Paul Brown (PHBrown48@AOL.COM)
Thu, 4 Jun 1998 07:37:01 -0400
Anyone know of some plans for a Scout powered
This is a simple one. The only thing it takes to wash clothes is soap (or
detergent), water, and agitation (the physical kind, not the mental stuff :-]
You can go down to the creek, wet and soap up the clothing, and pound it on
rocks. This supplies all three of the essentials. But, as our late president
Nixon said, "We could do it, but it would be wrong."
So you get a 5 gallon bucket. Pickle bucket, paint bucket, doesn't matter.
Plastic probably better than metal.
put 3 or so gallons of water in the bucket. warm water is better than cold.
put some detergent in the bucket. put clothes in bucket. not too many
clothes; they need room to move around.
So far, you have water and detergent. What about the agitation? This is
where the boy power comes in.
Your secret weapon is a force cup, plumber's helper, toilet plunger (whatever
regional name is popular where y'aw hanker from). New better than used, but
it really doesn't make much never-mind.
Give the above secret weapon to the scout in question. Have him work out all
of his excess energy by pushing the weapon up and down in the bucket. This
agitates the clothing and the dirt comes out. (you could say that it agitates
the dirt and the dirt leaves the clothing, if you wanted to think about the
mental kind of agitation and anthropomorphize dirt, but this may be a bit too
much for young minds to endure.)
Another option is what used to be called a wash tub (you know, the 50? gal
galvinized things that form the bass in a jug band when turned upside down)
and a scrubbing board (your grandmother used one, didn't she?). But the
availability of the 5 gallon pickle bucket and plunger is greater.
Lemme know how it works.
Whichever way you choose, don't use too much soap, and be sure to rinse well
(at least twice). Don't dump the water back into the creek when you're done.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City