Five Gallon Washing Machine!

Thursday, 24 May 2012 0 comments

It’s very easy to make a five gallon washing machine, you just need the following


  • Drill
  • Plunger
  • Five Gallon Bucket
  • Tight fitting lid
Building this unit is very simple, there are just 2 special design features to note that will make your washer work more effectively.

Tight entry hole
Cut the hole in the bucket lid to fit the plunger handle snugly, to ensure water doesn’t find its way up and into your face.
Plunger holes
Drill about a dozen 1/4″ on the sides and top of the plunger to allow the water a place to flow through.
If you skip this step, the cleaning efficiency of the system will be significantly diminished and the plunger will not pump up and down smoothly.

An even simpler design

You can simplify this design drastically, just fill one or two buckets with soapy water and your laundry, and stomp on your clothes barefoot. Here’s a clip from the movie “No Impact Man” about stomping on clothes to make them clean:


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