Date: 16 August 2018 Laundry Bag (and
A while back I bought the
prettiest blouse at a thrift store. The problem was the decorations
on the shirt.
They would not survive a trip through a washing machine. Even hand
washing was perilous as the buttons snagged on my scrubber. The inexpensive dollar store
laundry bags won't work because the holes are too large. Thus I
needed to upgrade. Here is the solution I implemented.
These are the fancy doodads that can
The blouse in question is lovely.
Like all of mine, it is white.
This blouse is dressy. It features cut-glass beaded
decorations. My friend Cheryl spotted this while we were on
one of our outings. Though not solid white because of the
colored baubles, I splurged. The shirt is a gem.
Cheryl is a gem too. I love to go bargain hunting with Cheryl. She
found the embellished blouse I bought.
Me and Cheryl at lunch→
Years ago I suffered through a disconcerting shopping event. That experience was a
shocker for me. It was not something I would have ever
expected. Details about the shopping trip can be
found in the
Deal Breaker (galley gear in thrift
You really have No Idea
how nice it is to have a female friend who likes and
understands boat life. Plus Cheryl is cool. She takes amazing
This is one of Cheryl's pictures
↑ of the Captiva Beach Walkway. It is terrific.
CAPTIVA ↓ is on the
gulf coast of
Florida, just south of Tampa Bay.
Cheryl also took this
picture of a
walking along on Captiva beach →
But I digress...
Fellows may wonder why I focus on clothing. To some of us gals it is
an important part of who we are. When we appear in public folks rightly or wrongly do assess us
by our wardrobe. We do not have to be Sunday-school perfect, however clean and
respectfully attired does make a difference in how we are treated.
For instance, at
most public docks I find folks friendly. They are curious as to my life
afloat as it is not typical. I view the questions asked as an
opportunity to share what it is like out here. People truly are so
On the other hand, were I to show
up at the dinghy dock in filthy torn clothing, sporting a cigarette
hanging out of my mouth with a few crumpled beer cans in the bottom
of the dink... well, I doubt if the reception would be so friendly.
Dressing nicely is fun. Just ask my princess who met
Mary Poppins at Disney:
This is Princess Sarah ↑ aka my
Being neat and tidy in my thrift store
gives that all-important good First Impression.
Wearing only white shirts means decision making is kept to a
minimum. The top shirt in the stack is what
However the one with the spiffy decorations needs special handling
when it comes to washing.
The problem is those fancy doodads on the blouse snag everything. Cheap
wash bags have big holes. I was afraid the shirt would be damaged because
of the purple embellishments. That is why I went to Walmart: to
upgrade from a dollar store laundry bag.
Walmart had a much better quality
one. I chose the
Evercare Delicate Garment Mesh Bag
This bag has a much finer mesh than the cheap ones. Nothing snags on
the contents. Everything is kept safely inside the
Evercare Delicate Garment Mesh Bag.
Water flows through it very nicely too.
Most important of all, my shirt
comes out clean and undamaged.
Doing laundry aboard Seaweed has been a chore. A few months ago I
bought a single drum washing machine from Amazon. Sometimes I hate
it and sometimes I wonder how I lived without it so long. And the
rest of the time I wish I had not wasted $60 of my perfectly good
money on it. But that's another tale for different day.
For the curious,
↓ is my
Best Choice washer. The pretty shirt is inside the bag in the washer.
links↑ contains a few
other shirts and a skirt too. I'll do a review of the machine
For $60, it's okay. But I'd rather have the money because this thing
takes A LOT of room.
Side Note: The description of the
Best Choice Portable Mini Washing Machine with
Drainage Tube 6.6 lb capacity on Amazon
was wrong. The size was inaccurate. I'd already pitched the box so
shipping it back would have been problematic. I wish I had done so
anyway. $60 is a lot of money for something that doesn't fit where
it was supposed to go.
All that said, when it comes to
washing sheets, it does a
great job. Then I am happy with the
doggone thing. Argh!
So that's it from here. Life
progresses. There is always something new to divert my attention.
Thank you for reading. Have a
Do you have a washing machine on your boat?
And, are you glad of it? (Call me Ambivalent on mine)
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