Introduction: Shower-in-a-Bucket

In this Instructable, you will learn how to create your own portable shower-in-a-bucket. It is extremely cheap, amazingly simple, and only takes 15 minutes construct.


*7 feet of 20mm diameter plastic pipe (PVC)


*Drill bits- ¾ inch, 5/8 inch, 9/64 inch, and 3/32 inch.

*1 roll of Duct Tape

*Hot glue gun (a caulk gun would probably work better)

*1 500ml bottle

*Bicycle Pump


*Plastic bucket with an airtight lid (to test this, fill the bucket with water, secure the lid, and tip it upside down. If any water leaks out, the lid is not air-tight.)

Step 1: Drill Holes in the PVC Pipe

To start, use the 9/64-inch drill bit to drill 9 holes in one side of the PVC pipe. Make sure that the drill bit goes all the way through the PVC to create another hole on the far side. You should end up with 9 holes on one side and 9 on the other. Next, use the same drill bit to drill 7 holes on the other side of the PVC pipe. This time, however, only drill through one side of the pipe.

Step 2: Connect the PVC to the Bucket

Secure the lid on the empty bucket. Use the 3/4-inch drill bit to cut a hole in the lid, approximately 3 inches from the outer edge. Once this is done, push the 16-holed end of the PVC pipe into the hole until it hits the bottom of the bucket.

Step 3: Seal Around the Hole

Use the hot glue (or caulk) to seal the hole. Make sure there are no gaps. The seal will need to hold a significant amount of pressure, so make the glue/caulk around 1 cm thick.

Step 4: Connect the Bicycle Pump to the Bucket

Use the 5/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole 3 inches from the first hole, still 3 inches from the outer edge of the bucket. Place the end of the bicycle pump into the hole and seal it the same way you sealed the PVC pipe. Be sure to maintain pressure on the part you are gluing so that it doesn’t pop out while you are sealing the hole.

Step 5: Prepare the 500ml Bottle and Connect It to the PVC Pipe

Use the 3/32-inch drill bit to drill a bunch of holes in the lid of the bottle (I made 11 holes). The fewer holes you make, the more water pressure your shower-in-a-bucket will have. Also, use the 3/4-inch drill bit to create a hole towards the bottom of the 500 ml bottle (make sure it is empty). Place the end of the PVC pipe that is not in the bucket into the hole you created in the bottle and seal it like you did previously.

Step 6: Cover the Bottle in Duct Tape

Cover the bottle in duct tape to increase the aesthetic appeal (make it look better). I used silver duct tape, but you can use any color you want.

Step 7: Try It Out

Fill the bucket with water, place the lid on securely, stand under the 500ml bottle, and start pumping the bike pump. Now you have your very own shower-in-a-bucket, enjoy!

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    Tip 11 months ago on Step 7

    For the air pump use seal it with a the brilliant device that we all know well.
    A Schrader valve. So perfectly designed the valve hasn't changed since was founded in 1844 by August Schrader. The original Schrader valve design was invented in 1891,they are used in uncountable products, from bike tires industrial refrigeration, auto fuel injection... To SCUBA
    systems where the ability to easily disconnect an air hose (even
    underwater) without the loss of tank air is critical. Schrader valves
    are also widely used in high-pressure hydraulic systems on aircraft.
    Source: Wikipedia

    For your placement on you bucket it can be as easy as re-purposing, the rubber stemmed values for car tire. replacement stems need an accurately drilled hole for a airtight fit without glue. Saving the cap is important for long life and keeping grit or sand out of there messing up the works.

    drilling the hole, no problem for you:):) Most common sizes .453 in or .653 in valve stem hole you’ll have to do the fractions and find the right drill bit. with pressures in the 69-100psi or higher, Safety is a must with hydraulic pressure. air is considered a liquid in this area of tools or physics (what have ye)
    No Joke See “AvE” on YouTube
    to get the fear of hydraulic pressure drilled into your head as well as expert DIY tool talk. air is considered a liquid when he warns you about how you may kill yourself for lack of knowledge, ALSO the funnest show on Youtube, you’ll be binge watching it for weeks if your any half blooded DYI tool lover. I’m a pinhead, he is a vulgar very funny expert.

    peace and enjoy, thanks for the Instructable...!

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    4 years ago

    Graet Idea, Thanks for sharing! I made a simple gravity shower out of a Home Deot bucket by drilling a 3/4 inch hole close to the bottom and inserted a cheap shower head with a turn off valve in the line. Find a tree near the campsite to put your privacy tent, And cut off a low small branch to hang the bucket. Yours is a great idea for camping near a river or stream where there are little or no trees. Or just a stand alone shower in a 4x4 privacy tent near the site, to keep young kids close by..Again thanks for sharing!


    4 years ago

    This would be excellent for camping!