Mechanical washing machine.

I work for a charity with Aboriginal Australians in the remote outback of Australia, a place called Arnhem land, it is worth a google. People need washing machines, they buy them, they break , even with warranty cover, they can not be fixed as no service men will come here to service them, we are too remote.  Houses here have about 20 people living in them, there is no work here and people live on small government payments which are not enough to cover daily expenses. Due to the difficulty in accquiring and maintaining a working washing machine, health issues such as Crusted Scabies have taken hold here, and cause much suffering. We can't erradicate the disease here without getting working washing machines. We need a solution, an easy to use, easy to fix washing machine. No electronics. Cold water only is fine. Possibly even hand operated, or wind operated (or other)  I found one which is a plastic  tub which turns with a handle and stands on two feet.  However the construction too flimsy, the tub not big enough for a bed sheet, it was green though. Didn't use electric power. Anyone have any ideas? Know any other sites I could post on to get ideas? Thanks : )

Posted by lisafromnz 5 years ago


How to Wash a Cat

Let me tell you how I bathe my cat.  This is no fluke. I have even taken a cat to a college class and given him a bath as a demonstration.  If anything would set a cat off, that would. I have even bathed cats that aren't mine. Take a big breath and relax. Your state of mind will influence his. Start with a clean counter next to the kitchen sink. Put towels on it. Don't have them so close to the sink that the cat could grab it.  I generally have the cat facing away from the towels and toward the water faucet.  Don't have him facing you.  He'll try to grab you and climb up your chest.  Get your shampoo opened and handy. Consider which hand will be easier for you to hold the cat and which to wash.  Set up your towels and sinks accordingly. Now, plug the side of the sink you'll be using to bathe the cat. In the other side, start the water. Get it to the temperature you want. Turn the pressure down to a slow flow - on that side. Put your cat into the empty, plugged up side of the sink, facing the wall. I have bathed a cat with and without a towel in the sink. Your choice. Let him watch the water for a few seconds until both of you relax. With your washing hand, cup your hand, fill it with water and "pet" your cat with it. Start on his back, not his head. Do this several times. Slowly move the faucet over to his side of the sink but not ON him. Continue "petting" him with water. If he's relatively calm, increase the water pressure so the sink is slowly filling. Remember, you're washing with one hand and restraining him gently with the other. Put some shampoo on him and water-pet and wash him. Have a little PLASTIC cup handy so you can scoop some of the water from his side of the sink and pour it over him (it has soap in it - might as well use it to the max). Continue washing until you are satisfied that he is clean. GENTLY remove the plug and let the water drain WHILE you are filling that cup with clean water and gently pouring it over him. Scratch and pet him frequently. Talk to him.  Rinse him thoroughly. When you are all done, let him drip a little.  You might want to gently squeeze his legs and tail to 'ring' some of the excess water off of him.  Then put him on the towels and wrap him up gently but quickly. Use old towels. If he has his claws he might snag them a little. Drying is the hardest part because he wants to run away. Dry him as best you can and then release him in a warm room. Don't let him outside until he is dry. I hope this works for you as it has for me.

Posted by lilredcin 6 years ago


The WORST Car Wash Ever!

The best comment: "I want my money back"...

Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago


Washing With Less Water

Washing full loads of laundry with only one cup of water? The Xeros washing machine, created by researchers at Leeds University, uses plastic chips combined with just one cup of water and detergent to clean your clothes. Since washing machines are a major source of water consumption, this invention, if it is viable, could help reduce our water usage by an enormous amount.Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


pedal power washing machine

Has anyone out there, made a washing machine, using pedal power like a pushbike etc.??? regards steve

Posted by dagyboy 8 years ago


how to make liquid soap for sale purpose

I will be thanks full if any one explane to me how to make liquid hand wash and dish wash ......

Posted by azam7676 6 years ago


"Wonder Wash" DIY Request

So I have been looking for a cheap way to quickly wash small loads of laundry and came across the "Wonder Wash" (http://www.laundry-alternative.com/washing.htm).  The main issue I have with this thing is the $50 price tag.  I know that it is a small amount to pay to reduce your water and electricity needs but times are tight.  My baby seems to go through 5-6 burp rags a day and I don't like using the washing machine for such a small load every other day.  Anyone have any insight on how I can build one of these on the cheep? Cheers Cody

Posted by loki7856 8 years ago


HELP ME!!!

