Although many of us line dry our clothes outside, there's a good chance we're still washing them indoors. If you're looking for a summer project, try whipping up one of these small and super inexpensive outdoor washing machines. All they need is a little muscle to make them work and run 100% energy free!
Our friends over at Make wrote about this idea awhile back, but we think it's well worth revisiting as things are heating up around the country and we're looking to conserve as much energy and water as possible. This rig requires hardly any materials and is even portable in case you'd like to take it with you to the campsite this summer.
Even if you don't see yourself out in the backyard washing your dirty clothes in this manner, we think it's a great thing to have plans printed out for in case of times of emergency, be it natural disaster or your main machines break down.