Almost 30 years ago I frequently used a non electric washing machine in Eureka, California in my small apartment. It held up to two white sheets, cleaned really well, was easy to use, but, I also purchased a wringer that would clamp to my sink to ring out the clothes. It saved a lot of money, used less water and soap and was a god send. I am now looking to purchase another one if i can find where to get one. If you know, please let me know. I now live in Ash Grove, Missouri and am almost 70 years old and disabled to where going to the laundry is too hard for me, but, I have great use of my arms and would like another. The name as I recall may have been wonder-washer?
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Wow this is really cool. I hadn't heard of it before, but I guess they could really come in handy. I've got a nice washer right now, but maybe I'll get one of these to put with my emergency food storage, http://www.thereadyproject.com, just in case. You can never be too careful!
By (Guest Post)02/15/2007
I found an electric washer with a steel basin at a boat swap meet. But wringing is a pain - where do you get wringers? (Oh, I saved my plastic tub from an old burned out plastic washing machines & it's great for rinsing!)
I was going to suggest making a special request on ebay, but it looks like you've got this one covered.
By Ravyn (Guest Post)04/04/2008
I think I found something similar, I hope this helps.
By Laurie Ann Keenan (Guest Post)02/15/2007
I'm not really sure what you are looking for, but you might try Lehman's. They advertise "products for simple, self-sufficient living." They do have a wringer washing machine. It's very expensive, but they might have something that would help you.
I found one on http://www.carolwrightgifts.com
Sounds like what you are looking for.
wonder washers are available at the following internet sites
both of my daughters have one and love them
the cost is the same on all sites $49.99
By Pris (Guest Post)03/04/2008
An option for using out on your patio or while camping, etc. is to use a large rubber maid type container with lid. Buy a NEW old fashioned plunger (those red rubber ones) and drill a hole in the lid of the container the size plus an itty bit of the plunger handle. Fill with water and soap then add some clothes and close the lid. Using the plunger, plunge approximately 200 times (kids love to help with this). Your clothes are nice and clean. Only problem is that you have to wring them out yourself or use a wringer. The only reason to use the lid is to eliminate the splashing and really plunge hard without creating a flood.
Hi Marilyn!!! Is this possibly the same Wonder Washer that you're speaking of? http://beprepared.com/product.asp?pn=MC+W100&name=Wonder+Washer I hope so!!!
By (Guest Post)03/13/2008
Here's a link to Wonder Washer
I like yours better i think than the ones the daughters have
thank you for posting this
I think this machine is a bit different than the other non-electric machines already posted:
They also have a counter top clothes dryer, but I haven't bought either yet. I was looking at them, considering buying them for hand laundry.
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We are expecting our first child the beginning of next year. Knowing how expensive disposable diapers are, I have been trying to do research on cloth diapers, cost effectiveness,etc. via the internet. Upon my many internet searches, I came across a site that sells a mini, non-electric, hand cranked washing machine. I have never heard of such a thing, but it sounds like it might be a great investment for daily cloth diaper cleaning. If anyone has had any experience with one of these machines, any and all input/advice would be appreciated!
Then you have to repeat the whole thing when rinsing, and then hand-wring the clothes. What a horrible mess! You can get old antique ones (they look like a small pressure canner with an agitator inside)on EBay or at antique stores that sit on the counter top and run off electricity and do small amounts of laundry - don't know how well they work. But DON'T buy the plastic ones with the hand crank.
Maybe you could find an inexpensive "portable" (roll up to the sink) washer in your area -- I used one 25+ years ago for our family's laundry, and it worked very well. You can't do king sized sheets/blankets in them, but they worked fine for everything else. Also, because you filled them up with a hose that fit on the faucet into the washing tub, you could vary the amount of water needed. Some portables have preset water levels, and that wastes a lot of water. It was good if all I had was a couple of days of diapers and baby clothes. Hope this helps! (08/15/2004)
I would use the washing machine as you are dealing with a sanitary problem. I would not wash out by hand. You can save lots of money using cloth diapers and just buy the disposables for when you go out. Use coupons and get sales and sign up at all the diaper companies. What got me started on the cloth diapers was the shower gift of a di-dee service. They weren't that bad and I went and bought the cloth diapers. They last forever. (09/22/2004)
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