So you’ve moved into a place without washer or dryer hook-ups, which means that either there is going to be a whole lot of hand washing in your future, or you’re going to be schlepping your dirties to a laundromat. I’ve done both. I also hate both. But sometimes, when it comes to running out of clean clothes to wear, you just gotta do what you gotta do right?…..like the time I was running late for high school and to my annoyance discovered an empty underwear drawer….yes, I did exactly what you’re imaging….I dug into my hamper, pulled out a ‘lightly used’ pair and tugged them on. Hey, at least I turned them inside-out first….what kind of gross person do you think I am? 😉
It was an act of desperation. I did that only the one time though. Don’t act like you’ve never done something similar.
It still amazes me when this topic comes up, that people think that just because they don’t have hook-ups, that they are doomed to a life of scrounging under couch cushions – where unidentifiable life forms have colonized on that long lost cookie bite under there – looking for quarters for the laundromat. As I said you could always handwash them. But if filling up your bathtub with clothes, soap, and water and then stomping around on them like you’re squishing grapes in a barrel is not you’re idea of a fun afternoon, then there are all sorts of ‘portable’ washers out there. And yes, I have purchased a number of them over the years. Many are are not cheap, super tiny, and don’t do a good job of actually getting clothes clean. So I’m not going to get into those with this post.
Yes, you can easily utilize a full sized washer without standard hook-ups. For dirt cheap too! Naturally you’ll need a washing machine, and the one in this post is a top loader, so I have no idea if this would work for those fancy front loaders, but if you try it, comment below to let me know how it worked for you.
You’ll need: A faucet adapter. Standard washing machine fill & drain hoses (usually come with the machine). Gallon sized baggie. Packing tape. Furniture movers.
(sorry for the dark photos – I have a windowless kitchen, so it’s pretty dark in there)
First, move the machine into place. I purchased a pack of four furniture movers with cloth covers – those are the little pads that they sell at the hardware store that make moving heavy furniture easy – they just slide across the the floor with little effort. To easily move the washer in and out of the kitchen, I put one pad under each washer foot:
Next hook up your hoses. The faucet adapter, which can be found at your local hardware store, needs to fit your particular kitchen spout aerator, so what we did was take the aerator to Home Depot with us to make sure to purchase the correct size adapter. To hook it up, simply remove the aerator (the gloves help with grip to get everything tight):
Then screw on the adapter:
Note: you have to have the rubber washers inside or the adapter will leak. Next screw on the the standard fill hose:
Since you have only one spout at the kitchen sink – unless your weird and have two faucets – make sure that the other end of the fill hose is hooked up only to the COLD inlet on the washer!:
….and that your washer settings are ALWAYS set to COLD, even if you’re going to use hot water, it will all fill through the cold inlet and cold washer settings – you will be the one in control of the water temp via the kitchen faucet, not the washer.
Next is the drain hose. Sometimes you can just lay it in the sink to drain and that’s it – but that only works if your machine has a pretty pathetic water pump. Mine doesn’t….it’s got enough pressure to put out fires! That means that the drain water will explode into the sink and hence all over the kitchen. To direct the water I simply use a gallon sized baggie. Take the bag and cut off one corner:
Then stick the drain hose end at the top corner of the bag opposite (pointing away from) the cut bottom corner. Making sure that the zip on the bag is closed as tight as can be to the hose as possible. Next use a bit of packing tape (because it’s super buff), and wrap the tape around where the bag meets hose to keep the bag in place:
This is what it looks like once it’s all hooked up. I use the weight of the fill hose to help keep the drain hose from flying out of the sink:
Then plug in your washer – they use just your standard 110 outlet – turn it on and enjoy the time you’ve saved in not having to hand wash or make a trip to the laundromat 🙂
Important side note about draining washer water: when it comes time for the washer to drain, I still have to hold the hose/bag up otherwise the sink sucks the bag down, blocking the drain, which would mean an overflowing sink, yikes!:
Disclaimer: this post is only showing you how I personally tackle laundry day – I’m not responsible for any leaks, floods, or irate landlords if you hook your washer up this way.