Garbage Sack Washing Machine

garbage bag washing machineThis is a great way to include family members in the laundry process during an emergency or while you are traveling.  With just a couple of inexpensive supplies you are ready to go—and everything fits in a quart Ziplock bag.

EQUIPMENT —  36 gallon drawstring lawn and leaf bag, a bar of Fels-Naptha soap and a cheese grater. Fels-Naptha soap is found in the laundry aisle of your favorite grocery store.  The grater is made by Faberware and was purchased at Wal-mart.
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Pre-treat clothes by rubbing a bar of Fels-Naptha directly on the stains and place them in the plastic bag.  Fels-Naptha will take out most stains.

  • garbage bag washing machineAdd enough water to cover clothes with enough extra to allow the clothes to agitate.  It takes about 5 gallons of water to wash a small load of clothes.
  • Using the larger grate screen, grate about 1/4 c soap into the container.  Put the soap in the sack with the clothes and water.
  • Sit in a chair or on a picnic bench.  Place your shod foot (a boot is best) under the sack.  Your foot will help agitate the clothes as you move the sack up and down over your foot.
  • Grab the sack at the top and raise and drop it over your foot for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the amount of dirt that is in the clothes.
  • This is a great activity to keep your children busy in the car while you are traveling, singing songs or telling stories around the campfire or at home while listening to stories or having a family meeting.

  • Ring the clothes out by hand, with a mop wringer or a hand washing machine ringer. I prefer the step mop wringer shown below.  It can be purchased at for about $15.  The hand powered washing machine ringer sales for about $200 at www.Lehman
  • Repeat the washing process with clean rinse water.  Ring out the clothes and hang them on a line.

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