How to do Laundry in Santa Familia
David helped us wash the hammocks, which had gotten dirty and smelly from all the rain, and asked us to take a picture of him doing it "to show people how we do it here"! So, here you get an impression how the people of Santa Familia (and most probably elsewhere in villages in Belize) do their laundry, if they don't have a washing machine. I have also seen them using a washboard, like we used to in Germany in older times. We here on the farm are actually still using the old washing machine I got 4 years ago, where you have to let the cold water in, pour your soap onto the laundry and turn it on. The water will not heat up, but the machine just turns the laundry for a maximum of 15 minutest (this is what the time settings will allow). Then you let the water out, put fresh water in, and restart. One more time, this time with fabric softener, and you can put the washed clothes into the spinner to get some of the water out. Then it gets hung up, hopefully on the clothes line in the sunshine, lately on the verandah, because of all the rain. Still, it is a lot more comfortable than washing by hand (see picture), but also a lot less comfortable than those German washing machines, where you put the laundry in and it all gets done more or less by itself, including the spinning. But we got used to it and don't mind it at all.