How to Make an Outdoor Washing Machine

by DIY Maven

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Michael Perdriel fashioned a manual clothes washer that could be used by those in developing countries, but its low-tech design makes it indispensable for people in developed countries who dream of going green and off the grid. It requires no electricity or running water, and it cleans a load of clothes in 20 minutes. Interested in making one? Here's your materials list:

  • 10 gallon plastic bucket
  • 1 x 3 hardwood boards
  • 1/4" plywood
  • 1"...

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How (and why) you should wash your pillows.

by DIY Maven

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Did you know that a pillow can double its weight in 3 years? What accounts for the extra poundage? Dust mites. (May I have a collective 'ewww' please?) This is why we should all wash our pillows regularly. The Conscious Consumer holds our hand through the entire 3 step process of pillow maintenance, including:

  1. Washing your pillows every 3 months.
  2. Encasing pillows in pillow covers.
  3. Replacing old pillows every 3 years.

To see how to wash...

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