Hello all,

Here in Tanzania we have had the fortunate opportunity to use buckets in several of the ways the locals use them. We tried balancing them on our heads…but failed. So we decided to do our laundry with them instead. 

Since most of you have never washed an entire load of laundry by hand we decided to provide you with the steps if you wanted to try it at home.

Step 1: Fill a large bucket with hot water.

Step 2: Dump in 3-4 dirty articles of clothing.

Step 3: Dump in one handful of “foma.”

Step 4: Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Step 5: Select a piece of an article of clothing (e.g. sleeve) and rub bar soap on it.

Step 6: Rub two sides of the sleeve together with great force.

Step 7: Dip in the water.

Step 8: Again, rub two sides of the sleeve together with great force.

Step 9: Repeat steps 6-8 approx 5-6 times then move on to the next part of the article of clothing (e.g. pit of the shirt) and repeat until entire piece is clean.

Step 10: Take recently soaped shirt and place into bucket of cold water to sit.

Step 11: After 10 minutes or so, rub pieces of the shirt together to remove the soap.

Step 12: Dip in water and continue rubbing until all soap is removed.

Step 13: Ring out shirt and place in dry bucket.

Step 14: Bring clothes to the clothesline. Hang clothes for a day to dry (except jeans which need about two days).

Step 15: Repeat for all other articles of clothing in your laundry load.

Those are the 15 easy steps to cleaning one’s clothes with a bucket. It only takes about four hours to wash (a small load) and about 30 hours to dry!

We have come to appreciate the invention of the conventional washer and dryer.

For those who are curious one can also use a bucket to take a shower, which we all got to do while in Dar es Salaam.




4 Responses to “Buckets”

  1. 1 Marianne Grace July 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Annie, thanks for the info. I was just wondering — is there anything else you have to use a bucket for? We love hearing from all of you! Marianne Grace

  2. 2 Ron Grace July 17, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    I can’t wait for kelly to come home and show me the proper use of bucket washing first hand. It will save on a lot of water in our house. We have a hose out back, several buckets and I’ll string up a close line for Kelly.
    As Marianne mentioned, I’m sure there are other uses for buckets.
    Keep up the messges, we love to read of your travels.
    Ron the former clothes washer, Grace

  3. 3 Katie July 21, 2007 at 2:53 am

    I just discovered this wonderful blog from you all, I only wish I had found this earlier upon my return from Ghana a couple weeks ago! I wanted to let you know that the bucket shower was such a highlight of my trip, I truly enjoyed the art and skill that went into cleansing oneself properly with the bucket! Reading your blog entries is making me jealous, and I wish I was back in Africa once more. Keep up your wonderful work, write down EVERYTHING, or take a picture of it if possible, and your appreciation for the small things will only accumulate upon your return home here. Safe Journeys!


    Katie Tente

  4. 4 Sung April 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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