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Monday, January 17, 2011

Off Grid Laundry

I was looking into making my own laundry soap and found some of this information.  My grandma used these ingredients all the time on the farm! There are so many uses for bar laundry soap, Washing Soda and Borax other than just making laundry soap that they are valuable supplies to keep on hand.  Plus the money you save is incredible over even the discount brand of laundry detergent!

Liquid Laundry Soap Instructional Video


Dry Laundry Soap Instructional Video


Quick Note On Grater: Yankeeprepper mentions that he got his cheese grater from the dollar store, I went to a thrift store and got one for $0.25 that is much more sturdy than the ones from the dollar store.

I was also looking for a way to make an off grid laundry machine out of some 5 gallon buckets I get from work.  The main reason for this is that I have started changing my socks 2 or more times a day to help keep them dry since my work boots make my feet sweat.

This means I often have a load of socks that need to be done and since I live in an apartment I have to pay about $2.50 to do a load of laundry I figured doing it by hand might be a good way to save that money since it is usually a small load twice a week of socks.  It's not worth running the machines for 5 or 6 pairs of socks so this solution I found is great!  I'll just hang them up on my drying rack and be in business!

Yes I am not paying for the water and electricity for the laundry machines but if I was I'd probably be better off doing it by hand anyway!

This blog post on has an excellent design for using 5 gallon buckets for doing laundry by using a plunger.

DIY washing machine and homemade laundry soap

LivingHistorySchool has this great video on using a washboard to do laundry like the Pioneers did.

Pioneer Skills Pioneer Clothes Washing

Delta69Alpha has a couple good videos on doing laundry in Camp

Washing clothing with out power pt.1

Washing clothing without power pt.2

Well that is enough for now, enjoy and send me any information you might be able to find on off grid living especially on laundry!  You can email me at Prepper_Dude @ (just remove spaces)

[What have you done today to prepare?]


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