Non Electric Laundry Press




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As part of our non electric laundry series, this process takes the wet, clean clothes, and presses the water from them before hanging them on the line to dry. You will need 3 buckets, one lid, and a hand drill with a 1/4" wood bit. You can see the bucket washer at

Step 1: Drill the Strainer Bucket

Using a hand drill, drill a series of holes in the bottom of one of the buckets. Your wet clothes will go in this bucket.

Step 2: Drill the Collector Bucket

Take the second bucket and drill a 1/4" hole in the lower side. The water from the strainer collects in this bucket, and drains out this hole.

Step 3: The Ram (seat) Bucket

The last bucket is the seat. Put the lid on the bucket. Drill no holes. You can use this bucket to store your detergents and accessories like clothes line and clothes pins.

Step 4: Assemble the System

Insert the strainer bucket into the collector bucket. Put the wet clothes in the strainer bucket. Insert the seat bucket into the strainer bucket. Sit on the seat until no more water comes out of the hole in the collector bucket. Hang clothes on line to dry.



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    11 Discussions


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Interesting idea, and great practice for Olympic or Highland games :-)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I heard another way to work this is to put water in the no hole bucket, place strainer with clothes into said bucket, swish and pump clothes in water, remove allow some drainage, place clothes bucket in single hole bucket, then place no hole bucket with water in it on top, then sit, giving some extra weight to the straining of the clothes.

    Great Idea, thank you!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I am looking at the holes in your pic. I wonder if you drilled them the other direction from the inside of the bucket the rim of the holes would slope downward ensuring better drainage and reduce the likelihood of clothing items being damaged by the sharp edge of the drilled hole.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     We lived off grid with solar and wind for 6 years, now we are on the road with solar. Tell him I said hi!