We don’t have a washer or dryer. That’s by choice. I have plenty of water, two sinks and two buckets. When I say “plenty”, I mean it is available, but I don’t waste it. The beauty of washing and rinsing in buckets is that one can dump the “grey water” out in the garden. Plants don’t mind soap or vinegar, in fact, vinegar and salt, as I like to say, are fertilizers. I have the luxury of a washbasin and a rinse-bucket. Note that the silver one matches the sink, while a white basin would look swell in a porcelain one.This isn’t “roughing it”. I once lived without running water for over a year, with just wood-stoves for cooking and heating. I took sauna (pronounced “sow-nah”, not “sawna”) regularly, though. Then there was the time I lived in a tee-pee for two weeks in 25* weather. I am used to building my own fires for cooking and heat, making my own bread the old-fashioned way, washing clothes by hand and hanging them on the line to dry. Those things are muscle-building, and who needs a fancy “health-club” when saving electricity and doing things yourself keep a gal in shape? I don’t watch television; we cut the cable last year, as described in Household Hints. No problem–as a radio-nut, I have a lot of them, all operable with batteries, including a short-wave.
One of my favorite themes here and on the Elegant Survival News blog is getting by without electricity. For now, I use a computer, and someday, when the power-grids fail because of ridiculous energy-restrictions, I am going to adapt to the new situation with my usual vigor.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009
Wash-Water Additives, Laundry Boosters
Hydrogen Peroxide (for white items with stubborn stains)
Sometimes I use a combination of the above additives, depending upon the stains at hand.
For wringing clothes, I sometimes use The Absorber, available at auto-supply stores.
When it is raining, I use a wooden laundry-rack instead of hanging clothes outside. If you live in an apartment, plastic hangers on an extra shower-rod, placed in the middle of the area above the tub, works well, too, with adequate ventilation.
Causes of abdominal tenderness include a variety of gastrointestinal issues, injuries to the area, and organ-related conditions. Treatment varies depending on the cause. Learn more about abdominal tenderness here.
Common causes of facial pain include headaches and injuries. However, facial pain can also result from dental problems, infections, and nerve disorders. People who experience severe, recurring, or persistent facial pain should see a doctor. Learn more here.
There are many possible causes of pain at the big toe joint, including osteoarthritis, gout, and injuries. This pain can sometimes make it difficult for a person to walk, but most underlying causes are treatable. Learn more about pain at the big toe joint, including treatment, prevention, and when to see a doctor.
There are many possible causes of hip pain. However, gently stretching and exercising the hips can often help relieve this pain. In this article, we describe 14 hip exercises that can strengthen the muscles, restore mobility, and ease pain.
The causes of a bruised heel can include various injuries and ill-fitting shoes. Home remedies can help, such as applying a cold compress or using heel inserts in shoes. Learn more about bruised heels here.
Pain in the palm of the hand is often the result of a minor injury, and a person can safely treat it at home. However, more serious causes of hand pain can include bone fractures, wound infections, and conditions that affect the nerves, blood vessels, or tissues inside the hands. Learn more here.
Hamstring tendonitis is a swollen or injured hamstring tendon. Symptoms include pain in or near to the knee joint. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the tendonitis, but certain exercises may help. Learn more about hamstring tendonitis here.
Pain under the right breast often results from muscle strain or a minor injury, and it will usually get better on its own. However, pain in this area can also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a gastrointestinal issue, infection, or chest inflammation. Learn more here.
Finger pain can result from a minor injury and will usually get better with self-care. However, severe, worsening, or recurring pain may indicate a more serious injury or underlying condition. Learn more about the causes and treatment of finger pain here.
Potential causes of a bulging disc in the neck include being overweight and being inactive. Exercising may help. Learn more about bulging discs in the neck, including why they develop and how to soothe them, here.
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes painful symptoms. There is no cure for gout, but people can manage the condition with medication and home remedies. Learn about the best home and natural treatments here.
Oxidative stress can damage cells and occurs when there is an excess of free radicals. The body produces free radicals during normal metabolic processes but also produces antioxidants to neutralize them. Long-term oxidative stress can contribute to aging and may play a role in a number of conditions. Learn more here.
Tumor necrosis factor is a protein involved in inflammation. Excess tumor necrosis factor (TNF) in the blood has a role in inflammatory conditions, such as forms of arthritis and irritable bowel disease. In this article, we look at TNF, its links with medical conditions, and how to reduce TNF levels.
Humira is a biologic medication that treats inflammatory conditions. In this article, we look at the safety and risks associated with taking Humira and drinking alcohol. We also discuss other Humira side effects and interactions.
Dark chocolate generally contains less sugar and more cacao solids than milk chocolate. It is also rich in antioxidants and some minerals. Research suggests that regularly eating dark chocolate may provide several health benefits. Learn more about these benefits here.
Stelara and Humira are two biologics that help treat immune conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis and Crohn’s disease. In this article, we look at the similarities and differences in their effects, benefits, and risks.
Enbrel and Humira are medications that doctors prescribe to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Both help lower inflammation in the joints and are similar, regarding their available forms, storage, and costs. Learn more about Enbrel and Humira, and which might be the most appropriate, here.
While being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), some people with the condition lose weight. In this article, learn about the relationship between RA and weight loss, the drugs that can cause loss of appetite, and other possible side effects.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are two conditions that cause pain and stiffness in the joints. They have different causes and treatments. Learn about the differences between RA and OA here.
Methylprednisolone and prednisone are medications that can treat certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, by reducing inflammation in the body. Learn about the differences between these corticosteroids here.
A blood clot in the leg can cause swelling, red skin, and warmth in the surrounding area. Risk factors include age. Maintaining a healthy weight and doing regular exercise can prevent blood clots from developing.