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Old 01-30-2014, 07:48 PM
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Hey everyone I am looking for some Ideas for off grid clothes washing. What are some Ideas or old way of doing these things.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:12 PM
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First.. Welcome to the mix!

I have a wringer washer and run it with a generator. I collect rain water and fill the washer and the rinse tub with a 12 volt RV pump..

I can only do laundry here when I have enough water and during the warm months. The rest of the time we go to the laundry mat..

Someday, we'll have a Staber inside the house like them fancy folks..

http://www.staber.com/
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:41 PM
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I grabbed one of these on sale: https://www.lehmans.com/p-4444-breat...nd-washer.aspx

I'll have to do some work.... Just a bucket and hand washing if I go off grid.
I like this video on the subject: http://youtu.be/riqYz2WEfRQ

The machines would be nice, but I don't plan on having that kind of power any time soon.
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I have a really old plunger washer made of I think it is brass. Got it at a fleamarket 20 years ago. What really helps when you have really dirty clothes is to soak them first, using TSP. My mom always did that, and she did not have a washing machine until I had left home. She had five kids and all cloth diapers. Mother also used soap and she boiled white cottons. she had a great big kettle for that. The washing really was not the big problem, wringing the clothes out was. I hated washing, and I did a lot of ironing. Of course I was the oldest.
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In a pinch--tub/bath tub and a plunger--worked off grid for me.
Heated water in 2--#3 washtubs.
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soak them first, using TSP.
What is TSP ? Table Spoon ? Talcum's Powder ? Texurized Soap Powder?

Oh... you mean Tri Sodium Phosphate ? The ingredient in Cheerios ?
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Thanks 12vman. I tried 4 times to get that link to work.
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:51 PM
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I found a few videos about bicycle powered washing machines they seem to be very good for washing clothes here a are a few of the videos together on another forum thread. http://www.permies.com/t/32058/bicyc...ashing-machine
I think that bicycle power is something that is really great! Being able to use an exsisting technology to get off grid tasks done! Uses could be charging batteries, Grinding grain or coffee, running an oldfashion grinding stone for honing.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:04 PM
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Here is a good video on off grid clothes washing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOm023jobrM
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Not meaning to be snarky David. Proud of my self to think of something fast.

Some cowboy out west put his laundry in a barrel with a twist on tight lid, detergent, water, put it on the back of his pick up. When he got home again, the clothes were washed. Don't know what he did for rinsingl
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In a previous life, I was dating an Italian chick, right off the boat, only here for about 4 years. We had an opportunity to go back and visit her family way back in the mountains of Calabria. That was in '77. They had only been wired to the grid since '73.

She took me down the mountainside about 500ft below the little town, to the small stream. She told me that they used to wash the clothes there, pounding them against the rocks. She pointed to a small boulder and said "that was my rock". Then she got this look of puzzlement on her face and after a short silence, asked out loud like she had never thought about it before, "Why the h*ll did we pound them on the rocks?"
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I have one of the glass wash boards and have used it for some stains before washing in my electric washer. I also got the plunger and a wringer from Lehmans. The older you get the harder it is to wring out the clothes after washing. I have also looked at yard sales and picked up drying racks for inside drying when it is bitterly cold outside. Have used all at one time or the other when laundry machines have broken. Now I have the equipment whenever the need arises.
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Something I learned from my Mexican friend is if you wash clothes by hand, don't use laundry detergent because it's really hard to rinse out. Use soap shavings. She used Zote.
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If you have to wash by hand, detergents are really hard on your skin.
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I was also thinking about making a borax, baking soda, fels naptha laundry soap powder. Would that be hard on skin as well?
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I was also thinking about making a....soap ...
I like the idea and have several recipes. Stock up on the cheap supplies and learn to make soap.

http://www.budget101.com/myo-househo...soap-3993.html
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laun...amantha-Micha/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Pure-Mild-Castile-Soap/

Found this one today and I really like it : http://angsays.wordpress.com/2013/09...-laundry-soap/
Pre-measured tables is so much more convenient.

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:29 AM
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If it just needs a light washing, you can use baking soda for the wash, and white vinegar for the rinse.

I don't know how well that would work on stains, but I used it on some "dry clean only" shirts from the thrift store, and it got rid of the odor from the previous owner's perfume.
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Maytag made at one time a wringer washer powered by a Gasoline engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qpDgSktoE8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIWswiLaMbY
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Maytag made at one time a wringer washer powered by a Gasoline engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qpDgSktoE8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIWswiLaMbY
My Mother had one.
Dad put an electric motor on it later.

But it didnt have a shock proof connection and it would knock you down--which is iffy--when your washing for a big family and water did splash around.

Gas one always needed maintence and was NOISEY.
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