The “event” on January 9, 2009, was a broken water pipe at the top end of the street. I think it was on private property, according to what I was told. They did their repairs using PVC or other plastic type pipe and glued parts together.
The glue and plastic residues somehow back-washed into my drinking water, and I had a full load of laundry in at the time. ALL of my remaining safe clothes were in the machine, except for what I was wearing.
I was told it was impossible for the back-wash to happen, but happen it did. Since they didn’t want to believe it was possible, they did nothing about it to help. I could not afford to send water samples to a lab as evidence, and was too sick to pursue it.
The chemical residues would not wash out of my clothing or the plastic drum of the washer. I tried washing them dozens of times…
I didn’t tolerate any of the chemicals in tap water after that and couldn’t afford water filtration systems, and couldn’t find funding for it.
I had to buy spring water in glass bottles for all my drinking, cooking, and clothes washing needs, and I got sick every time I showered (even with 2 filters at a time) or washed my dishes. Heart palpitations, dizziness, and more brain fog are what I remember (and still get from unfiltered water).
I managed to detox some clothing using lake water while at the cabin, but have been unable to figure out a safe for me way to resolve the situation here.
Here at least I have some water filtration inside, which helps a great deal. Yet I don’t have a sink in the laundry room where I could soak small things to detox them, and I can’t carry big pots of water back and forth anymore.
I don’t have a way to wash heavy things or wring them out by hand. I am just not physically able. And without a dryer, I often can’t wash the few things I do have, because the air is too humid for them to hang dry before they get mildewy.
I am running out of things to wear again.
I can’t buy used machines because the regular laundry product residues (some of which seem designed to be permanent) that I am so disabled by are impossible to remove.
New machines have manufacturing oil residues, with some new rubber and plastic parts that can off-gas for years. Stainless steel is much easier to clean, and doesn’t absorb contaminants like plastics do, but the motors can still emit fumes when hot until they are burned off, and I can’t do the cleaning myself, or burn off the motors here.
New hoses would be an issue too, and I’d probably need to find food grade hoses. Unfortunately no-one is making filters to filter the machine water from the hoses.
I really need safe-for-me machines with SS interiors, and help to get them. I don’t have the physical strength to keep this up.