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best off grid washers.

Laundry Method #4: Easy-Go Wash Wand
The Easy-Go-Wash manual handwasher, like the name implies,
it's easy to use and effective. Just partially fill two five-gallon
buckets with water, then add laundry detergent and put clothes
inside. We suggest using a colored bucket to distinguish these
buckets from the food-grade kind.

Next, place the
EasyGo Washing Wand on top of clothes and push
down and pull up to activate the washing and cleaning of clothes.
The water is pushed and sucked through the clothes to provide a
thorough cleaning. The average washing machine uses 40 gallons
per cycle compared to 10 gallons or less for Washing Wand! Again
you'll need to supply the bucket.

Laundry Method #5: WonderWash.
Get cranking! The WonderWash, pictured right will help you wash
a 5-lbs.-load super clean in just a couple of minutes.
WonderWash uses far less water than even hand washing, and it
uses no electricity either.

You turn laundry by hand which is 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.

Laundry Method #6: Laundry Pod.
Much faster than hand washing your laundry, the Laundry Pod,
pictured right, is easy to use, efficient and effective. It tackles
heavy or delicate loads, and it's much faster than hand washing.
It uses no electricity and uses less than three gallons of water.
To use, just fill it with water and drain with the attached hose.
There's not need to wring out your clothes because the spinning
is highly effective and efficient.

The price has gone down from around $99 to around $70. It's
great for light loads, but if you're going to be washing heavy
jeans most of the time, then this is not the laundry option for
you. Get ready to put in some muscle power because this isn't
going to be easy.

Laundry Method #7 WonderWasher.
There's no need to connect to a water source when
you have a
Wonderwasher (not to be confused with the
similarly named WonderWash). The WonderWasher will swish
your clothes clean. The caveat is that you will need to plug this
in, so it's not totally an off-grid washing machine. Yes this is an
electric portable mini washing machine, but you can rig
something off-grid with a small generator or
mobile solar

No more quarters! WonderWasher is ideal for apartments,
dorms, boats and RVs. 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.

Laundry Method #8: Giantex Twin Tub.
If you want an off-grid laundry experience that resembles the
modern conveniences, you can try a more sophisticated
washing machine like the
Giantex Twin Tub Portable Washing
pictured right. It very affordable at around $129.

Relief yourself from hand washing with the Giantex twin tub
portable washing machine. This compact twin tub washing
machine, which is prefer for doing laundry in a compact
environment. As for a portable washing machine, this washing
machine will be ideal for dorms, apartments, condos, motor
homes, RV’s, camping and more. You'll need to make
adjustments if you don't plumbing, but you can simply use this
washing machine in a bathtub. It's a best seller.

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
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.

While living without electricity and doing laundry by hand isn't
going to be easy for preppers, it will bring a sense of
satisfaction. Self-sufficiency has its own rewards and fresh
smelling laundry is among the treasures.

Laundry Facts
Think you'll have it hard when you have to
do laundry without the
aid of electricity? You've got
it easy! Get a load of these laundry facts

  • A "Toga-ly" disgusting laundry fact: The University of
    Chicago confirms that Romans were without knowledge
    of soap for laundry and instead used the urine of men and
    animals, which they mixed with water. It wasn't women's
    work! The Romans did their laundry in large basins and
    employed boys to stomp the laundry clean. (Don't try this
    at home.)

  • A job that "bites" in ancient Egypt. One of the worst jobs
    of ancient Egypt was the launderer, according to "The
    Ancient Egyptians For Dummies, a book by Charlotte
    Booth. Like the Romans, the men of ancient Egypt were
    the professional launderers and they complained with
    more than enough reasons.  The work required heavy
    lifting of linens in collecting them from villagers to the
    water. There, they used natron (hydrated sodium
    carbonate) and lime to scrub their linens clean using
    stones to crush out the stains. What really took the bite
    out of this job was their "laundrymat" along the Nile,
    which was filled with deadly crocodiles, parasitic worms
    and biting insects. It was a dangerous job that brought
    along some fatalities.

  • Scent your laundry with Frankincense and Myrrh to repel
    insects. You can repel insects with the scent of myrrh in
    your clothes. Zum Clean has no synthetic foaming agents,
    chemicals and artificial stuff. Instead, Zum Clean uses
    coconut oil, baking soda, vegetable glycerin, natural
    borax and 100% pure essential oils, including
    Frankincense and Myrrh.

So now you know a little more about how to wash clothes
without electricity, and how people of the past did their
laundry by hand. When you take everything into consideration,
doing off grid laundry isn't so bad. You'll enjoy the fresh scent
of the great outdoors.

Happy endings...
No matter how you do the laundry, your work is never done!
Be thankful for modern conveniences including washing
machines and dryers. If you plan to live off the grid without
look into getting a generator to help you do laundry
the way the Amish do it. That way you can whistle while you
work (as the buzz of the modern convenience does most of
your work).

Learning how to do the laundry without electricity will help you
prepare for an
ElectroMagnetic pulse (EMP).

