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To hand-wash clothes, fill the sink with warm to hot water, pour in a bit of laundry soap, allow the garment to soak for a few minutes, and knead the clothes to work in the soap. Rinse the soapy garment under warm water until the water runs clear with... View Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Erica. I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to talk to you today about how to hand wash your clothes. I'm going to be using a kitchen sink, but you can use a bathtub or a laundry basin or whatever you want, but we're just going to use the kitchen sink today. The first thing you need to do is you need to plug up the sink and fill it up with warm water. Usually you want it hot enough that it will get the clothes clean, but not too hot that you can't put your hands in. And so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to show you how to wash your clothes in the sink. The first thing you're going to do is you're going to pour the laundry soap in. Kind of stir it around a little bit, get it kind of soapy. And we'll just use this for now, and just make sure that's really, really good and soapy, and that the soap is stirred all the way through the water. After that, you'll put in your first item, and just put it in there. If you have any stains, you should let it soak for a little while before you actually start washing. But after that just make sure that you get it all wet. Then you just start shaking it, like this. Knead it like you would knead some dough for some bread, just knead it really well. Then you can twist it just a little bit if you need to get it really well. After that you will need to drain the sink, and let all the soap run out first. Then we'll need to turn back on the water again. Make sure that it's not too hot. Now we're going to rinse the clothing until the water runs clear and there's no soap coming out. After the shirt has been rinsed clear, you can kind of squeeze it out like this, and just make sure you get all the extra water out. And after you've washed and rinsed dry your shirt, you'll just need to...you can either hang it dry, or you can just throw it in the dryer and let it dry in the dryer.