Hand-crank washing machine

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Living off the grid can be quite a challenging lifestyle to adhere to, and what happens when there is a massive power outage for weeks on end in the event of a natural disaster or calamity? There is always room for clean clothes, and this is where the Hand-crank washing machine comes in handy. The washing cycle takes as little as 10 seconds and could be as long as a couple of minutes to keep your laundry fresh and clean, although we’re sure it won’t be able to do a bang up job as that of a dedicated washing machine. Still, it is better than wearing stale-smelling clothes even at the end of the world, eh? This portable washing machine will retail for $49.99.

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7 reviews or comments

Granville Says: February 15, 2009 at 5:34 am

Then we got electricity and the world hasn’t been the same since.

Michael Says: February 15, 2009 at 9:24 am

I wouldn’t knock low-tech washing methods. When my jeans get really grungy–bad enough that the washing machine doesn’t do it–I wear them into the shower, soap them up and scrub them with a brush. Then they spend the rest of the shower on the floor rinsing. You’ve never seen really clean jeans until you’ve done it this way.

I don’t think it would be much of a stretch to be taking all of my clothes in with me and doing them at the same time.

Really, washing machines aren’t that great, they’re just convenient.

neagle Says: February 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

I used a similar device years ago at a cabin deep in the woods. It worked very well. The key is to use low suds “camping” soap, available at your major outfitters or even Walmart.

Corli Joubert Says: February 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

These have been around in South Africa for almost 20 years and a family favourite under those who camp or caravan a lot. Great success!

Peter Murphy Says: October 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

Bet you did not know that this can double up as a churn for making butter

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