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Washing and drying clothes

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*Depending on just what you have in mind, a simple [[centrifuge]] to extract "most" of the water from the clothes should be one of the simplest possible human-powered devices. One needs only a circular "cage" mounted on an axis (horizontally would probably be best), and a bicycle-chain, drive shaft, or even a rope "belt" around pulleys from the power source. [[Pedal power]] would be ideal, but even a handcrank should work with this. -- [[User:Writtenonsand|Writtenonsand]] 15:07, 5 March 2008 (PST)
However, the best solution may be the one which was popular in Western countries before washing machines became popular, i.e. the mangle or [[clothes wringer]]{{WPwp sup|clothes wringer}}, in which clothes are passed between two rollers which squeeze them tightly.
Examples of wringers can be seen at [http://www.survivalunlimited.com/clothewringer.htm here at Survival Unlimited] - these start at around US$100, but it can be expected that they should be much cheaper in a developing country, especially if mass-produced. (Other pictures, including old-style wringers, can be seen at [http://images.google.com.au/images?q=clothes-wringer&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images Google image search].)
== Drying clothes ==
[[Image:Underware.jpg|thumb|right|Clothes hanging to dry in Parras, Mexico]]
Traditionally in most places, clothes are dried on a [[clothesline]]{{WPwp sup|clothesline}}. This practice uses readily free, [[renewable energy]] sources - wind and sunshine.
Care should be taken with colored clothes, as they may fade in the sun. They should either be left in the sun for a short time only, or dried in a shady position (or hung out overnight so that they are almost dry by sunrise - this may be less effective where there is heavy dew or fog).
Wealthier people (whether in developing or advanced countries) may choose to use [[clothes dryer|clothes dryers]]{{WPwp sup|clothes dryer|clothes dryers}} - they are seen as convenient and reliable, not dependent on weather. However, they are very wasteful of energy.
Some council codes (e.g. in many parts of Sydney, Australia) actually require developers to install clothes dryers.<ref>This contributes to the unexpected result that new apartments in Sydney use as much as or more energy than stand-alone houses.</ref> This is very wasteful of energy, and so sustainable alternatives are desirable. Where drying clothes in public view is not allowed, in order to maintain a tidy appearance, there are designs which can satisfy both [[sustainability]] and aesthetics. One approach is to have drying rooms (perhaps a small section of a balcony) with louvers to allow airflow. Another is to have the balcony railing designed in such a way (e.g. with louvers) that drying racks below a certain height are not visible from outside the building.

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