No, it is not beating our clothes against the rocks or having everything dry cleaned. It is the type of machine I used beginning in 1963. They were called Suds-Saving Washing Machines. They didn’t look any different than the ones without this feature.
Seems to me it is about time to start looking at these water and soap saving machines once again due to the drought conditions in many parts of the U.S.
Here is how they worked.
When the wash cycle was done instead of sending the wash water done the drain. The water would empty into the stationary wash tub and be kept there waiting for the next load. The rinse water went down the drain.
Once the load was done, I would put the second load in the washing machine and start the wash cycle which would then pump the soapy wash water back into the machine. There usually was a small amount of dirt particles found on the bottom of the tub and was quickly cleaned out before the wash water once again was deposited in the tub from the next load. I would add a small amount of additional soap, insert the clothes, which were washed and the cycle saving the wash water was repeated. I usually did my loads of laundry in such a way that I got three loads done before I would let the wash water flow down the drain. I would then start the machine on the fourth load with a new wash water and use the Subs-Saver for the rest of my laundry.
Of course in those days laundry was usually done in one day. I did white clothes first, then towels, and then rags. When the wash water changed I would do light color clothes, then dark colors clothes, jeans were next, and last were throw rugs.
I saved not only water but wash soap as well and, believe me, the clothes were clean.
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The car manufacturers complied, the new model cars got better gas mileage, and the consumers started buying those autos. After all, we all wanted to save money when it came to buying gas. Of course, less gas consumption – meant the price of gas went up. Surprise, Surprise!!!
Now the highway trust fund is at the risk of running out of money starting August 1, 2014 – that was just last week. Why you ask? It seems the fund isn’t receiving enough money from gasoline tax to supply highway funds to every state in the U.S.A. Many state projects will be hit hard and projects such as road construction, repair projects will have to be postponed, cancel, or just stay on the drawing boards.
You ask how did this happen? The answer can be found in three sentences. Thanks to the more efficient cars – remember the ones the government insisted be built. The price of a gallon of gas, which has kept travel down has affected the tax base. Since 2007, there has been a 6% decline in gasoline consumption.
There is a lot of posturing by the government on how this deficit can be fixed. I’ll just bet – since the gasoline tax hasn’t been raised since 1993 and the consumer price index has jumped 61% in the same time frame – the government will have to take some action. Either raise the gasoline tax or pass a law to outfit vehicles using public roads with GPS mileage tracking devices. The government will then start a whole new government agency for tracking, printing of yearly mileage bills, and hiring more federal employees. Sounds like one of their plans to me. What do you think????
According to an article written my Aimee Picchi – Yahoo Autos – end of June 2014. The nation’s transportation sector is facing a fiscal cliff.
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Oh and don’t forget – the government has stated the cost of living hasn’t gone up. Yet, every time I go to the grocery store, I get less groceries, and spend more money. What is wrong with this picture!??