My great laundry adventure
(a page from my Travel Journal)
This really happened to me during my first trip through Argentina. It was my second last day in Bariloche and I decided to send some of my clothes to the hotel’s laundry service. I looked up the procedure and the prices and got a bit of a shock: EUR 1.50 for a pair of socks!!! I don’t think so! Told myself to forget that idea and maybe just wash the essentials myself.
When I embarked on my trip, I’d bought several small packs of washing powder (which were still unused) so I decided to do the wash in the bathroom sink. I walked into the bathroom and had a wonderful brainwave. It just so happened that my room had a jacuzzi in the bathroom and when I saw it, I thought, hey, that would make a fantastic washing machine. So I filled up the tub (the jets were quite low in the tub so I didn’t have to fill the tub completely), threw in the washing powder, added bath foam (for extra strength) and…another brainwave, hair conditioner as a replacement for fabric softener. I figured, its purpose is to condition and soften hair so why couldn’t it do the same for cotton, right?
I soon had my clothes in there (since the tub was so big, I threw in any bit of clothing that was remotely dirty) and the water-jets were shooting away, spinning the clothes around and around. Perfect. I felt terribly pleased with myself.
I left the bathroom and let the water-jets and suds do their work. Ten minutes later, I walked into the bathroom and was confronted with a bubbly wonderland!! There was a mountain of bubbles that almost reached the ceiling and a carpet of bubbles that had spilled over the tub’s edge!! The suds were just everywhere! I almost crumpled to the floor in horror!
I beat myself a path through the bubbles, found the switch for the jacuzzi and turned it off. Right, that was step one. I then waited a bit for the mountain of bubbles to subside before draining the water. There was still a lot of suds left but after several washes, the tub was rid of them and my clothes looked incredibly clean!! The tub didn’t though: its white surface had turned a brownish-grey! So after hanging up my clothes to dry, I got down on all fours and scrubbed the tub clean.
Anyway, for those travellers out there who are reading this: doing your laundry in the bath-tub is a good idea (to save on laundry costs). Please skip the jacuzzi though! Go easy on the water and the soap and be prepared to clean the tub afterwards – leaving that to housekeeping would be really mean!