|Yesterday, the Nina Soft spun over a liter of water+residue out of three loads of laundry.|
When sharing a washer with others, I have no control over what kind of products they use. They might put in perfumed detergents or fabric softeners. That leaves residue in the washers and dryers.
In Los Angeles, I use a clothesline. I hang most of my laundry on the line, but put small items like socks and sturdier underwear in the tumble dryer along with shirts. By the time I am done hanging up the clothes on the line, I can hang up the slightly damp shirts to finish air-drying. The undies and socks take just a few more minutes to complete. I probably run the dryer for about 15-20 minutes per load of wash.
At the condo, the dryer won't start until you put at least $0.75 cents. It doesn't matter if I want to run it for 1 minute or 50 minutes, it costs $0.75. Each additional quarter provides an additional 20 minutes. The clock runs even when the dryer isn't. That means you pay for time when the machine is idle and the next person can't use your unused time. The contractor that has the monopoly on our building is not interested in changing his pricing scheme.
|My home laundry equipment.|
The Nina Soft is a home version of the extractor that you find in laundromats. It's essentially a big centrifuge for your clothes. The Nina Soft spins out water, detergent, chemicals and hard mineral deposits that would otherwise bake into your clothes. It also reduces dryer time by ~50%.
I originally bought it for tie-dyeing. Spin the excess dye out before rinsing, and you save tons of time and water.
I hand wash small amounts of laundry in the green baskets in my bathtub with the Breathing Washer. It's a plunger-like thing used by campers, dyers and felters. Unlike plungers, the Breathing Washer doesn't splash. It does make a wheezing sound that gives it it's name. It's a good 10-minute upper body workout.
When I wash things in my tub, I can rinse twice. Then I spin it in the Nina Soft and air-dry it. This also helps humidify my condo in arid Colorado.
When I have a lot of laundry, I use the shared machines in parallel. At 7 AM, the earliest we are allowed to start laundry, I can usually find three open washers on consecutive floors. (Dark, Light and Medium colors.)
When I take the laundry out of the washer, I spin all of it in the Nina Soft. Then I either tumble dry them or hang them up. I found this large maple folding drying rack at McGuckin Hardware. It's made in the US and much sturdier than any other racks I've seen at any price (including the one from LL Bean). It's not expensive, either.
In this way, I limit my exposure to detergents and reduce dryer use to about an hour for all 3 loads of laundry.
I got my Nina Soft from Dharma Trading, my preferred supplier of all dyeing/fiber art goodies. I have no affiliation with them other than ordering from them for 20+ years and wanting to make sure they remain in business.
I bought the Breathing Washer and a plastic washboard from Japan from Amazon. They also sell the Nina Soft.
The green baskets and laundry octopus come from IKEA.