We live in the country and do not have "city" water but we do have wells. The problem with our wells (and we have 3) are that they tend to dry up rather quickly. Because of this, we cannot use a washing machine. Besides that, we have not owned a "conventional" washer or dryer in over 5 years. (This was written many years ago. It has now been over 10 years and we still do laundry this way.) I got really tired of going to the Laundromat so I began doing some internet searching for ways to wash at home. We kind of combined ideas from many different places online and this is what works for us.
Here is the link to the homemade fabric softener!
Be sure to check out my post about line drying in the winter time!
If you have any questions or comments, we would gladly answer your questions and appreciate your comments.