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Tabletop Washing Machine (4 Da Poor Man)

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I find I have ideals all the time, but put them on the back burner cause Im just not sure how to go about it. So Ill see something in my head and just wait till I see what it is that I really need to accomplice what I want.

One day the Wife wanted me to wash her capris for her, I had promised and went about doing laundry. White, light colors, dark colors and black with deep blues....
Since her capris where the only black I had to wash they got overlooked in the sort. After all the laundry was done and put away, I noticed I had forgotten them. Well, Im 4 The Poor Man! using 12 gallons of water to wash one pair of capris, was well out of the question and thought how could I wash a single clothes and not use the washer.

Yes I thought about using a bucket and started with that, then came the plunger idea... what a mess

I always favored the Front Loading washers. Less water, larger loads and of course that was on the back burner
Then I starting thinking ' what if this was an agitator' and what if it had a lid... then it hit me like why didn't I think of this before?
A simple front loading washing machine for a few clothes!

Video on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3adMO4MgVBg

**AS ALWAYS THIS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED
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gwylan11 months ago
Good project!

If your bucket/lid will hold the pressure built up by agitating hot water and soap, you've actually built a washer more efficient than the commercial one. The pressure will force the soapy water through the clothes, helping lift out the dirt. You shouldn't need to agitate it as long. Google pressure washers for more information on this.
Blofish (author)  gwylan11 months ago
Thank you for your input.
I have used water at 160 degrees (F) (reusing the rinse water from the dishwasher) with just minor leakage. Its just I cant say that and expect others to have the same results, due to their construction techniques and abilities or not using the same materials I have used.
How about a clamping type lid like the ceramic "mason jars" used for storing the "starter" for Sourdough Bread. That would handle lots of pressure. I don't know if there are any out there that are big enough for a 5 gal. bucket, let alone anything larger, but the concept may lend a hand. Wonderful idea by the way. I'm a disabled old lady, but even I can build this even living in a small appartment. Can't lift baskets of laundry to laundry room. I'll fill it in the tub, then sit on my shower chair to roll it with my feet. Never have to lift it! Drain, hang, drip dry. Put the clothes on a hanger, place it on shower head. Drip into drain! Love, love, love it. (I think I'll use wood glue to attach the "aggitators". Might not "stick" to plastic. Gorrilla glue?) I don't have a drill, but I do have both a wood saw & hack saw, oh, & a "metal" saw. I do build small things. Thanks for the idea!
gwylan Tracy_Marie11 months ago
Just yesterday I saw screw-on type lids designed for 5 gallon buckets at Home Depot. The cost was under $6. However, the pressure in the bucket from the hot water might make it hard to unscrew the lid until the water cooled, unless one added a relief valve to the lid--not difficult but that would also require some sort of drill.
Tracy_Marie gwylan11 months ago
Excellent! I'll just get a drill. Need one anyhow. See my idea was out there already, sor'ta. ^_^
Blofish (author)  gwylan11 months ago
See http://www.instructables.com/id/Tabletop-Pressure-Washer-4-Da-Poor-Man/
for updated pressure washer
mandolinible11 months ago
I believe a build up of some pressure will increase efficiency so perhaps a more robust closure could take advantage of this. But as it is, it's still a top notch idea, I love the castors. - never would have thought of this elegant solution myself - thanks!
Blofish (author)  mandolinible11 months ago
See update at http://www.instructables.com/id/Tabletop-Pressure-Washer-4-Da-Poor-Man/
Blofish (author)  Blofish11 months ago
Tho I have moved on to other projects now, I still find myself being drawn back to this one.... (maybe it has a greater purpose)? I still want peeps to send feedback.
Sometimes I get tunnel vision, an inability to see outside the box, so others opinion help me to open up a bit more to the 'Full Picture'
thank you (and others) for your input.
kretzlord11 months ago
this begs to be attached to pedals
Blofish (author)  kretzlord11 months ago
After all the prototypes are done, Ill prolly add a way to hook it up to a bicycle to power it, I think this will be close to a commercial unit as the concept is fairly straight forward. Its just funny how long I thought of this on 'the back burner' and now the floodgates have just opened up on this.

Someone living off the grid could do a full load of laundry with ease and not have to use a washboard. Unless an item is really soiled, as somethings just require 'elbow grease'
voltan Blofish11 months ago
Bicycle power sounds great! One must be careful not to pedal too fast, or the centrifugal force might just plaster the laundry to the side like a spin cycle.
Blofish (author)  voltan11 months ago
Very good observation, as that is just what will happen if you speed clean!
johngriswold11 months ago
Nice article. Not what I was looking for, but close enough for me to slightly modify and get what I DO want. I need to write up an article on my project.

Thanks!

Blofish (author)  johngriswold11 months ago
I hope you find what your looking for...