Hello! please help, im making a scale model car wash that uses 4 brushes and top cloth strips to clean the car. How can i get the arms that hold the brushes to go in and out to wash the front and the back of the car? PLEASE HELP!!!

Posted by Mr.CarWashGuy 6 years ago


Kitty Washing Machine

Riddle Me this.... what person designs such a machine and says "Ya... what a good idea"?Even their website says its OK for cats o.0

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago


Washing Machine drain water disposal

Having had a washing machine drain line problem this weekend, I began wondering about ways of disposing of the drain water. With the soap and bleach I'm not sure of just pumping in to the lawn. This time of the year (Summer) the ground around the house slab get very dry and separates from the slab and I was thinking drain water might help but again not sure of yard and flower effects. Seem like a huge waster of reusable water. Any ideas?

Posted by uguy 10 years ago


Car Wash with Arduino

Hello community,I'm glad to be a member of this community, and I hope I can contribute and add value to you guys. I'm planning to build a car wash from scratch using ARDUINO. Any ideas on type of motors, sensors, etc. since I'm new to programming and I took a quick course on Python and that's it. So please if you have any insights on this let me know. Thank you all

Posted by MIX l مكس 4 months ago


Building a FireTub - A charcoal burner from an old washing machine drum

About two years ago a friend of mine told me that you could use washing machine drums as charcoal burners. Generally they would be placed on bricks, filled with charcoal and because of the holes in the sides they put out a lot of heat. It just so happened that we had recently had a good marquee blow down and I'd kept the tubing because I'm a bit of a womble (it drives my wife nuts). Anyway I set about building a tripod frame to hold the washing machine drum off the ground. Step by step construction instructions can be found here..: http://theaccidentalartisan.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/buiilding-a-firetub/

Posted by powkesmore 7 years ago


Delay washing machine start!

Hello, I love this place and I love making things and living cheaply. However Im stuck. I have just moved into a rented property with a brand new standard Bosh washing machine. I have a baby and lots of laundry! The house is on Economy 7, so electricty is waaaay cheaper from midnight till 6am. I need to delay the start on the washing machine until say 3am so that I can bring the bills down. Please note: The machine has no memory so I cant use a timer plug (tried) To start the program you have to touch (press & release - blu tack didnt work!) the start button No I cant stay up that late every night! Help! Basically I need a simple, discreet, failsafe idea for something to touch the start button at a preset time or say 3 hours after I ask it. Ideas extremely welcome. Dean.

Posted by dean_wales 8 years ago


Miele washing machine - tripping the electricity (RCD)

Hi I have a Miele W5741 washing machine which is three years old. The other day it tripped the electricity (RCD) I found that it would trip the RCD every time regardless of what program I used. After a few trials I have found the following: if I use the machine and select cold water (no heating of water) then it does not trip the electricity (RCD). So my conclusion is that it is the heater that is causing the washer to trip the electricity! What do you think? I opened up the front to locate the heater. However I don’t see how I can remove the heater as I see no screws! I have attached a pic so you can see the front/heater.

Posted by taylor_bur 2 years ago


combo washer/dryer

Imagine if you will: throwing clothes and detergent in. a couple hours later, the clothes are washed rinsed AND DRIED!!! with no other futsing.   1 machine.  taking up less space than 2.  and... if u  r absent minded, u  dont end up with   moldy clothes days after u threw im in to wash. How to??

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


Broken washing machine and DIY parts

Hi, Unfortunately our washing machine stopped working the other day… It’s a seven years old Upo TL1200D for those who cares. It’s quite small and old, so my wife and I have decided to buy a new one. My question is, are there any valuable/notable parts I should disassemble for future DIY projects, before we throw it out? I know I could always open it up my self and have a look (plan b). Since our apartment is a bit space constrained, the idea of having lots of parts laying around is not so popular… :) I have overlooked good quality parts in the past when I have throwned stuff away, and I thought maybe someone in here have any ideas of what to toss and what to keep?

Posted by papirkopi 7 years ago


Help! Clogged sink =(

My bathroom sink is clogged! Some brainy person decided to wash paper pellets down the sink and well, uhh, it's uber clogged. Two bottles of Draino have not made a difference. Any help? I would really like to be able to wash my hands after using the toilet....Just kidding, there's 2 more bathrooms to use

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago


Does anyone do Automated Car Wash System by using Arduino with LDR?

