An off grid washing machine will enable you to have clean clothes without the use of electricity. And who doesn’t like clean clothes? If you thought the only way to wash clothing off grid was to take them down to the creek and beat them against a rock, think again, These 23 off grid washing machines will show how to keep clothes clean while living in a remote location that is cut off from the power grid.
DIY Off Grid Washing Machines Ideas
Lehman’s Own Hand Washer
This hand washing machine allows users to give clothes a thorough cleaning with a triangle-shaped agitator. The machine design keeps clothes submerged in water during the entire wash cycle.
Off Grid Washer
These plans will walk you through this easy DIY project so you can get off grid and out of the laundry mat. A simple plastic barrel can be transformed into an off grid washing machine so you can have clean clothing no matter where you live.
A wooden stand elevates the barrel to a comfortable height and the top loading feature makes this not only an efficient washer, but one that is easy to use. The bottom drain plug allow the barrel to empty itself of water quickly and completely, resulting in less heavy lifting for you.
An old bicycle is the man-power behind this unique design so you can get in a healthy workout while doing the laundry.
This DIY washing machine is ideal for the large family or those who wait until all clothes are dirty before doing laundry.
A 55 gallon barrel is used for the project and creates a large load capacity washing machine that uses no electricity. The streamlined designed makes the hand crank easy enough to be turned by a child, even when the big barrel is filled with laundry and wash water.
Photos and videos will walk you through this easy project so you can build a durable off grid washing machine for just a few dollars. Most items used in this build are recycled materials, so it’s possible to build this DIY washing machine for free.
This simple, but effective, design was created out of necessity by a 14 year girl who had to do the family laundry. If a 14 year old can build an off grid washer from odd and ends, so can any beginner do-it-yourselfer!
This video will show you how to build this ingenious washing machine that doubles as an exercise bicycle. The bottom drain plug makes emptying the machine of water quick and easy. After the water has been emptied from the machine, a few more minutes of pedaling will provide a spin dry cycle that nearly removes all the water from the freshly laundered clothes.
Stay in shape and keep your clothes clean at the same time with this off grid washing machine.
Bucket Clothes Washer
Use a five gallon bucket and a plunger to do off grid laundry on your next camping trip. This bucket design is perfect for small loads of dirty clothes, plus the bucket can be used for other things when it’s not acting as a manual washing machine.
Homemade Washing Machine
Watch this YouTube video to learn how to build and use your own non-electric washing machine.
Off Grid Washer
This easy to build DIY clothes washer is a great idea for anyone looking to save money, conserve energy and have clean clothes.
Foot Powered Washing Machine
Small, compact and powered by the foot, this off grid washing machine can handle up to 5 pounds of dirty laundry at a time.
Borrow a design from folks who have been living off grid for centuries, the Amish. This non-electric washing machine can handle large loads of dirty clothes with ease.
If you want to do laundry the easy way, yet without the use of electricity, harness solar power to do the work for you with this idea.
Build it by hand and wash clothes by hand. A unique DIY washing machine that handles large loads and will last for years.
Homemade Washing Machine
Simple design, yet highly functional. Get the job done without power usage with this homemade washing machine.
The tumbling action of this design will get clothes clean with minimal effort. Build your own with these easy to follow YouTube instructional video.
Mini Washing Machine
Sometimes you just need a small, compact washer for washing clothing worn during a short camping or hiking trip. If that is your need, then this mini washing machine will meet the need.
Use these non-electric wringers to remove the water from freshly washed clothes so they will dry quicker.
Cheap and Easy
Wash, spin and rinse dirty clothes in this cheap and easy to build off grid washing machine. Follow the YouTube instructional video and build you own in just a few minutes.
This can easily be taken and used anywhere you want to hike or camp. Gentle on both clothing and the environment, this manual washer is very affordable too.
Do a load of laundry in 10 minutes with this efficient laundry pod. Great for camping, boating, RVing or any other scenario that takes you off grid.
Dual funnels work together to get clothes clean in the manual washing machine. The tub of this off grid washing machine is made from re-enforced concrete, so it will outlast any conventionally made washing machine.
The only components that will need to be replaced occasionally are the two plastic funnels, which can be purchased for less than a dollar. Cheap to build, cheap to maintain and this funnel powered washing machine will last a lifetime.
Small, compact, inexpensive to build and easy to use. This tutorial will show how to take a 5-gallon bucket and transform it into an efficient off grid laundry appliance.
Small apartments don’t always have space for a washer and dryer, and living off grid means finding new ways of doing thing without electricity. This bucket washer can solve the laundry problem for those who live in the city or in the wilderness.
These free plans will show you take a bucket, a mortar mixer and some PVC pipe and create a DIY washing machine for just a few dollars. The light weight bucket washer is easy to move and the hand crank mechanism is easy to use.
Tiny House Washing Machine
The tiny house movement is growing in popularity. Down-sizing as a way to simplify life, spend less money and take up less of a carbon footprint on the planet is the trend of the future. But people still need clean clothes and this tiny house washing machine can be the answer.
This DIY washing machine provides a thorough cleaning and spin dry for each load of laundry and can be constructed for under $10. Ideal for tiny house living, camping, road trips or to reduce your use of natural resources right where you currently live.
These free plans will show you how to take an old washing machine and bicycle, then combine them into a pedal powered washing machine. Recycle old items into a new off grid washer and save money while getting your clothes clean.
Pedal your way to clean clothes and strong muscles with this idea. No more boring days at the laundry mat, you will be able to get in a workout while doing the laundry at home. A pedal powered washing machine can last indefinitely and only cost a few dollars to build. Minimal DIY skill needed for this project.
The components are easy to replace as needed, so this DIY washer can last forever.
This DIY washing machine design is somewhat different that the previous ones. This design uses the old wringer type washing machines as a model to create a new style that uses pedal power instead of electricity.
The large capacity tub can clean several pieces of laundry at once with an easy to use hand crank. Empty the wash water, re-fill with rinse water, then run the clothes through the wringer to take out excess water. The wringer is operated by a hand crank and slashes drying time in half.
Detailed photos and plans make this off grid washing machine with wringer and simple DIY project. The heavy duty construction will keep this wringer washing machine operating smoothly for decades.