|To save bending, raise the bucket. (Cat optional.)|
This afternoon I washed the car.
Washing the car is a task which takes way too much bending and stretching for me, but sometimes it just has to be done.
So here's some of the tricks I've discovered.
- Raise the bucket. I used an upside down plant pot (a large one.) This saves bending to ground level.
- Fill the bucket in place, using the hose. Do not try to carry a bucket full of water. Use the bucket for mixing water and car wash liquid.
- Use the hose. (That was banned here during the worst of our 10 year drought, but I think lupies have a legitimate reason for doing it now.) Rinse dust off the car with the hose, on fairly high pressure.
- Then swish your cloth or sponge, soaked in the bucket with car washing liquid, over the car lightly. (Walk back and forwards to the bucket, rather than trying to move a full bucket around the car.) Only actually rub if there's spots to remove, otherwise work as lightly as possible so you're saving a bit of energy and your joints.
- Hose car down afterwards to rinse. Learn not to see any parts you can't reach easily. (You think that's a joke, don't you? I mean it. Unless there's actual bird poo eating through the paint on the roof of my car, the spray with the hose is the best it's getting. And I don't care if my tyre rims don't shine.)
- Unless you're especially bothered by water marks, don't bother to dry the car.
- Leave cleaning the inside of the car for another day - don't try to do both at once.
Of course, if you can afford it, the most energy-saving way to wash the car is to pay someone else to do it.