the clean clothes to dry quickly on the line?
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, eventually we learned about a spinner called the Charming Spinner which is what we ended up with. Here is why. The hand wringers are fairly sustainable if you get a commercial one that will last, but also expensive and still take a lot of time to run a large load through. Electric wringers are even more expensive. A spinner didn’t cost any more than a commercial hand wringer, and will make clothing quite dry in two minutes. In fact, it makes it as dry as if spun out in a washer and then put in a dryer for 20-30 minutes! It does take electricity for those two minutes so it is not quite as sustainable, but if we are able to get solar panels as our power source, it will be a pretty good deal.
I do hope to get a commercial wringer someday as a back-up, but let me tell you about this spinner! Many Amish people use them, as well as missionaries in foreign countries. Some people use it with a regular washer and dryer. The two or three minutes of spinning before putting it into the dryer means using your dryer about 30 minutes less with each load. The spinner works well with alternative power systems so it is ideal for using in an off-grid setting like ours as well. It handles about half of a super capacity washer load, so depending on the size of our load each day we have three to five spinner loads.
The spinner works well as long as it has a balanced load. It spins so fast that if it’s a little heavier on one side than the other or top-heavy it causes problems. It’s quiet, and after only two minutes the clothes are so dry that it takes only several hours in this Florida humidity to hang dry them.
As far as I know, there are only two ways to get them. You can order them online here, or call the Amish owned store in Charm, OH at (330)893-3033 and order from them (same price). That is how we got ours, and I promised I would let everyone know how it turned out. If you order it from Ohio, tell them folks at LiveReadyNow.com recommended it. We don’t get any kickback, but we want them to know we’re keeping our word about telling you. They are great at answering questions and giving tips about using it as well. We’ve used ours for four months now, five days a week, and we are happy! No more sore fingers from wringing out by hand.
There is another similar spinning machine on the market for a little less money, but the reviews are not so good and I read too many complaints about customer service. I feel confident that the people at this Amish store will back up their products.
When we could finally order the spinner I was so excited. We were weary of the time consuming job of wringing clothes out by hand. When I put the first load into the spinner nothing happened…no matter what I did. Bummer! Wasn’t it going to work with our battery bank and inverter? Then I realized I wasn’t waiting long enough. It spins much faster than a regular washer does, but it starts so slowly you can’t even tell it’s doing anything for about 10 seconds.
Now we can hang our hand-washed laundry in this humid climate, and as long as it’s out by 9:30am it is easily dry by lunch time. That was unheard of even with a washing machine! We can face the rainy season knowing we will usually be able to get laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away all in the same day, even with daily afternoon showers.
Tomorrow I’ll share things we’ve found that make the whole process run more smoothly.
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