Here are some ideas and tips that i have put together to do your laundry during your hajj journey..
There are laundromats in both makkah and madinah but you going to pay a price..
so i suggest you take with you the following convenient tools..
• some plastic or wire hangers
• a travel clothes line or
• some string and pegs
• washing powder or handwash liquid..
trying to pack lighter clothing that are quick drying and wrinkle resistant, choose fabrics such as polyester and nylon, that are pretty wrinkle resistant and dry very quickly.
it’s not only classic laundry detergent that can be used for hand washing – you can also utilize your shampoo or even a bar of soap. it would be beneficial to invest in a multipurpose product on shorter trips that can be used as a washing liquid, dish detergent, body wash and shampoo but on longer trips you have to use what you can.
on shorter trips, you can also pack a few single use detergent packets such as these for a quick wash on the go.
add your chosen detergent to fill the sink, tub, bucket, or even ziplock bag with cool/warm water. follow the instructions from the garment care label, most will say hand wash in cold water. remember to stick to garments of similar coloring if washing newer clothing, colors can still bleed!
wash the clothes by swirling them around in the water. apply extra “detergent” directly to any stains or particularly dirty spots, rubbing the fabric against itself to help get a thorough clean. leave the garments to soak for 20-30 minutes for a regular wash or 1-2 hours for dirtier items. if your clothing is very filthy, an overnight soap soak might be in order.
drain the soapy water and rinse the garments under the tap to get rid of the excess soap and detergent. for an extra clean feel, let the clothing soak for 5-10 minutes in clean water to remove the soap with ease rinse clothes well then hang the clothes overnight to dry ideally outdoors if the weather permits. alternatively, the bathroom is a good location when you can’t hang the clothing outside. when possible, hang garments as close to the air conditioning, fan, or heater as you can or leave the windows open (if suitable and safe) to allow air circulation.