What if Wednesday–Laundry and Mending

We take a lot of things for granted in today’s society. When our clothes get dirty, we drop them into the nearest washing machine, add a little detergent, and twist a dial or press a button. Voila! Our clothes come out clean and fresh. But, what if you no longer had access to a washing machine? Do you have a plan for cleaning clothes?

How about mending clothes? That’s something we rarely think about in today’s disposable society. If a shirt gets ripped, we either toss it out or make it into rags. Then we head to the mall and pick up a new one, right? What if there was no mall? Or Wal-Mart?

Do you know how to sew? How about mending socks? Do you have the necessary needles and thread? How about replacing a lost button or two?

Give some thought now as to how you’ll take care of clothing during and after a disaster. People were cleaning clothes for hundreds of years before the advent of the automatic washing machine. It can be done–learn how. Stock up on needles, thread, buttons, and other items necessary for mending clothing and learn how they are used. Trust me, you might have some romantic vision of making your own buckskin pants but I think you’ll find they aren’t quite as comfortable as those blue jeans you’re wearing now.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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  1. we bought a hand crank tiny washer years ago and it works great for my wifes (the Empress) delicate things. We were also the reciprient of a wonderful plunger powred wash macine made by a dear friend. I put in some towels and jeans to test it out and it is great. We bought a wringer from ehmans to help with the Drying.

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