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Hobbitmomma
June 26th, 2013, 10:44 AM
Has anyone tried bringing Woolite or the like and rinsing a few things out in the sink? Do they dry in a timely manner? (What with the humidity in the Caribbean and all) I want to bring work out clothes but I was hoping to only bring two sets and just hand wash and wear again rather than 6 sets. Thanks.

Janet524
June 26th, 2013, 10:47 AM
If your work-outs are the lightweight nylon kind they should dry overnight. Heavier fabrics take a bit longer.

clarea
June 26th, 2013, 10:49 AM
Has anyone tried bringing Woolite or the like and rinsing a few things out in the sink? Do they dry in a timely manner? (What with the humidity in the Caribbean and all) I want to bring work out clothes but I was hoping to only bring two sets and just hand wash and wear again rather than 6 sets. Thanks.
We have found it takes a long time for things to dry. However, I have it on supreme authority that if you roll the clothes in a towel, and then sit on the rolled up towels, you can reduce the drying time significantly.

reallyitsmema
June 26th, 2013, 10:51 AM
Has anyone tried bringing Woolite or the like and rinsing a few things out in the sink? Do they dry in a timely manner? (What with the humidity in the Caribbean and all) I want to bring work out clothes but I was hoping to only bring two sets and just hand wash and wear again rather than 6 sets. Thanks.
If you do decide to hand wash, roll the clothes in dry towels afterwards to get most of the water out. Just ask your steward for a few extra bath towels. Hang them in the main cabin, not the bathroom, to get more air flow and they should dry just fine overnight.

jackdiamond
June 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
If you do decide to hand wash, roll the clothes in dry towels afterwards to get most of the water out. Just ask your steward for a few extra bath towels. Hang them in the main cabin, not the bathroom, to get more air flow and they should fry just fine overnight.
But will they burn?

reallyitsmema
June 26th, 2013, 11:02 AM
But will they burn?
Read your reply three times before I saw it.:o Thanks.

labeachcomber
June 26th, 2013, 11:21 AM
Has anyone tried bringing Woolite or the like and rinsing a few things out in the sink? Do they dry in a timely manner? (What with the humidity in the Caribbean and all) I want to bring work out clothes but I was hoping to only bring two sets and just hand wash and wear again rather than 6 sets. Thanks.

I have never taken more than 2 sets of workout clothes, space is a premium in my suitcase. My workout clothes are quick dry, so it's never been a problem. I do the same thing with some travel underwear to avoid having to bring 7+ pairs.

Insert "You're not allowed to use a clothesline on your balcony" comment here.... (Come on, I'm sure somebody will say it!)

cb at sea
June 26th, 2013, 11:34 AM
If I need to dry something fast, I hang it on a hanger from the AC vent....and yes....blot out as much water as you can before hanging!!

LBeeE
June 26th, 2013, 12:07 PM
I washed my swimwear and pool cover-up in the shower each evening with the shampoo/soap provided in the dispenser, wool lite would have been a better option, didn't think of that. There was a clothesline in the shower, I dried my swimwear there, but don't forget to take it out before the next person showers! My pool cover-up is a cotton sundress variety, and I attached to one of the chairs on our balcony and let it air dry as we cruised. I went out every few hours on the balcony during the evening and rearranged it so it would dry fully. There was only one night it didn't dry completely, but I never went out and rearranged it the previous night so it could have been my fault. I had to use the hairdryer on it the next morning. It didn't feel sticky from the humidity. There actually wasn't nearly as much humidity in the Caribbean the week we were there as I had expected, FL was much more humid.

Shak
June 26th, 2013, 01:24 PM
I have been hand washing clothing on cruises for a few years now and this is the method I have found successful. Before that though products with fabric softeners leave a waxy residue on clothing and that may impair the fabric from absorbing water thus reducing its wicking properties for the newer fabrics that dry quickly. Most of my day ware I take on cruises are made of these quick drying fabrics.

For soap I use CampSuds. It is a soap concentrate that many backpackers use and it also comes in a convenient 2oz bottle that is a perfect size for travel. You can buy it locally at most camping/outdoor stores or on Amazon. Wal-Mart also has a generic version.

