Friday, November 15, 2013

Hand Washing Cloth Diapers The Lehman's Way - Lehman's Laundry Products Review

Were a cloth diaper family!  Were also a green family!  And a single income family.  So we do as much as we possibly can to not only save us money, but to conserve and be more green.  I've always been a line dryer.  Even before cloth diapers came into our lives.  I've always preferred to air dry as much of our laundry as I can and I always line dry every load of cloth diapers I wash.  At first it was just a preference...then the dryer died.  But one thing I've started doing, is hand washing several loads of laundry each week to cut down on our energy costs by not running the washing machine.  I typically hand wash delicates and a lot of my own clothing and I hand wash at least 2 loads of cloth diapers each week.  I've definitely noticed a change in our energy bill!  At first I was doing this just to save and conserve, but just a few weeks ago, our washing machine died so I've been handing washing all of our clothes and line drying them all too!

And to be honest, it was tricky at first and took a while to get the hang of it.  And once I stumbled upon some hand washing necessities, the task became so much easier!   I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to a company that carries some great products that are really helping our family conserve and save!   

Allow me to introduce you to Lehman's!



Lehman's Logo


Lehman's is a wonderful company located in Ohio.  Jay Lehman founded the store in 1955 and his goal was to serve the local Amish and other families living in the area who did not have electricity. His vision for Lehman's was to preserve the past for future generations.  Lehman's carries a wide array of products that allow families to live more green, more energy efficient, more self sufficiently and more naturally!  Lehman's is now a go-to business for the local Amish communities living near Lehman's 32,000 square foot retail store and they supply so many products that the Amish residents and many others rely on.  They now ship high-quality products around the world!

Lehman's sent us some great products to aid in my hand washing venture!  Have you ever noticed that antique washboard your grandmother has as part of her laundry room decor?  Well did you know those are still around?  They are!  And they are so useful!  So many cloth diaper moms talk about diaper sprayers and how to get poo off of their diapers.  Well, Lehman's sent us two of their amazing wash boards and I just love them!  And they don't even take that much elbow grease!



They sent us a large washboard made of glass!  YES, glass!  Its great because there is really no wear and tear on the glass, its smooth surface is gentle on delicate fabrics but the "spiral crimp" texture on the surface of the glass allows you to work any mess out of any fabric.  I use the large glass washboard in our laundry sink.  I just fill up our sink with hot water, cloth diaper detergent, and rub each diaper along the washboard and the messes work right out.   And this is a really thick, solid glass too!  I was worried that it wouldn't hold up during shipping but it arrive in one piece!  You can also use these for decoration as well.  But trust me, if you buy one for decoration, it will be really hard not to try it out!



Lehman's also sent us the Mini Tin Washboard which is great!  The tin is a traditional favorite.  Its durable and delicate on your fabrics.   The Mini washboard would be fantastic for travel!  



I know there are a lot of dedicated cloth diaper moms that get a bit concerned about traveling with cloth.  The big issue is finding a good way to wash cloth diapers while on a family vacation for example.  Well, the Mini Tin is the perfect size to take with you so you can wash your cloth diapers in a hotel bathtub.   Its the perfect size to lay in the bottom of your suit case!



Another cool product that Lehman's sent us was their Breathing Hand Washer!  This thing is pretty handy!  Basically what it is, is a hand operated agitator!  You use it in the same way you would a plunger, in your wash tub, bath tub, or sink, where ever you are hand washing.  The up and down plunging motion forces the soap and water through your clothes.  Its made of a sturdy plastic with a wood handle.  This made my cloth diaper hand washing routine a breeze by not having to continuously swoosh everything around with my hands!






