Today I got to hand wash the laundry. Our septic is acting up and won't take anymore. I need to meter out doing laundry and have been falling behind a load a day. I am now about six loads behind and decided to do laundry in the tub. This uses a lot less water. I was able to wash two loads of laundry in about 10 gallons of water compared to the 30 gallons or so it takes just to do one load in my machine and my machine doesn't get the clothes as clean as my washboard. Yes, it's more work and I won't be doing this everytime, but it sure is nice to have white socks again. Using homemade laundry soap and homemade lye soap on the tough spots, my clothes are getting clean again. I think I do need a new washer. The one I have barely agitates the clothes. But it's on the bottom of the "to buy" list.
I'm going to go and try another load and then use some good ointment on my poor hands.