After washing I roll the clothing up in a towel to reduce the moisture and hang them usually in shower. I have never had any quick drying fabrics take longer then overnight to dry but some of my natural fabrics like my cotton or wool sock may take longer.

Shak

http://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Dawn-Campsuds-8oz/dp/B00194BOJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372265418&sr=8-1&keywords=campsuds

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-guy/Why-is-fabric-softener-considered-harmful-to-technical-apparel-.html

Langley Cruisers
June 26th, 2013, 01:45 PM
You know where I find stuff dries fast? In the closet! Yes, really. I hang my delicates on hangers, put them in the closet, space them out so the air can flow around them, and in the morning they are dry. Works like a dream every cruise. :)
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yj_eugene
June 26th, 2013, 01:48 PM
and yes....blot out as much water as you can before hanging!!

Bring a large Shamwow, roll the wet clothes up in that, then wring away. Gets them well on the way to being dry.

Keith1010
June 26th, 2013, 02:57 PM
We do bring woolite.

Keith

ducklite
June 26th, 2013, 03:42 PM
I brought a trial size bottle (about 1.5 ounces) of liquid All with me on a B2B last year. Every day I used a bit in the sink to wash bras and other delicates. I squeezed the water out in a towel (didn't wring--I might as well have sent them to the laundry otherwise!) and then hung them over the shower line. Most were dry by dinner, now and then it took until the next morning. At home my bras take a lot longer to dry than my tech wear workout clothes, so I think you'll be fine.

Just because the air outside is humid, it doesn't mean the air conditioned cabin air is.

Krazy Kruizers
June 26th, 2013, 04:09 PM
DH had Nylon items for working out in the gym.

I like to hand wash my delicates as well.

I do wring out by hand and then roll them in towels to get more water out.

I am fortunate that I can buy packets of Tide liquid soap for traveling.

Krazy Kruizers
June 26th, 2013, 04:10 PM
DH has Nylon items for working out in the gym.

I like to hand wash my delicates as well.

I do wring out by hand and then roll them in towels to get more water out.

I am fortunate that I can buy packets of Tide liquid soap for traveling.

chengkp75
June 26th, 2013, 05:32 PM
One caution that I must point out to people who intend on hanging a lot of clothes in their cabin to dry.

DO NOT USE THE SPRINKLER CAGE to hand anything. Many times in my career on cruise ships, we found people who said "I'll be real careful" when hanging a hanger on the sprinkler. The thermal glass bulb (little red thing in the middle) is extremely fragile, and once broken, there is nothing that will stop your cabin from flooding.

When a sprinkler alarm goes off (caused by flow of water in the pipes), the bridge will notify Security to check for a fire, and will also notify the Staff Chief Engineer, who will go to the location of the shut off valve for that sprinkler zone, and when informed by Security that there is no fire, I will shut off the valve and stop the water. I found one cabin where when we opened the door, a 4 foot high wave came out of the cabin into the passageway. Needless to say, those people's belongings were soaked, and the adjoining cabins had water on the carpets.

So, go ahead and feel free to hang your stuff up to dry, just stay well away from the sprinkler.

OCruisers
June 26th, 2013, 05:34 PM
:eek: The absolute worst place to hang clothes to dry is on your balcony!
Not only are you not suppose to do this ... but things will get some salt spray on them no matter how high up your balcony is!

LuLu
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paul929207
June 26th, 2013, 05:53 PM
Another option: Some cruise ships have passenger laundry facilities. They run about $2 per load to wash and to dry.

Nebr.cruiser
June 26th, 2013, 07:26 PM
We wash out clothes all the time--I do my workout wear because I don't want to bring more than 2-3 sets, and underwear. My husband sometimes even washes out t-shirts.

I have brought Woolite before, but usually just use the bar soap or shampoo provided--works fine (I rinse really well). I usually roll things up in a towel, then either hang in the shower on the clothesline or on the backs of the chairs on the balcony, securing with clips or pins.

Things in the shower dry amazingly fast. Cotton shirts, etc. take longer, of course.

