Washing Clothes by Hand… Is There an Alternative without Electricity?

Yes, there is, indeed.

To the attention of all those who would like to build their own self-sufficient systems, and of course, to those who wash by hand in absence of electricity.

 

We have collected a great number of so-called ‘washing machines’ that function without electricity from all over the world.

 

A machine working with a pedal, you may look into how it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbC1yqK_2w8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgT5Fo11UHs

 

A modern looking machine working on the same principle like above.

http://videa.hu/videok/origo/tudomany-technika/hordozhato-mosogep-XzSabtJoKo3pn3JG?start=7.257664

 

A similar one with a pedal, small-size, and with centrifugation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnnId6bNygQ

The drum of the washing machine is situated in the first wheel of the exercise bike.

http://filantropikum.com/egessunk-kaloriat-es-mossuk-ki-a-ruhakat-is-egyszerre-ez-a-mosogep-kerekpar/

 

A similar to the above one with two pedals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja07xDBo_dE

 

One with a pedal and gear lever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-oMlczlAAg

 

A washing machine converted from a bicycle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOR8Q0RIZgk&t=3s

 

A machine operated by hands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVXNbYWzGQ

 

A machine with fan belt and pedal, and the home-made ‘drum’ is situated in a plastic container.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVBPIzHh6-k

 

The washing machine and drum are mounted in the place of the back wheel of the bicycle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZu0BfQO7Ig

 

A small and simple plastic container operated by a bicylce chain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9s5lW_zM5A

 

Furthermore, a bicycle can be used for manifold tasks, for instance pulling water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2agir3xepuQ&t=2s


 

Or for example, blendering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e87aO_c2CU

 

We are thankful to Vrindavani devi dasi for collecting the links.

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