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How To Use a Wash board Sink (Or Things That You Never Thought You'd Do on the Mission Field)

My first time washing clothes by hand was a complete disaster. We were on our Pan American excursion. We were in Peru and we had no clean clothes left. We stopped at a rustic hotel in the middle of the desert and to my utter surprise, there was no washing machine to be found (how naive). I stared at the washboard sink for about 10 minutes completely clueless as to how to begin washing clothes. I fumbled my way through the process never dreaming that I would one day become a washboard whiz!

Here's me staring at the sink:
While my supportive husband was doing this
Three hours later (I'm not kidding), I managed to kinda wash all our clothes
Now, I wash clothes by hand five days a week. We get really dirty with the red dirt here, so while we own a standard washing machine, it doesn't leave our clothes clean. Upon request of a children's ministry in the States, I made a "how to" video on washing on a washboard sink. It's what works for me. I now can say that I actually enjoy doing the wash and find it a great time to get out my aggressions pray and worship. Here's my patented process:
Disclaimer: This was filmed by someone who's never touched a digital camera before.

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  1. Awesome Audio! It's too bad the sun wasn't cooperating so we could see your face, the washboard, the piles, the whole process, etc. You did a great job explaining it though!

    Jess was impressed.

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  2. Wow, so you are my hero. I had to wash my clothes once by hand when we were in Guatemala and the washing machine went out. I thought I might faint by the time I was done, not to mention the back pain. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the women who wash by hand every day. Great video!

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