When traveling for multiple weeks, I hand-wash items in my hotel sink. Lingerie, socks, workout clothes, under-jacket camisoles …. Just about anything that’s washable might get washed so I can wear it again. This keeps my packing down to a minimum and I don’t get an enormous dry cleaning bill at the end of my stay.
I use my hotel room’s sink to do this hand-washing and it usually works quite well. I’ve heard of people using the hotel coffee pot to do their hand-washing of lingerie items, but that’s disgusting! But I actually had that very thought today. Why?
Because the sink had no way to hold the water. The stopper was missing!
Yes, I could ask the hotel to fix this but today is Sunday. I learned last Sunday in this same hotel when I had a burned out light bulb that the maintenance crew is off for the weekend.
So … I had no sink stopper and I wasn’t going to revert to the coffee pot (actually, it’s a large pot for hot water as I am in Europe) and there is no ice bucket in the room either (little plastic trays are available at the ice machine). My room only has a shower, so using a bathtub isn’t an option either. Hmmm, what to do?
Ah ha! I did do some shopping this week and have plastic shopping bags. This should work!
I filled up a shopping bag with warm water and laundry soap (hotel shower gel or shampoo works ok too), added my washables and voila! A mini wash-machine!
This worked great! I sloshed my clothes around to give them a decent wash, drained the “wash machine,” then rinsed and hung everything. If I hadn’t had the shopping bag, the plastic dry cleaner bag would have also worked.
Keep this in mind if you ever need to hand wash a few items and the sink stopper isn’t holding the water.
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