Staying healthy is essential to staying alive, there's no question about that. We also know that staying clean is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. Cleanliness prevents the growth of bacteria, fights infection, and keeps you looking fresh and smelling good.
We apply this same philosophy to our clothes, whether that means washing them in a machine at home or at a local laundromat. Unless part of your survival plan is to disguise yourself as a homeless person if SHTF, you'll probably want to continue keeping your clothes clean, even if you don't have access to washing machines or electricity.
So, what's the best method of washing clothes without electricity? Well, there's the time-tested method of a wash basin, washboard, and a wringer that was used for hundreds of years. However, this method requires a lot of elbow grease and access to specialized tools—not many of us own washboards these days.
Luckily, there's a better way: the DIY bucket and plunger washing machine. Here's what you'll need:
This video illustrates how the DIY washing machine is built and operated:
Even if you're scavenging for supplies in an urban disaster zone, these items shouldn't be too difficult to acquire. If all you've got to wear is the clothes on your back, clean laundry will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated …and a whole lot more hygienic.
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