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Update :
Today is August 23, 2013 and we are still doing this today

For a while now I've been emptying my washing machines rinse water into 5 gal buckets.
This can get awfully demanding at times. Also, as my old boss would say, 'Times are tough
I saw other instrutables on the issue, but nothing in my price range.
As I was shopping at the local $Store, I saw a tote that caught my attention and something flashed in my head just like a bulb ( CFL of course ).

Conservation is not a convenience, to say the least, it involves work and a change in thinking. Everything today is to make our life's convenient, Even if you conserved something, water, electricity, etc once in awhile, its better than nothing.

We do about four loads of laundry a week, 52 times a year. That adds up to 1,416 gals a year in water savings. We have a well and our pump runs every 6 quarts. That is to say my well pump doesn't come on 944 times a year, which I save just under $10 a year. I may not get rich on my savings, but then again neither will someone else

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Step 1: The Disclamer

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As Always this instructable is for educated porpoises only and should not be attempted!
NOT to made for evil Porpoises...

Step 2: BOM

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What your gonna need here is as follows

Tote - Size to be determined...
(Sterilite(TM) 106 qt / 100 L /  comes out as 26.5 gals)

Razor knife or soldering iron ( I used the iron)

Heavy duty Hose Clamp - size to be determined

Garden Hose (or similar)

Tape Measure

Duct Tape ( We don't need it, but I feel more secure when I have it with me)

The Laundry Drum has been superseded by the Laundry to
Landscape system. This system takes advantage of pressure from the washing
machine pump to send the water to several outlets up to 100ft away from the
machine. It can also serve outlets up to the height of the top of the machine.
There is an Instructable on this system at:

The web information hub, and an instructional video for this
system are at

Are you reusing the Rinse water to wash the next load of clothes? I havn't quite grasped the object here.

Blofish (author)  solardude54821 year ago
Forgot to mention I use it to flush the toilets also
Blofish (author)  solardude54821 year ago

Yes, I do. The rinse water is diluted wash water and I use it for the next load of dirty clothes

leds are way safer then cfl (they can contain up to 1/3 of an oz of mercury depending on the bulb. and led use way less power as well.
Blofish (author)  astral_mage1 year ago
Thanks for the info!
Ysabeau2 years ago
Awesome idea but... impossible for the machines we have in Europe because we can't open them while they are working.