I wish to know how am i able to write a program which i could control the water spraying, brushing and drying by using arduino.  My project is to use a laser pointer which will send the signal to the LDR and it will trigger the water to spray, brush and dry the toy car on the conveyor belt. Can anyone help me?? I'm a diploma student, and my supervisor is a mad man which who asked me to do such project which he doesn't know either.  The first image is how i think my circuit looks like The second image shows what i had done

Posted by ahchuan.ycc 3 years ago


wanted ideas For m........

I need ideas to make 1800 dollars by April so hit me up with some ideas and PS babysitting does not work or car washes

Posted by the doctor who 5 years ago


Why I Am Not Posting Anything

Well, we just got back from a vacation in Italy from my grandma's house, and my mom is always saying that there are dog hairs in grandma's house, thats dirty, and she's allergic to dogs, it needs to be washed, blahdiblahdiblah! And because i kinda lost skills thanks to the waiting. (We're now 3 weeks further, still not washed) Sorry to you guys, hopefully i will get it back soon. Oh, and my computer crashed, thats a reason too. -Viccie.B1993-

Posted by Skreetsha 9 years ago


clean and reuse washwater

I want to clean and reuse my washing machine water to wash clothes.  The system must be #1 cheap to build(off the shelf parts), #2 cheap to use(wasting power to save water is stupid). I am thinking, an easily accessed fine mesh lint trap. A second stage to remove chemicals (sand?charcoal?) and a third to kill any buggies (UV light?). I will also need to address which products are best to use for this system. And of course a valve too return to the "normal" system for some occaisions. Thanks for any input . nursenary     

Posted by nursenary 6 years ago


Coin Tumblers?

Anyone ever made a home made coin tumbler? Store bought tumblers are pricey, would like to be able to wash/clean all my old coin finds that I get when metal detecting.

Posted by welkopole 7 years ago


re-usable coffee filter

Men's socks (the  long black ones they wear to the office) make good reusable coffee filters and a good cup of coffee. Just be sure to wash them in plain water or something that isn't made with detergent or soap.

Posted by aprilsflower1958 6 years ago


I need someone to build a unit that will switch off a washing machine remotely.

Hi there, I am looking for someone to build a unit which can be hardwired into a washing machine to allow it to be switched off remotely. I rent them out and want to turn it off if they don't pay. I have an understanding to how it needs to work so can give an idea of what I need and how it could be connected. I would say I need 200-300 over the next few months. Let me know if you need more info or can help me. Thanks

Posted by washingmachine1 3 years ago


How can I install a new top spray arm for an old dishwasher?

How can I install a new top spray arm for an old dishwasher? It doesnt have a top rinsing thing. Would I just create a hole, adjust water pressure, and connect tube to where i would install a spray arm frame? Also, any way to overwrite the regulations to let my dishwasher dry without needing a rinsing agent? I know on some clothes washing machines, you can "cheat them" to use more water.  Thank you!

Posted by JuliaM115 1 year ago


Sewing:Any other way to do the tailor's tack?

I suck at sewing, is there another way I can make the Tailor's tacks? Maybe by stickglue? any type of material that would temporarily glue the parts i want and wash off?

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 1 year ago


DIY mini mishwasher

I got this idea of a DIY dishwasher. I couldn't find any one ever done it before, and i thought i any of you had seen/made one. So if you have links or any other knowledge, it would be interesting!

Posted by bjarkethomsen 7 years ago


What Can I Do With A Chocolate Fountain

I have a chocolate fountain, but I haven't used it in a long time (two years). It's really hard to wash, which is the main reason I haven't used it. Is there anything I can do with it? Maby make it easyer to clean somehow?

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


Solder smoke stroke my eye

Hey i was soldering a circuit with out a eye protections and then the smoke which came out make my eyes itching and then i washed it with water and later my eyes was all red and started to itch. So i was wondering if this could do any damage to my eyes ?

Posted by arylic 9 years ago


Water-saving toilet hack

Toilets use fresh water, and lots of it.  Sure, you can buy a low-flow model, but you're still flushing with a (smaller) quantity of fresh, otherwise drinkable water. Gregorylavoie decided to get double use out of that water by hacking his toilet.  It's a neat, reversible modification: after you flush, you use the clean, incoming tank refill water for handwashing.  Your slightly soapy hand-wash runoff fills the tank, and is saved for the next flush.  It's a simple, ingenious way to save water with little to no effort. What do you think?  Would you try this mod on your toilet? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


Painting basketball shoes

I want to pep up these shoes. So my idea was to paint them, so can anyone tell me how to paint it, what paint to use and suggest colors and designs. And will the paint stay after rough use (playing basketball) and wash? Any way to make it permanent? Thx in advance.

