Simple Clothes Washer

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About: I studied computer science at the University of Maryland. I have done computer projects for NASA, various defense and intelligence agencies, AOL, UUNET ect. I am currently working on a project which is des...

Intro: Simple Clothes Washer

The modern clothes washer really only offers one thing.  Agitation.  I offer a simple one moving part clothes washer.   These are all of the things you will need used bike tubes, scissors, glue (rubber and plastic).  Also pictured is a baffle made out of bike tubes.  

Step 1: Tools

This is a baffle on the right which has been cut from an old tube and glued together. 

Step 2: Partially Finished Washer

This is a partially finished washer.  I have glued a baffle inside the plastic drum.  This baffle should probably be stiffer.  This can be achieved by gluing a 2 or 3 baffles together.  

Step 3: Use

Once a number of baffles have been glued inside the drum you are finished with construction.  Now all you have to do is put water, detergent, and clothing into the drum.  Close the drum with a lid.  Then rock the bucket gently with your foot or you can roll it down hill.  I reckon about 15 minutes of rocking with a moderate amount of clothing.  You can do this while watching TV, a movie or studying.  My guess is that people can easily learn to this mindlessly while doing other things.  

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    grapenut

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I like this. You know those screen doors you see occasionally with the counter weight that hangs down and uses gravity to shut the door. I can see something like this (the bucket washer) being used as the counter weight, suspended from a long section of the inner tube (or other suitable bungy). Everytime someone opens the screen door, it would bounce for 2 or 3 minutes; causing the 'agitation.' You could even call it a 'semi--automatic'

    I have to disagree with you on what the modern washer offers-- the spin-dry is the most important feature! Getting clothes clean is the easy part. It's getting the water out of them that's hard!

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    shannonlove

    7 years ago on Introduction

    They used to sell something like these back in the early 1900s. They were called IIRC, barrel washers and they were designed to be rolled back forth. Mostly, they were for washing parts and not clothes though.

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    tomfolkesshannonlove

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the info. One of my interests is knowledge lost (and or found). There is a lot of important history wrapped in this.

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    Ranie-K

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Did the glue hold up to being submerged? I thought it would come off in a second under water.

    I'd recommend using pieces of mud-flap instead and screw to the bucket using machine-screws, washers rubber o-rings.