How to Build a Non-Electric Washing Machine out of a Barrel
By Ruth deJauregui
, last updated March 13, 2012
Reducing your energy consumption, as well as your carbon footprint, can be a difficult proposition. Whether you are on or off the grid, limiting the use of large appliances, such as your washing machine, saves a significant amount of energy. However, the commercially-available, hand-powered washers are not practical for doing a typical family's laundry. Instead, you can build your own non-electric washing machine with sawhorse brackets, 2-by-4 boards and a 55-gallon plastic barrel.