In Africa it is not uncommon for there to be no washer, and never a dryer. So we will have to wash the clothes by hand for at least one month. Drying we have gotten used to, because there are no dryers in Europe so we just hang them up and the sun dries them. Luckily everywhere we have gone before this has had a washer –in Spain, in Italy, in France, in Germany, in Arusha, and in Stone Town, although not in Nungwi. We soak the clothes in a tub of water with laundry detergent and scrub the clothes together to get any stains off. Then we have to rinse and squeeze them to get out the soap (laundry detergent). After all of that we just hang it all up to dry and then it is all ready for wearing again.

Washing by hand is hard work. My hands get awfully sore after doing it. We sometimes (usually) have to wear dirty clothes over again before washing them. With towels you really have to let them soak, and wringing them out is especially difficult.