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I was watching young apprentice when one of these came up, I couldn't help but think that in electricity cuts, hunting cabins, shtf situations, camping etc that such a thing could be rather useful.

I imagine people in New York, or those caught in hurricane katrina would have been glad for one of these.
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They appear to to be only available in the UK
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They appear to to be only available in the UK
Good thing I posted this in the UK forum then isn't it

Also the top link is in the USA, hence why it is sold in dollars
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Google Wonder Wash washing machines, small hand cranked tumble style washing machines. Only do a couple of pieces of clothing max, but ok for caravans etc. Not really strong either.
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I was watching pawn stars a while back and they had an old (~100 years old) hand pump washing machine that looked relatively simple to build.
It's about 6:45 into this episode...
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geeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz what happened to the simple basin and a scrubbing board??
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Camel Trophy drivers used to half fill an Otter Box with water, soap and clothes, then let it bounce around on the roof rack for the day. It worked quite well.

I've also seen a stick attached to a large bean can, with a simple rubber flap valve installed on the top of the can. You pump it up and down in a bucket full of washing. I think this Bush Tucker man that I got that from.

I think just about anything that keep clothes moving about in soapy water is OK. Just a bucket and a stick would do.
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its not as good or efficient.
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I have a rather large butter churn probibly holds 25+ gallons ,that turns over end for end on it's own stand either by hand or a foot actuated lever.
If you took a 15 gallon barrel with a clamp on lid and made an axil through the center and a sturdy stand so that it could rotate end over end ,essentially it would do the same thing . The more water you have in it the easier it is to turn but not brim full ,you need the sloshing action to accomplish the cleaning .
Most of those barrels have a bung in the lid you could drain and refill with rinse water .
To keep it from rusting one could spray paint the inside with epoxy paint or something durable, or for that matter use a trash bag that would act as a liner for each wash.
Expirimenting would prove what works best per the need.


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