Among the so many uses of 5 gallon buckets – some discussed in this blog are as food storage, as a seat and as a portable toilet, there is another great addition to the versatility of the 5 gallon pails: as a conventional washing machine.
It may not be a washing machine in the real sense as it doesn't have the motor. But this could be a great creative option for families that don't own washing machines and that prefer not to use hands when washing their clothes.
All you need to have are a 5 gallon pail and a toilet plunger. Yes, a toilet plunger, you read it right. Of course we are talking about a newly-bought-and-never-been-used toilet plunger here. Below are the steps to make your own conventional washing machine out of 5 gallon bucket.
- Make a few holes on the toilet plunger. These holes will allow the water and soap solution to blend and at the same time create less mess.
- Make one hole in the middle of the lid of the 5 gallon pail that is big enough for the stick of the toilet plunger to go through.
- Put the detergent and water inside the bucket along with the clothes you want to wash.
- Place the plunger in the middle and slid the stick through the hole on the lid of the pail.
- Close tightly so that the water won't splash when you plunge your clothes.
- Repeat these steps several times until all clothes are squeaky clean.
- Hang the clothes to dry.