Good tip!! Slightly embarrasing, walked a half day once in a t-shirt that just didn't 'feel' right. Swapped it back that evening at the next albergue, other pilgrim had the same problem!!Another thought: sharing a load in a washing machine either paid or free, with a net bag that zips you can be sure to collect all your own clothes and leave those of others!
One time when I was at an albergue where they washed your clothes for you I did this, but apparently they didn't understand, and took my clothes our of the mesh bag.Another thought: sharing a load in a washing machine either paid or free, with a net bag that zips you can be sure to collect all your own clothes and leave those of others!
I've mentioned my method of using a dry bag as a "portable washing machine" before. IMO definitely preferable to stomping on my clothes on the shower floor.
I use a 12 liter dry bag to wash my clothes in, rather than the albergue laundry sinks. As I'm undressing for my shower and the water is warming up I put half a laundry detergent sheet and water in the bag, then my clothes. Then I fill the bag about 3/4 full with water and close it up. I give it a few shakes and set it aside to soak while I shower and dress. I then shake the bag some more to agitate everything well before rinsing in the laundry sink. The detergent sheets don't create a lot of suds, but get the clothes clean. After wring them out well I roll them up in my towel and twist it. This method gets my clothes cleaner than using the laundry sinks alone in the albergues. I think that the long soaking time is the secret. I even use the dry bag to wash when I'm staying in a room with my own bathroom.
The reason that it's frowned upon, is that it takes more time in the shower. I also know a couple who ended up with some ugly bleach stains from using this method.Us older members of the forum, left over from more uncouth times, like to wash the clothes we've been wearing that day in the shower, by letting the body suds wash down onto them and stomping while you shower. But the forum has a much smarter set these days and this kind of thing is now generally frowned upon by the majority (of contributors at least).
Was NOT impressed with your spin dryer! Clothes are NOT dry when finished.In Roncesvalles we wash, dry and fold your clothes for 4 euro.
We also have sinks for those who want to wash by hand. After the handwashing we put the clothes in a centrifuge (spindryer). And it is always my guilty pleasure to learn young men how to wash their undies and socks ... The washing is not the difficult part of it, but rinsing, and rinsing and one more time rinsing is the important part of it!
As many here said, some do, some don't.
Be cautious around washing machines, we've encountered several while traveling in Europe that were electrically "hot" and caused anything from a buzz to a shock, either the machines were wired incorrectly or insulation had failed, but had they been properly grounded they wouldn't have caused shock. Europe's 220 volts AC is nothing to trifle with. In the USA I was shocked while touching the shower faucet at a KOA campground. I've learned to first touch unfamiliar electrical equipment with the back of my hand, as opposed to grasping.
IMHO, eau de pilgrim is a fact of life on the Camino, and necessarily not a big issue...
Exactly! This is why I handwash most days - I'm in control of my afternoon, not the demands of a washing machine.Washing machines may be convenient but also come with some logistical issues - getting access when you want them, having to stay with them while they are washing your clothes to allow others fair acess when you would rather be sightseeing, re-hydrating or socialising...
I use a similar laundry detergent strip. I really like them because they get my clothes clean, but don't make a ton of suds that require lots of rinsing. And they weigh very little. I use a half strip to do my hand washing.I use Tru-Earth laundry detergent, it comes as dry flat strips- like thick paper. Very portable, dissolves easily & fully and smells pleasant. Good for hand washing or machines.
Have found that Head'n'Shoulders hair shampoo is a very effective washing detergent - saves having to carry two 'soaps'...I use Tru-Earth laundry detergent, it comes as dry flat strips- like thick paper. Very portable, dissolves easily & fully and smells pleasant. Good for hand washing or machines.
I used your method and used Breezo detergent strips. It worked a charm. Thanks!I use a similar laundry detergent strip. I really like them because they get my clothes clean, but don't make a ton of suds that require lots of rinsing. And they weigh very little. I use a half strip to do my hand washing.
Alternatively, carry your 'dirty' clothes for a day (or two) until the weather improves or you stay at an albergue with a washing machine - obviously only practical if you carry reserve walking clothes...!Note that hand-washed clothes do not get the benefit of a washing machine spin cycle. Subsequently putting them in a clothes dryer may result in hard feelings and extra expense when they aren't dry after one cycle. If the weather is not conducive to hanging your hand-wash to air dry and the albergue doesn't have a separate clothes spinner, consider paying for machine washing and drying instead of hand-washing.