5-gallon bucket with lid Toilet plunger Knife
- Cut a hole big enough for the handle of the plunger to fit through in the lid of the bucket.
- If your plunger has an extra inner flap, cut this out.
- Cut about 6 holes all around the perimeter of the rubber plunger. Make them about the size of a quarter. This will help cut down on the amount of bubbles your plunging action will create.
That's it! You're ready to wash your clothes in your homemade hillbilly washing machine! Simply put a little detergent in the bottom of the bucket and add some hot or cold water! Then toss in your soiled clothes, set the plunger on top of the clothes, and slide the lid on so that the plunger handle goes through the hole in the lid. Now it's time for the fun part! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to use good old-fashioned elbow grease to wash that dirt right out of your clothes. Use a plunging action to swish the clothes up and down in the sudsy water until you feel like they're clean enough. Once done, you'll want to empty the sudsy water and fill the bucket with cold water to rinse the clothes a few times. Then hang them to dry. This affordable project is easy to travel with and it saves you from having to wear yesterday's socks or T-shirts that have a pungent odor all their own.