Airing my dirty laundry....
Monday, July 12, 2010
It's summer! But it is also rain season in Mexico. And the past couple of weeks have been nothing but cloudy days with lots and lots of rain.
Don't get me wrong, I love the rain. But I do have one very serious problem that just keeps getting bigger...
Six people. Changing clothes daily. (Sometimes more.) And no sun to line dry the clothes. Add to that, towels and bedding, and you've got Mount Washmore.
Why not throw the clothes in the dryer?
Most people in small town Mexico don't own a dryer. Many don't for economical reasons. Some have no where to put one. (Which is my case!) And a lot of them have no interest in one. The few people that I know that do own a dryer don't like to use them because they are bad for their electric bill. Light guzzlers.
Why not go to a lavanderia (laundromat)?
Whenever my grandparents and I would travel to San Luis, Sonora, we always did our laundry at the lavanderia, which just happened to be owned by one of Gramm's nieces. I grew up thinking that lavanderias were commonplace in Mexico. But I was wrong! Although I've seen lavanderias in many places throughout Mexico, there isn't one in my small town. There was one for about 2 months, but it closed it's doors due to a lack of business.
Then why not wash your clothes and hang them indoors to dry?
I only do this for certain types of clothing. I did it when I had to wash the kiddies' school uniforms. And I do it with the socks and undergarments that I wash by hand. The downside is that it takes most clothes more than a day to dry. And after a day of dampness, they start to smell weird. Not bad. Just not clean. Plus, the damp clothes hanging around the house aren't good for Nick's asthma.
So what are you going to do?
The same thing I do everyday during the summer. I'm going to wake up early, hoping that it isn't going to rain. Run a load of laundry. If it isn't raining, I'll hang the clothes on my clothesline in my back patio. If it starts to rain, I'll hang the clothes on hangers and hang them on my shower rod, along with the socks and undergarments that I washed by hand the night before. If it stops raining, I'll run the clothes outside, hoping that it won't rain again until the clothes are dry. But if it does start to rain again, I will bring the clothes back to the bathroom to continue drying on the shower rod. It's a vicious cycle!
And on the rare days that the sun does make an appearance, you can find me participating in my own marathon trying to get as much laundry done as humanly possible!