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Above is a demonstration of Lehman's Wringer washer, but you
can make one yourself much less expensively.

How do the Amish get along without electric lights or
appliances, computers, power tools, or their own phones?

Living without Electricity tells all. This book examines the
Amish response to technology. Also, the role of invention
among the Amish. This book tells how and why the Amish
live without inventions other people take for granted: How
do you light a room without electricity? How do you keep
warm without centralized heating? What do you do for
entertainment when you don't have TV? How do you get
around without a car? How do you communicate when you
don't have a phone?           Living Without Electricity explains
how the Amish cook and store food, pump water, wash
clothes, and even run farms and businesses.

Doing the laundry without electricity also requires you have
a method of drying. The Amish use a
heavy duty clothes line.
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How to do the laundry without electricity.
Preppers can learn from the pioneers, the Amish, and even
their own great grandmothers on how to do the laundry
without electricity. It wasn't easy to do laundry back in the
day without modern conveniences of a washing machine and

Below are ways of doing the laundry without electricity...

Do the Laundry (No Electricity Required)!
Ever hear the expression of being put "through the
wringer"? Well, take a look at a
laundry wringer and now
you'll have an even better understanding of the meaning.

"Through the wringer" is an expression of hardship or
difficulty ~ and, indeed doing laundry was a difficult and
cumbersome task. Doing the laundry back in the day put a
tight squeeze on personal time, because of all the steps
involved. Frankly, they didn't do as much laundry as we do
today, simply because it took so much work! They waited for
things to get really dirty before deciding  to wash.

Laundry Method #1: The Amish way.
According to, the Amish have the belief
"too much reliance on public power ties one too close to
world." So how do they do their laundry? You may be
surprised to learn the biggest secret about how the Amish do
their laundry. Amish people use a generator to power their

  • Maytag wringer washer that runs on diesel. Amish
    families who live off the grid invest in the post-war era
    style wringer washers generated by diesel. If you're
    looking for an Amish clothes washer, you'll have to
    scour the vintage market for a Maytag Wringer Washer
    from the 1920s and then know how to rig it up to a
    diesel generator. The Amish pretty much have corned
    the market on these, so good luck!

  • Galvanized washtub and wringer. This is the most
    practical way for preppers to do their laundry by hand
    off-grid in large quantities. It's an old fashioned washer
    wringer, which is similar to a dasher washer, that you
    can assemble yourself in two easy steps. First you'll
    need a galvanized twin washtub. Around $240, the
    galvanized tub pictured slightly top right is the same
    they've made for 100 years. It includes 2 sturdy
    galvanized laundry sinks with drain and double stand.
    Next, you'll to affix to it a laundry wringer, such as the
    Calliger Hand Crank Clothes Wringer. It will run you
    around $140, but it's well worth it. Wringing wet
    laundry by hand can be quite toilsome and can hurt
    hands and wrists. Perfect for emergency preparedness
    and natural disasters, the military, washing your car, for
    professional Tilers and Grouters, or for people who
    simply love the idea of self-sufficient, off the grid living.
    This useful wringer will help you effortlessly remove the
    water from your clothes and tremendously speed up
    drying time of laundry, without even breaking a sweat!

    Alternatively, you could invest in a mop bucket.

  • Lehman's Wringer Washer. The Lehman's Washer
    below is very expensive, but it's well made. The first-
    rate construction includes the wringer and stainless
    steel tub. Agitator's pendulum motion slashes effort and
    shortens wash time to just several minutes per load.
    Remember that a wringer alone costs around $129 and
    this method is an ideal alternative to electric or gas
    washers and dryers.

    Made in the U.S.A. with heavy-duty plastic fittings in
    standard sizes, below is a demonstration of how easy it
    is to use:
Above is how to hang an Amish Clothesline.

Laundry Method #2: Great Grandma's way.
How did your Great Grandma do her laundry? Your great
granny sorted, soaked, scrubbed and then hung the laundry
in the fresh mountain air! Next, she folded, starched and
ironed. Maybe she made her own lye soap. It was hard work.

To wash clothes without electricity, like  Great Grandma did,
you'll need:
  1. A galvanized metal tub to soak clothes.
  2. A washboard to get out the main dirt
  3. Lye soap
  4. Handwash wringer.
  5. Clothes line, rope or a clothes rack and clothes pins

With the luxury of technology you can do laundry off grid
with much less manual labor than your great grandmother
did hers. We've outlined several more ways to do your
laundry by hand or without the use of electricity.

Laundry Method #3: Hand-plunger method.
The cheapest method for off grid laundry is a plunger and a
bucket - it's the hand-plunger method. Conventional wisdom
in the prepper world is to do things as inexpensively as
possible and this is it. To take advantage of the hand plunger
method and make a camp style bucket, you'll need to gather
the supplies:
  1. Two five-gallon buckets
  2. Lids for the five gallon buckets
  3. Liquid detergent
  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)

To make the camp style bucket with a lid, you'll also need a
drill. The video below shows how to make a camp style
bucket. Drilling a hole in the lid not really necessary, but it is
a nice way to keep the water contained.
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