I read on one of Gene Logsdon's (The Contrary Farmer, Small Scale Grain Raising, etc.) posts recently that using a washing machine is a good way to get clean clothes clean, but that if you have dirty farming clothes, a washboard is better. He even explained how to use one (not that he admitted that he has, but evidently he's witnessed the wife doing it often enough to be an armchair expert on the matter). At any rate, it occurred to me that I've planned for laundry when things might go south, but having a good old fashioned washboard might be a big help. And Gene says they do a really good job of getting clothes clean. So I sprung for one. Bought it off of Amazon (my favorite General Store these days - really) for around twenty-four dollars.
On the one hand, I'm really curious to try this thing, but on the other hand, the only way that I could fit doing laundry this way into my schedule is if the ship really did hit the sand and I don't have a job again and we're living off our soon-to-be PV system's electricity which I need for the fridge and freezer so there's no using it for laundry or anything else so frivolous. I really hope it never comes to that, but in case it does, I should have the laundry nicely covered, now that I have the washboard.
It goes with the half dozen bars of Fels Naptha soap I bought for a buck six apiece and threw into the back of the laundry cupboard. They don't take up much room and will keep forever.
The only problem I can foresee is that there won't be enough Scotch to get me through all that soap.