When we began staying in Mexico long enough to need laundry being done the Senior would weekly load one of our wheeled suitcases up to the local “laundaria” where for very few pesos they would wash dry and fold your laundry having it ready for you at the end of the day. At home the Senior always does the laundry and just assumed the job here. This worked great for a couple of years until some thing got ruined in the process, water too hot for the fabric and once crusted undissolved soap power crusted on clothing leaving stains. Our choice were at that point sit at the laundaria and do it our self taking up half a day or do it on our roof top as a washing machine had been installed there.
But as with many things in Mexico, the washer didn’t work exactly as expected. This washing machine fills with very a slow drip. We soon discovered that by filling buckets of water at the wash sink and dumping them in the washer it would save considerable time, but it is considerable work and the Senior decided he didn’t have the patience or the desire to spend that much time on the hot roof top and the job fell to me. It takes 6-7 buckets of water for each wash load and again 6-7 buckets for the rinse.
So now I weekly collect our clothing, personal bath towels and sheets and head to the roof in the cool, cool, cool of the evening about 9 pm, take up my kindle a glass of wine and proceed to do the laundry. I’m entertained by my kindle and the bar down the street that pumps out music for the whole town to hear and enjoy a glass or two of wine while our clothes wash. Each load is then hung on the lines to dry. Usually by 10 am its all dry and can be taken in and the clothes didn’t spend the whole day baking in hot sun for the colors to bleach out. My system works well and now the Senior in charge of maintaining our supply of ice and arranging for the timely delivery of drinking water. Fair trade!
This year the was a new wrinkle in the laundry system. They hung badly needed new clothes lines, but they are higher than I can reach. Lucky for me there is a nice ladder on the roof, its a little awkward hanging clothes on the line from a ladder but do-able. Signing off KO