So here's a quick rundown of my cloth diaper hand washing routine:

1st Hot PreWash - No Detergent 
(Just to get some of the crud out)
Use Lehman's Large Washboard to scrub each diaper and insert
Use Lehman's Breathing Hand Washer to agitate diapers
Let Soak for 20 minutes (go do something else and come back later)
Agitate again
 Drain

1 Hot Wash With Detergent
Use Lehman's Breathing Hand Washer to agitate diapers
Let soak for 20 minutes (go do something else and come back later)
Agitate again
Drain

1 Warm Rinse
Use Lehman's Breathing Hand Washer to agitate diapers
Let soak for 20 minutes (go do something else and come back later)
Agitate again
Drain

1 Last Cold Rinse
(to make sure all of the soap is out)
Use Lehman's Breathing Hand Washer to agitate diapers
Let soak for 20 minutes (go do something else and come back later)
Agitate again
Drain
Wring out any access water
Line Dry
                

Another great thing about Lehman's products is the prices!  The prices are all very economical so the task of hand washing and line drying isn't outweigh by the cost of investing in the products.  Its a great way to save money and save energy!  Its also great for vacation or doing laundry during camping trips!

If you line dry your diapers during the summer but don't know what to do with winter on its way, Lehman's has several indoor drying racks and indoor clothes lines!

AND....Lehman's also carries Bummis organic cotton prefolds, Bummis flushable liners and they carry wetbags too!

I would highly recommend checking out Lehman's laundry products and all of the other great products that Lehman's has to offer!  You could find some great holiday gift ideas too!  My husband spent half of his day off looking through the Lehman's catalog, showing me every single thing he liked and wanted to try.  It was pretty entertaining!  Guess I know where to do my Christmas shopping!  And they have great products to help you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving too!

Be sure to visit Lehman's website!  You can also LIKE Lehman's on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, follow on Pinterest and subscribe on Youtube!  You can also sign up for their free catalog!



Lehman's Logo




Disclosure:  I received products free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!

8 comments:

  1. This is marvelous! I don't have a washer or dryer either, and I've just been packing clothes up into a big hiking bag and hauling them, and the baby, to the laundromat. I should definitely invest in a washboard though.

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  2. I'm not sure I have the dedication to hand wash all of our laundry, but it isn't something I'm against trying for some. I thought about doing the pre-rinse for our diapers by hand,but never got past the thought. I would love to read more about you hand washing. I'm intrigued.

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  3. This is really cool. I didn't know they even still sold washboards! But I do really love my washing machine! lol

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  4. This is so cool! I am always looking for new ways to be more energy efficient/save money and these would be great for a few loads a week. I love it.

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  5. I talked to my husband about these products and he is very excited! He loves saving money (as do I) so we're looking into buying some of these products! Thanks!

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  6. Air-drying clothes indoors often leaves an unpleasant mildew-like odor on the clothes. This is the one drawback that I've found from handwashing laundry. Does anyone have any ideas on preventing the undesirable smell that is noticeable on clean, indoor air-dried T-shirts, etc.? This bad scent overpowers the clean scent of the laundry detergent. Thanks.

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  7. I've been washing most of my clothes, and anything else smaller than a blanket or jacket, in a 5-gallon drywall bucket (plastic) for about ten years now, using a regular toilet plunger to agitate the load. I dry the loads by hanging them on heavy plastic clothes hangers on the towel rack in the tile wall behind the bathtub, and move them out to the shower curtain for better air circulation after the dripping has basically finished.

    Granted, line drying outside would be better, but we also run a dog rescue here, with about 36 dogs, and clotheslines would be just a large dog toy for them. Anything tall enough to keep the Great Danes away from the laundry would require a tall ladder or an elevator. And, actually, the added humidity from drying clothes helps with the dry air from our wood heat -- a very old Treemont fireplace insert.

    Obviously I do the laundry thing every day, and it's worth mentioning that this has some significant exercise benefits, too, if you do it properly. My arms, shoulders & back are in GREAT shape, at age 68.

    Rinsing takes a lot more time & work than actual washing-- takes several buckets rinse water to float off the dog hair & other gunk (because of all the dogs here), for just a couple of T-shirts & running shorts. However, you can cut the water use by rinsing another way -- I have a homemade plastic rack in the tub that I hang the washed clothes on, and use a hand sprayer for the rinse. I always do the final rinse in a bucket, just to make sure it's completely clear of soap residue. When doing rinses in the bucket, you'll notice that if you agitate a bit, the hair & lint floats to the top, and if you tilt the bucket it will all float off into the tub & down the drain.

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  8. I don't know if I'd ever keep up with handwashing, but my grandmother would love to get this as a gift.

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