We also do the self-laundry, if a ship has it, and it's a longer cruise.

Doug S
June 26th, 2013, 07:34 PM
If in the morning they're still a bit damp, a minute or two with the blow dryer and you're good to go.

NMLady
June 26th, 2013, 07:50 PM
Has anyone tried bringing Woolite or the like and rinsing a few things out in the sink? Do they dry in a timely manner? (What with the humidity in the Caribbean and all) I want to bring work out clothes but I was hoping to only bring two sets and just hand wash and wear again rather than 6 sets. Thanks.

I pack a sham wow which gets most of the water out, then use a ship's bath towel to wring out more, then hang it on the shower rope. Sometimes, before I go to bed I blow warm air on it with the hair dryer. It'll be dry for sure when you want to wear them since you won't be wearing them the very next day.

Goldygolfer
June 26th, 2013, 08:35 PM
I bring about 12 pegs (clothes pins) in a small zip lock bag. They don't take up much room (or add much weight for those who are flying) and clothes dry much quick if pegged (pinned) on the line in the bathroom than when folded over the line. With this method, I find that my "smalls" dry overnight.

sail7seas
June 26th, 2013, 10:05 PM
I rinse out my 'dainties' using ship provided shampoo. I figure if it is gentle enough for my hair, it is gentle enough for my hand laundry. :) I've done that for years and it has always been satisfactory. I bring small clips and hang the items off the clothes line over the tub.

OCruisers
June 27th, 2013, 09:32 AM
:) I use the shampoo too! Works great for my needs.

The only things I wash out on ship are our bathing suits and my undies.
Everything else either goes out for cleaning or back home dirty.

LuLu
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NoWhiners
June 27th, 2013, 02:38 PM
Just a quick note--you don't have to wash your bathing suit at night. all the pools I've seen onboard have a shower nearby. Just go to the shower right after you get out of the pool and rinse the chlorine off the suit (and you), then go sit by pool for a little while to dry off a bit. I sit on extra towels if needed. Nice to get the chlorine out of the material and you can rinse yourself off too.

Just an option.

good luck
ML

chengkp75
June 27th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Just a quick note--you don't have to wash your bathing suit at night. all the pools I've seen onboard have a shower nearby. Just go to the shower right after you get out of the pool and rinse the chlorine off the suit (and you), then go sit by pool for a little while to dry off a bit. I sit on extra towels if needed. Nice to get the chlorine out of the material and you can rinse yourself off too.

Just an option.

good luck
ML

Actually, you are supposed to use the showers before and after using the pool, but no one bothers. Good suggestion, especially if you use the hot tubs a lot, as the high chlorine level has boiled out the stitching in some swimwear after a couple of days.

OCruisers
June 27th, 2013, 05:28 PM
Good suggestions IF you use the pools on the ship.
Our bathing suits are from the beach and are nasty & sandy.

LuLu
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Shak
June 27th, 2013, 07:04 PM
I wash my bathing suit for the same reason I wash my other clothing.

Shak

Cruisin' Chick
June 27th, 2013, 07:38 PM
Usually I bring a little Woolite or similar hand washing liquid in a small bottle for my hand washables, as well as the allergen-free detergent for use in the self-service laundry room (we have someone who's allergic to regular detergent in our family). I forgot the last time, so I used the bar soap provided to get some suds going. I also forgot the clothes hook (I swear I was about to grab both while packing, but maybe I got distracted by a phone call or something), so I was using the wire hangers we were using in the garment bag and hanged the items on the clothesline in the shower.

Some of the items were machine washable but were items belonging to my daughter and me that I usually air dry or partially air dry, and I didn't trust my hubby to wait for me to come with him to the laundry room (he throws all of his clothes automatically in the dryer and on a high setting).

Izzybeff
June 27th, 2013, 08:51 PM
I almost always end up washing something when I'm cruising. I just take a travel size tide with me and use a little bit in the sink with each item. If you rinse well, roll up and squeeze out the excess water with a towel I've had everything but pants dry over night. I refuse to travel with anything more than my carry on suitcase and my tote bag so the max clothes I bring is about 5-6 days worth.