Once I get the kids up and dressed and started on breakfast I take my bucket, dirty clothes, washboard, laundry brush, and detergent to the outside sink after turning on the water shutoff valve (There is a shutoff valve in our kitchen so that people aren’t using our sink as their water source instead of the pump.) A tablespoon of laundry detergent works well to clean a bucket of clothes or diapers. After clothes, detergent, and water are added to the bucket, my left hand/arm becomes the agitator as I mix things up and then let it soak for a few minutes. The washboard is good for clothes that are only mildly dirty (basically mine and Jeneson’s clothes) and just need a little extra scrub to get clean. Since the kids play in the dirt all day their clothes usually get double duty with both the washboard AND a good scrubbing with the laundry brush. After all the clothes are washed and put aside, I rinse out the bucket, add the clothes back in and turn on the water. They all get a little manual agitation again as a ‘rinse cycle’ before I wring them all out, put it all back in a now clean, empty bucket and take it to the front porch to hang for drying. The diaper laundry gets an extra soap ‘cycle’ and a few more rinse ‘cycles’ to make sure that all the detergents gets rinsed out.
The advantage of the dry season is that the temps are nice and warm and the humidity nice and low so that the clothes and diapers dry quite quickly. This will NOT be the case during the rainy season when it will take a day or two (or maybe even 3) for the clothes to dry out. All told, I spend about an hour total each day doing the laundry from washing the clothes to hanging, folding, and putting them away.
The biggest washing hassle I have is doing my and Jeneson’s pants and the bed sheets and bath towels. They are just a pain because of their size and are therefore more labor intensive.