Posted by nk97 7 years ago


"Dyeing" to know?

I was wondering if any one has some good ideas to help me with an annoying problem if it can be helped. I like to on occasion get used jeans like pants est and colour them using the ready to dye from a box. I pour the contents in to a large pot, add water, add an article of clothing and simmer for an hour or more. Then I rinse it under cold water and dry. After I wear the thing, it comes time for it to get washed, I notice a lot of colour bleeds out in to the water again. It doesn’t seem to change the intensity of the colour job but I was wondering if there’s a way of making the colour bleed less when I wash my article of clothing. Am I missing something? Should I do a salt bath after I dye the clothing? Just that the instructions say it has every thing in the powder. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Treasure Tabby 6 years ago


Spray On Clothing, fabric in a can?

Anybody have ideas for DIY spray on/paint on clothing/fabric along the lines of fabrican? Even a fabric that would be impossible to wash or even take off the model without destroying would be a cool start. It could be used for visualizing dress sculptures or something along those lines, at the very least.

Posted by wefoundamy 6 years ago


Anyone know how to make a microbubble generator?

I've been seeing a lot of info about microbubbles lately. These bubbles are being used for many applications ranging from cleaning polluted water to washing both pets and people without the use of soap or detergents. Anyone have any ideas how to do this DIY without having to pay thousands for these devices?

Posted by sykoshingo 6 years ago


Cleaning a 55 Gallon Drum?

Hey, I'm looking to build a rain barrel, and found out that my local car wash is willing to give me a 55 gallon drum. The thing is, I don't know what kind of soap they use (I would have asked, but the guy was impossible to understand) or how to clean it out. If anybody has experience in this, that'd be great!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago


Plumbing -

I need help!  I have an extremely small bathroom that has the lavatory plumbing on the side, not the back.  I don't like the cabinet (you can sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time) and want to get rid of it, but I have not been able to find a pedestal sink or other cabinet to replace what's there.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  And no, the plumbing cannot be moved.   

Posted by Luny 5 years ago


Fisher and Paykel Smart Drive Motore

Hi there i have found a fisher and paykel smartdrive motor in an old washing machine. I understand these make good wind generators. Can someone tell me how to connect the 3 output wires (yellow, blue, red) to a light or other appliance. Also can someone advise id this is an ac or dc output. as you can see im a novice at all this sam

Posted by sam301 4 years ago


Prepaid phone hacks?

Ok guys (and all you female hacks out there) I've got a question that I need help answering. Does anyone know if it would be possible to completely wipe a phones programming to be able to install an operating system on it ? The phone that I'm working with is a virgin mobile prepaid Super slice that got washed in the washing machine and is unable to be reactivated( trust me I've tried everything!) I would probably have to find a pretty darn small operating system, because I know that even damn small linux is too large and won't work. The phone is completely intact and all of the features work (including the camera ) it's just that I can't activate it so it's prety much useless unless I can turn it into some kind of micro-small-computer of some sorts. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. and just so you have a bit of info, the phone I believe has somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/4 of a megabyte of memory and an unknown amount of ram. Thanks in advance for any replies.

Posted by hacker-mattg 10 years ago


Is this what i think it is?

I was taking apart a heavy duty panosonic battery. it didn't say if it was dry cell or not. when i opend it up. and it only had this black powder. it was kind of lumpy. i think its magnesium dioxide. there was also i rod. i took it out and washed it. it is black. i think its a carbon rod since the inside of the battery wasnt wet. it looks like it has little pores on the surface. SO my question is..... is the rod carbon?????????

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


Clothing, One of The Oldest Technologies

I was reading an article here http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/03/23/funny-and-fascinating-the-importance-of-the-washing-machine/ and it points out that clothing is one of the oldest technologies that is still in use today. Marshall asks a great question, "What will replace clothing made of textiles?" Instructables has done a lot of work on modernizing clothing and I was thinking what treatment would the community here give that question? I think it would be a great competition!

