With two loads ran through the new Modern Day Hand Powered Washing Machine I can say with confidence it is a success.
I came up with this design for a hand powered washing machine using two thirty gallon plastic drums cut three inches above center and a double plunger system. The wringer in the middle makes for a user friendly back and forth motion from the soap to rinse tubs.
The above picture is of the rinse side and the one below is of the washing side.
All assembled and plumed in ready for her first load.
I did not get a picture of it because my hands were soapy, but I did wash board my jeans to aid in removing some of the stains.
After adding the homemade liquid soap, the load of clothes and letting them soak for a few minutes I finally got after my very first hand washing. I found out there is kinda a trick to the plunging. You get into this rhythmic motion and the plungers start rocking back and forth to were they plunge the ends and middle making it where you do not have to agitate the cloths by hand very much. Even though, I still stirred the laundry around by hand while I was plunging just to make sure everything got a good pounding.
The dirty water indicated I was doing some good.
I kept up the plunging for about 10 minutes or so and then used the wringer to squeeze out most of the soapy water and on to the rinse cycle.
With a cute little paddle I made, I stirred the clothes around until I felt they were rinsed enough.
All and all I had a good time with it. I did have to take a couple of breaks during the plunging cycles but that's okay. I was using muscles I forgot I had and my left shoulder was about to give out but I manned up and plunged on.
Two loads and I bet I burnt a thousand calories. I now have a new respect for the old timers.
So there you go folks, kicking it Pioneer style here at the Mini Farm.