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We have considered the Wonder Washer but it seems to be a little rickety, being plastic and all. Does anyone have any alternatives? We need to get something soon.

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Check the Girlvivalists page, there is a good thread there.
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Non-electric washing machine? Isn't that a woman? Kidding...LOL!
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Oh boy...i feel a can o worms about to be unleashed....
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My Mom in the thirties has two buckets, She used a sawed off broomstick, round end down in the first bucket with soapy water, then she used a bucket with a mop ringer (you can still get them at good hardware stores)and clear water to rinse.
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I think this is the thread they were talking about. I did a writeup on the 3 methods I've used. The wonder wash is nice for winter washing when I can't be outside splashing around. But the plunger washer is by far the best.
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Start with the antique washboards that some have hanging on the wall. Then take some corrugated metal and build its replacement.
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It's a spendy alternative but a bigger version of the Wonder Washer would basically be a large composter drum that tumbles. I've seen some for around $100.
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I was planning on using the bucket method. To get water I would have to walk to the river anyway for the water. I was planning on taking the bucket and wash and dry my cloths while I also did some fishing.

I might try doing that this weekend and see how it goes.
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gas powered washing machines were used by every one on the farms back in the 30s-60s if they had no electricity , and i seen the Amish use then years ago , not all Amish though ! you can take a old ringer washer and even put a bicycle to it , i would not get to many cloths cleaned if i had to pedal !

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http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It...-Machines.aspx
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I have a Wonder Washer and it works surprisingly well. But it's very time consuming and energy intensive because of the small loads and how much work it is to do one. A plunger and a tub works pretty good too. And Lehman's or Cumberland General store have plungers specially made that shoot water through the fabric, to make it less work.

Or you can get a hand washer like the James Washer. Very pricey but it does a good job. That's the one I want to get but can never seem to commit to the cost.

You can get a mop bucket with wringer for wringing clothes before hanging. It's a lot cheaper than trying to buy a clothes wringer unless you can find a vintage unit at a second hand store or auction.
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It's a spendy alternative but a bigger version of the Wonder Washer would basically be a large composter drum that tumbles. I've seen some for around $100.
Minus the pressure build up. The pressure is what makes the Wonder Washer work so well. I wish they would make regular washing machines with that feature. It really gets clothes cleaner than any other method I've discovered.
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I use two 5 gallon buckets and a toilet plunger. I have been meaning to attach the rubber part to a much longer and beefier shovel handle. It works good but I still take loads of towels and bedding (big stuff) to the laundromat sometimes.
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I have one. It's called a washboard and bucket.
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I've used buckets with a cordless drill and a mortar mixing bit. It worked pretty good.
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I used a wet weather water proof bag in Iraq, just filled it to a level alowing clothes to move as needed. Added some soap and tied it closed. Then just sit there and kinda push back and forth rolling the tied bag on the ground infront of my chair with my feet. worked great. Rinsing is a common problem in this method as well as buckets. Clothes dried in no time in the 120+ degree temps,.
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We use this..................




Its a mobile washer or a breathing air washer....we paid $12.99 for them....they replace the older version we already had that was made of tin-they rusted so we like the new plastic design....we replaced the short handles with long broom length handles so there is no strain on the back....kids and us been washing like this for years
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t11WC...eature=related

Its a mobile washer or a breathing air washer....we paid $12.99 for them....they replace the older version we already had that was made of tin-they rusted so we like the new plastic design....we replaced the short handles with long broom length handles so there is no strain on the back....kids and us been washing like this for years
We talked and it looks like this will do what we need done. The price is right and exercise is a good thing.
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