Posted by EmmettO 7 years ago


Crummy, Rainy Day

It's been windy and pouring rain all day, and there's nothing to do. I'm in DIY mode, and aready made Real Simple.com's doughnuts, Trebuchet's monkey bread, and an airsoft backup shotgun: https://www.instructables.com/id/Airsoft-Claymore/ Got anything I can do, or something to amuse me? BTW it snowed yesterday, it only snows up to three days a year before rain washes it away. My dog loves snow.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

We have a nice herb garden on our back deck. A few weeks ago, after a visit to a local restaurant, I decided to put a sprig of fresh rosemary into one of our olive oil bottles to create a flavored oil. I cut a sprig, washed it and dried it off, and inserted into the oil bottle. Within a few days, the flavor had permeated the oil well and it was delicious. Unfortunately, I forgot to keep the oil above the rosemary and the top of the stalk grew mold, so I had to discard all of the oil and thoroughly wash the bottle, which I then just refilled with good oil, no spices. However, I did really like the oil, so before I do it again, is there any secret or warnings other than "don't let the rosemary leaves get exposed to the air above the oil"? Is it going to grow something funky even submerged in the oil? How long should it keep? Would it be better to tightly cork the bottle (it has one of those dispenser spouts now, like a liquor bottle)? Should I dry the rosemary first? Treat it in any way? Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted by CMPalmer 11 years ago


wall water fountain

I would like to make a fountain that about 2 ft wide and would be almost ceiling height. I saw one on a web site for over 36,0000. which I could never afford in my lifetime if I want to continue to eat. It looks like it is raining behind a glass or clear plastic wall. I have seen them with glass bead inbeded into something and then water washes over them. How would I do something like this ? Thank you Karen

Posted by farmerfarmer 10 years ago


Painting a jacket

I tried painting a black cloth jacket with white acrylic paint. I painted two layers of paint on it, which I thought would be enough, but later, it started to fade. And after a wash, it was a pure disaster. So I am planning on painting another jacket, so this time, I want it to be perfect. Any tips to preserve the design, or how to paint it, blah blah??? Thanks a load (if help shows up). PS I ve added a pic of my jackets current condition

Posted by nk97 7 years ago


Rainbow vac for dremmeling?

Is this a good idea or no? I'm sure a few people on here know what a rainbow vac is, and it has the suction to work (although I try to use the low-speed mode if I can because it's a loud vacuum). I emptied it today however and there was metallic crap EVERYWHERE on the inside of the bowl. It wasn't that bad actually and washed out with water. But I was wondering, should I maybe use something like some dryer vent and make a plate to fit into my window?

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago


Ice Cream Sandwiches, Paper Clone, Make a Mermaid Tale

Ice Cream Sandwiches Paper Clone Make a Mermaid Tail Easy Water Guns Ninja vs Zombie Shadow Cast Baked Potato Chips Make Your Eyes Larger 5 Minute Camera Case Ink Blot T-Shirt Easy Stomp Rocket Button Down Shirt Dress Personal Applause Sign Biofuel Briquettes Ping-Pong Ball Gun Simplify Dish Washing

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Having problems on building A bike generator

First, I have problem on choosing suitable generator. my choices are washing machine motor , alternator or water pump (1hp) what should i use ?! second, how can i calculated the power i will take from the generator theoretically. third, i had read that if i put a high gear ratio the motor will be destroyed because it can't hold it so how can i fit it with maximum allowable ?

Posted by loradwan 9 months ago


do you like kimchi?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean food, one of the types of pickled vegetables that are fermented spicy seasonings. Once salted and washed, mixed vegetables with shrimp seasoning made from krill, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and chili powder merah.Di Korea, kimchi is always served at meals as one of the most common type of Banchan. Kimchi is also used as seasoning during cooking kimchi soup (kimchi jjigae), kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap), and various other dishes.

Posted by sarah widita putri 8 years ago


Anyone noticed anything weird about new clothes/cloths?

Has anyone noticed that new clothes and things like washcloths and dishtowels seem to repel water when they get wet? Not really repel, but they don't absorb it, and the surface stays (and feels) wet.After the clothes get washed a couple hundred times, it wears off and is like old clothes.Can anyone tell me why this is happening (and why manufacturers decided to do this)?

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


Transmission fluid on my cat

Well our van must have a leak or something, because the fur on one of my cat's backs is all spiky, and my dad says it smells like transmission fluid. He must have walked under where it was leaking. My dad says it's not dangerous as long as it doesn't touch his skin, but we're going so have to get it of somehow. Should we cut some of the hair off his back? Try to wash it off?

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago