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As you saw in my ultra light packing post I don’t pack many clothes while traveling. 3 shirts, 3 socks, 3 underwear. That means I have to wash my clothes often.
Machine washing is a waste of time, money, and the environment with such a small load.
In place of Dr Bronner’s you can use any camper’s or vegetable based soap. These biodegradable soaps are easier on the environment, especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
If you don’t want to watch the video I’ll quickly break down the process:
Step 1: Toss your dirty clothes into an aLOKSAK, making sure to leave enough room for water. If you have a lot of clothes you’ll probably have to do more than 1 load.
Step 2: Fill your aLOKSAK with enough water to soak the clothes.
Step 3: Add ~10 drops of Dr Bronner’s soap. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but this soap is highly concentrated. You don’t need much.
Step 4: Kneed the clothes for 2-3 minutes.
Step 5: Leave the clothes in the aLOKSAK for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Rinse clothes.
Step 7: Hang your clothes to dry using your elastic clothesline.
Total time: ~15 minutes.
Of course, if worst comes to worst you can always just wear the same dirty clothes for 8 days straight like I did in Germany. :).