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How to Wash Clothes Without Electricity, like great grandma

Off Grid Amish Style Laundry Methods: Are you ready to do your laundry by hand to
get off the grid the way the Amish do? Learn off the grid laundry techniques and wash
clothes without electricity the way great grandma did back in the day!

Seven Ways to do your Laundry Off Grid
Grandma's mama was handy at doing laundry off grid, but it was hard work that
involved a washboard and a handwringer. With the luxury of technology you can do
laundry off grid with much less manual labor. We've outlined several ways to do your  
laundry by hand or without the use of electricity.

#1 Laundry the way Grandma or Great Grandma did it!
How did Grandma or Great Grandma do her laundry? Your great granny hung the
laundry in the fresh mountain air! To wash clothes without electricity, like Grandma
and Great Grandma did, you'll need:
  1. A washboard to get out the main dirt.
  2. A galvanized metal bucket to soak clothes.
  3. Lye Soap.
  4. Hand wringer for clothes, pictured top left.
  5. Clothes line, rope or a clothes rack.
  6. Clothes pins! Stock up on wooden clothes pins at the dollar stores.

  • Japanese Laundry. Pictured lower right in blue is a wash basin with a
    washboard included.

#2: Rapid Washer.
Get back to basics for emergency preparedness by adding RapidWasher to your
supply list in case of earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, or other natural disasters.
This inexpensive, hand-powered washing machine, pictured immediate right, can ship
to you for around $25. Use this plunger style laundry solution in the sink or with a
galvanized bucket.

#3: Alternative Miniwash
Pictured immediate right in blue and in pink, the alternative Miniwash is the most basic
type of mini washer. It requires a little more babysitting than similar models with
computer controls; however it is less expensive, and offers great flexibility. You can
pour water in manually or using the inlet hoses. You can also manually choose the
washing time and number of rinses, with computer control models, you don't have this
option. A very simple machine, there are very few places it can break. Upgraded to a
higher quality, longer-lasting, all copper motor.

#4 WonderWash.
Now you can wash a 5-lbs.-load super clean in just a couple of minutes with
WonderWash. WonderWash uses far less water than even hand washing, and it uses
no electricity either. You turn laundry by hand and therefore economically sound, and
great for environment. When you put warm or hot water into the drum, fit the lid in
place and seal the machine, the air inside the drum will absorb the heat of the water
and expand. When the air expands it creates pressure inside the drum. The pressure
forces the detergent into and through the fabric about 100 times faster than you could
by hand or machine.

No washing machine? Use Wonder Washer. BIG BUCKS OFF! No more quarters! Just
plug it in, fill with laundry, add soap and water and close the lid. Swish, swish... Things
are better already! Won't wash as much as at laundromat, but it'll get a load of socks
and underwear fresh and clean fast. Holds 7 liters (1 3/4 gal.). Great for dorms,
apartments, boats and RVs.

#5: Laundry Pod.
Much faster than hand washing your laundry, the Laundry Pod, pictured right green is
easy to use, and costs around $99.99 and ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
This powerful spinning, washing and draining system will clean clothes in less than 10
minutes! All you need is fill it about 6 Liters of water and 1.5 teaspoon of laundry

#6: Mobile Washer.
Pictured immediate right, this hand-operated clothes washer with a blue base, uses a
technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without
wearing them out. Uses minimal water and less soap (because of the agitation
motion). Use the mobile washer in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. Can also
rinse your clothes using fresh water. A great item to have with your emergency and
outdoor supplies. Great gift item for Military, Peace Corp, Church Missionaries to
remote world locations. Perfect for Preparedness focus or Green enthusiasts, and Off-
grid and RV use.

#7: Amish Washing Machine.
Amish people today, use a generator to power their laundry. (Go figure that the Amish
do not live with electricity, but apparently have no problem with diesel and other gas.)
In the old days; however, the Amish used a washboard (pictured upper left-hand of
the page) and good hot and soapy water! Families who live off the grid invest  in the
post-war era style wringer washers generated by diesel. Pictured right, the Diesel
Laundry Washer will run you around $250. That's the ultimate in luxury! It's the Amish
washing machine!

  • Amish-style Spin dryer. This a centrifugal clothes dryer, pictured at the bottom
    of the page, removes water and detergent from the clothes using a fast (3200
    rpm) spin speed. It doesn't blow hot air on the clothes nor get them 100% dry;
    however it extracts much more water from the clothes than a regular washing
    machine spin cycle, and is much gentler on clothes than a conventional tumble
    dryer. In an off grid world, this will be a luxury.

More Considerations for Off Grid Laundry

Why is fresh laundry so important?
It's interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of clothes in terms of
warmth. Dirts and oils degrade clothing and can have a significant impact on survival in
select situations, so it's important in uncertain times to remain as clean as possible.
Also, cleanliness has a role in mitigating disease.

Why might a prepper purposely wear dirty laundry?
There may be a time to air your dirty laundry! Indeed, a Prepper may find it necessary,
at some juncture, to camouflage in society by appearing as dirty as the others are, so
as not to attract unwanted attention. That's when wearing the dirty clothes may
become an important prepping strategy.

Prepper's Challenge - Off the Grid Laundry Day.
Try doing laundry off the grid! In the simplest form, doing laundry off the grid requires
a water source, plus, you'll need a family size washboard, a galvanized bucket a
wringer washer, and of course a clothes line. Do a week's worth of laundry without
using electricity. The exercise will enable you to understand your family's needs in the
event the unthinkable happens and we're all forced to
live off the grid.

How are many preppers planning on doing their laundry?
Conventional wisdom in the prepper world is to do things as inexpensively as
possible. Many preppers have simplified their off grid laundry to owning these items:
  1. Two five-gallon buckets
  2. On lid for the five gallon bucket
  3. liquid detergent (biodegradable soap, such as Planet Laundry Liquid)
  4. Toilet plunger
  5. Rope or clothes line
  6. Clothes pins and a clothes pin bag
  7. Net bag (optional to hold and squeeze laundry)

There are better ways to do your laundry off grid, but if you choose this method:
  • Choose a biodegradable soap or you will be polluting your garden foods
  • Be sure to label the buckets with a Sharpie, so you don't mix it up with
    the food grade buckets for your food storage or you will have chemicals
    leaching into your food!
  • Mark the toilet plunger as well, so you don't mix it up with the bathroom
    plungers, which would be very unsanitary. By the way, a Sharpie marker
    is item 98 on the 99 ways to spend a buck at the dollar stores.

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