Once or twice, very early in our marriage, there was too much month left over at the end of the money. Not even change for doing laundry. I "foot-washed" a whole batch of uniform shirts this way, and ironed them dry.
Elfmama -- my kindred spirit!
I've done the same thing for the same reasons and it truly works quite well! Necessity is
the mother of invention.
Truth be told, and I am ashamed to admit this . . . the uniforms were my then-DH's (now my ex, gee I wonder why?
) and his work place actually had a free laundry service for the uniforms. He didn't like using the service because they mixed up the uniforms (sometimes different sizes) and came back scratchy and stiff. So, being the newlywed (21-yr-old, 30 years ago) happy homemaker that I aspired to be, I used this approach when we were broke.