You are here: Home Living The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg August 25, 2014, 1:06 pm 698 Views 4 Comments Need a DIY clothes dryer? That’s easy: string up a line between two trees, fence posts, or whatever you’ve got. A DIY washing machine, however, is just a bit more involved… but as I’ve discovered after poking around, not much more. With a repurposed container for a “drum,” and a few other easily-available materials, you can be washing your clothes and getting some exercise in a few hours. 5 Plans for DIY Washing Machines 1. The Hillbilly Washer We’ll start simple here – all you need for this project are a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet plunger, and a drill. Your arms will get a good workout… 2. The Slightly More Deluxe 5-Gallon Bucket Washer If you want to take a slight step up from #1, just get your hands on a second bucket. You’ll be able to drain wash and rinse water much easier, and even add a spin function: 3. The Large Drummed DIY Washer a 5-gallon bucket won’t hold a lot of laundry at once… but a thirty gallon will! See how to join it up with a 55-gallon pickle barrel for a large-capacity washer that still requires no electricity: 4. The Lever-Action Off-Grid Washer Now we’re getting just a bit more complex. Designed with the developing world in mind, the use of a lever gives a user more power for less human energy. The complete plans for Michael Perdriel’s invention are available at Make; you’ll need quite a few materials for this one. (via Survivopedia, which has also published a few other plans) 5. The Pedal Powered Washer This isn’t the first time we’ve featured one of these – Homeless Dave’s plan appeared on sustainablog years ago – but John and Christy’s pedal-powered washing machine is mighty sweet! This one requires some serious maker skills – there’s some welding involved, for instance. I’d imagine, though, that a foot/leg powered machine would be a little easier to power for the 10-20 minutes required to get your clothes clean. Watch the video, and then check out this young couple’s other efforts to live more sustainably in the D.C. area: Of course, there are lots of other designs and plans out there – if you’ve got one you prefer to those above, make your case in the comments below. Image credit: Screen capture from “Human Powered Clothes Washer DIY” video See more Previous article Jamie Oliver’s Crusade To Prove U.S. Food Safety Unfit For UK Next article Fermenting Video and Resources for Home Fermentation 4 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003! Pingback:Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003! Pingback:Crafting a Green World | The home for green crafts and tutorials! Pingback:School Design Project: Bicycle Powered Washing Machine | Angela Bonanno Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.