This post is about how to have clean underwear after a power outage. Are you ready to learn how to wash clothes after a disaster? This is an updated post. Remember the month of September is National Emergency Preparedness month. Today I am going to show you my new and improved portable emergency washing machine. Well, it’s actually two buckets that fit inside of each other with one new change to my original style. Please remember, it uses very little laundry detergent but we still need to store some for emergencies should the store shelves become empty.
Here’s the deal, I could go a few days and not wash my shirt or pants. It’s the underwear. Yep, let’s just say it how it is. We all want to wear clean underwear. It’s no secret. I remember growing up and my grandmother would always shout “be sure and wear clean underwear” if we were getting ready to go somewhere. Heaven forbid that you’re in a car accident and you end up in the hospital wearing dirty underwear. It’s all about the memories of growing up, right? This little washer bucket set can wash clothes very well. We could only wash clothes a little at a time, but that beats bending over the bathtub.
If we had an unforeseen emergency the local laundromats will more than likely not be working, unless the power outage is confined to a very small area of our community. Another reason we need to keep up on our laundry, it’s hard when life gets hectic and we are running kids to ball games or lessons. I did learn something from one of my daughters about our washing machines. She tried washing her clothes in the short cycle. It’s like 26 minutes. Why didn’t I think of that? I would use less water and my clothes would be done in half the time. Keep in mind we do not have anyone in our family at the moment that has a large amount of grease coming from the type of work they do. Therefore the 26 minutes works great. My new washing machine has a 15 minute wash cycle and we use it on most batches of wash. It’s amazing how clean the clothes come out, and it saves so much time. I’m sure it also helps extend the life of the clothes.
Emergency Washing Machine YouTube
I want to share the YouTube Food Storage Moms did a couple years ago showing how to use this beauty shown below. Remember, it now has two buckets instead of one, but you’ll get the idea.
Two Six-Gallon Buckets
You will need two six gallon buckets, the five-gallon buckets are just not big enough. 6 Gallon Bucket (No Lid) (you will need four of these if you want a washing AND rinsing set). I use Gamma Lids for the top because it holds the plunger in place. Yes, I am color coded with my Gamma Lids. The color green is for the laundry. I had a friend drill the two-inch holes in the Gamma Lids a few months ago. Gamma Seal Lid (3) Quantity (green) You only need two for this washing machine set, but you can use the other green Gamma lid for your laundry detergent bucket. You can also get Gamma lids at some Walmart stores, but not all of them.
Here, my husband is drilling the four holes in the top bucket. This is my new technique to give the emergency washing machine a little more friction with the water going up and down with the plunger. There is about a three-inch area to give the water to swish around a little more when we wash clothes. Plus, this added feature will be great when we need to rinse clothes. I have two sets of these, one for washing and one for rinsing. The four holes drilled inside the inner bucket will let the soapy water drain from the clothes after washing them. You will then put the soapy clothes into the second set of my washing machine design and “plunge” the soapy clothes in the fresh water to “plunge” and rinse the soapy water out of the clothes. Now the clothes are ready to hang on a clothesline, clothes rack or a fence.
The Blue Washer Plunger To Wash Clothes
Here is the washer plunger. It is totally different than the usual toilet plunger. It has four parts as shown and can really move the water around in the buckets. Breathing Mobile Washer – Handheld, portable, non-electric, mobile, manual clothes washing machine. Handle Included.
Here I am assembling the washing machine for storage until needed. I place paper towels between the buckets because they are so hard to get apart when they have been sitting in the heat in my garage for an extended amount of time.
If you have this ready to use you will be ready for the unexpected emergency or disaster. All you need is water, about 1/4 teaspoon of my homemade laundry detergent to wash and rinse clothes. I hope I never have to use this, but I am at peace knowing I have this ready to go. Just add water, detergent, and clothes. Woohoo!
There is one more item I want to mention. Do you have a clothesline or a way to hang up your clothes after washing and rinsing them? I found a clothesline a few years from Earth Easy. I had been looking for one just like this. I can fold it up and put it away, or leave it out all the time. It has a bag to store it in as well. My YouTube is on their website on how to use this clothesline. Are you ready to have clean underwear after a disaster?
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