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Columbus Washboard 2072 Family Size Washboard
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- 12-7/16 x 23-3/4 overall^10-7/8 x 11 workspace^Wood frame metal wash surface
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Family Size Washboard - 10-3/4" x 11" rubbing surface. 12-7/16" x 23-3/4" overall. Hand assembled, fully mortised and nailed at 6-points. Wood frame metal wash surface. - Rubbing Width: 10-3/4", Rubbing Height: 11", Overall Width: 12-7/16", Overall Height: 23-3/4", Frame Material: White Pine, Color: Silver, Type: Family Size
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I live in an efficiency, very small with no windows. my building has laundry rooms on every floor. but i don't always have money for that with a 1.75 to wash and a 1.50 to dry. I'm one of those people who lets everything pile up to the end of the month and does it all on one day.
i decided to get this washboard due to my 'lack of money' situation. and i must say, once you get the hang of it? it works like a charm. i googled the whole 'how to wash with a washboard' thing and followed the steps carefully. because of this it took for ever (my computer is in my bed-area while i was in bathroom doing everything). but once i got everything down, i washed half the month's laundry in about four hours. what it usually would have taken me to do my laundry in a washer... with a work out included.
it's big enough and durable enough to do towels, however, >_> i'm not strong enough to wring them out by hand so i think i'll stick to washing them in the washer. but my clothes have never felt this clean. I'm really happy i bought this. i'm thinking of doing the laundry everyday as part of my morning routine after a shower to keep the washing down.
it's alot of fun.
Firstly, amazon did an amazing job shipping this FAST! I received it about a day and a half after I placed my order!
Now, onto the washboard itself: so far, it has performed exactly as it is supposed to. This was made to be used, so it is very sturdy and well built. It feels very solid. You can tell this wasn't just thrown together. The wooden frame is very nice quality, and the metal surface is thick and not at all flimsy.
The metal scrubbing surface on this is large, so you can scrub shirts and smaller sized pants (kids, even small adults), without any issue. It is really fantastic at getting socks/undies sparkling clean! I've never had whiter, brighter socks! It really gets them cleaner than any washer I've ever used, and that is without the use of bleach!
Having never used a washboard before purchasing this one, I was surprised at how smooth the metal scrubbing surface is. I know another reviewer commented negatively regarding this, feeling that a smooth waved surface would not scrub clothes well. Let me tell you, it works amazingly! Clothes come out clean, it is fast, and you aren't tearing up your hands and clothes on a rough surface!
By the way, I used zote laundry bar soap with my washing board. I just wet each article of clothing to be washed, squeezed out the excess water, rubbed it with a bit of zote and scrubbed for a minute or so on the board. It suds up very well! Then, just dunk your clothes in clean rinse water, wring it out and hang it on the clothesline (or throw in the dryer).
Finally, I love the art deco look of the print on the front and back of the board. I can hang it on the wall of my laundry room, it doesn't take up much space and looks nice.
I really couldn't be more pleased with this washboard! If you're on the fence, go for it, you won't regret it!
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It was just a tool to help us bridge a gap at first, but what surprised us both was just how WELL this thing works. I've used a lot of washing machines, some small, some large, some cheap, and some expensive, and none of them comes close to how clean this gets your laundry. I think we forget sometimes that washing machines are not really designed to make the laundry cleaner -- they're there to save us our labour, and even the best of them still doesn't do what a single person and a washboard can.
We used this washboard for two and a half straight years, and never went back to the laundromat. It's still in good condition -- the wood has warped a little from being in the water so much, but the board itself is still just fine. We've moved on since then, and now that we have our own washing machine in the home, we don't do much laundry by hand. But we still have this washboard, just in case the machine breaks down -- or in case we should ever need to get something REALLY clean.
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