Portable Redneck Washing Machine
|May 2, 2012||Posted by thecheapskatemom under cleaning, diy, environment, home, household|
Laundry has always been the vain of my existence. Right now as I type, I have one load in the dryer to fold, one load in the washer, and about three loads in one over stuffed hamper. We don’t have much money and really can’t afford the laundromat. We are lucky to have a very old and literally falling apart stacking washer dryer which my husband has more or less learned to fix (it works even if it sounds like an airplane taking off!). Now that we have a baby, we generate a lot more laundry and the importance of having clean linens around is of utmost importance.
So- we can’t afford the laundromat. We can’t afford a new(er) washer. I don’t have the time to hand wash all of our clothes. So , being the research-a-holic that I am , I took to the internet and googled my heart out. I was delighted to stumble upon The Redneck Washing machine Wretha wrote about in Wretha’s Adventures Living 100% Off Grid.
|“What do you get when you combine a 5 gallon bucket and a toilet plunger? A redneck washing machine, aka an off grid washing machine. Well, maybe not a machine in the traditional sense, unless you consider my hands the motor. This is something I have been wanting to make for quite some time now. The other day while I was in town, I saw a toilet plunger on the shelf and put it in my cart. I also picked up 3 bottles of Mrs Stewart’s bluing, I’ll explain more about that in a bit.” – Wretha’s Adventures Living 100% Off Grid
excerpt reposted one time with permission
I know it may seem crazy, but knowing I can make do if I need to and make a portable washing machine with a toilet plunger and a bucket makes me feel empowered – I think it’s much better to save money now so that down the road we can afford a fancy system that will last a long time instead of the temporary convenience of the laundromat.