Portable Washing Machine / Spin Dryer - Pedal Powered
No Mains Required!
* HALF PRICE * WAS £59.95 NOW £29.95
The search began for a cheap and cheerful alternative, rather than diving in with both feet to invest in a new washing machine. I want to at least give the old one the opportunity of being fixed - but the local 'fix-it' man is ill and can't get to us until he's fully recovered. I may even start taking the machine to bits myself, but not having the correct tools could be a bit of a pain.
to have a camper van', then consider several more power cuts in our area and you can see where all this is leading. You got it - off grid alternatives!
We do have a stream running through the bottom of our garden but the thought of slapping clothes off rocks on a daily basis is a little too far-fetched, even for the likes of me.
I found the Ventus 'TWISTER' Pedal Powered Portable Washing Machine, as seen on TV's 'The Young Apprentice'. On closer examination, the price tag on most of the camping store sites and, even, Amazon, made it look ridiculously expensive, but I then spotted those magical words displayed on an eBay advert - * HALF PRICE * WAS £59.95 NOW £29.95 *
- Just fill with water, add clothes (ideal for underwear...) add a little washing powder and pedal gently for a few minutes.
- You get clean clothes, and a little exercise!
- No power bill / No batteries / No inconvenience!
- Uses water sparingly and efficiently.
- Perfect for camping / caravanning / power outages / or simply use at home when a small load does not justify the cost or energy of your regular electric machine.
To all intents and purposes, this looks like a glorified salad spinner housed inside a small pedal bin, so I am assuming it is going to be tiny. I have a 3 litre plastic bowl, looking at that I suspect that the 4 litre interior basket of this pedal-powered gadget won't hold very much, but should be large enough to 'rinse one's smalls of an evening'. I figure I'll be setting up said contraption in the corner of the shower, for ready access to hot and cold water, rather than using it outdoors. Of course, during sunny, summer days and doing a cold rinse, it will be ideal for doubling up as a garden watering device, as the amount of soap used will be minimal. (This is the plan, to date.)
The other wacky idea I had is developed from my desire to create a 'tiny house' come bird hide come mini-summer house in what will, one day, become the secret garden. All of these handy little gadgets should be ideal for next year's summer camp if 9 year-old grand daughter decides that it sounds like fun to camp out at granny's!
I'll follow up this blog post with a second one as soon as my clothes washing salad spinner arrives, letting you know how I get on and how well it performs. In preparation, I have made a fresh batch of frugal laundry cleaner.
Until then, best wishes from a prune-fingered Frugaldom.