Pig muck-covered overalls? Horse leg wraps? Greasy shop rags? There's no way those are going in the nice front-loading washing machine.
Here's a neat way to turn 5-gallon buckets into a shop washing machine that keeps the mucky things out of the clothing laundry. We saw this on Pinterest and HAD to try it out!
Plus, you can also keep this on hand for emergencies: the Zombie Apocalypse or when the power goes out.
Thanks to Melissa in our Housewares department for showing us how to do it, and Marty for cleaning the leg boots!
Tip: Did you just buy a new pair of dark-wash denim jeans? Add a cup of vinegar and don't add soap. Then, add your new jeans and let them sit overnight. This will help set the dye, and you won't get as much indigo rub-off on the rest of your laundry!
Make your own DIY Laundry Bucket at Home
You'll need these supplies:
- Two 5- or 6-gallon buckets
- 1 bucket lid
- Bushing: we used a 1.5" x 1" reducing bushing
- Drill with 1/2" and 2" hole saw drill bits
- Drill holes in one of the buckets, both the bottom and 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the sides.
- Drill a hole in the lid with a 2" hole saw. Then, insert the bushing.
- Now drill 1/2" holes in the rubber plunger.
Get everything you need!
Want to make your own, but don't want to gather the materials? We've put together 2 kits for you!
Get the 5-gallon DIY Washer kit for $19.99
Get the 6-gallon DIY Washer kit for $19.99