5 Gallon Buckets
5 Gallon Bucket Swamp Cooler DIY Project - Cooling your tent or van. The basic idea for the bucket cooler is just a smaller version of Yellowdog's cooler made from a rubbermade garbage can. An evaporative cooler will reduce the temperature by 20 to 30 degrees. All the ideas that people came up with on this thread are a perfect example of radical self relience! (Bravo!!!)
Homemade liquid laundry detergent for .4 cents per load! So this is the same ingredients as in the "Mom's Super Laundry Sauce" it just has more water so I guess you don't whip it and make it into the "paste" texture. So I just need to get a 5 gallon bucket and I will try this one also.
How to store it? A really basic way to store the rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar and pastas is to buy several 5-gallon seal-able paint buckets or food-grade buckets from your local hardware store. Put a cup or so of salt into a sandwich baggie (opened) at the bottom of the buckets. Then fill it with food stuffs and add a couple of ounces of dried ice (found at large grocery stores) which will remove the oxygen from the bucket after it's sealed. Finally, label each bucket with its contents and th…
Freeze water in 5 gallon buckets overnight to make outdoor votives in the winter.
Vinyl-Siding Cleaner (2/3 cup of Spic and Span, 1/2 cup of powdered Tide laundry detergent, 1 quart of liquid chlorine bleach, 3 quarts of hot water. Mix ingredients in a 2-gallon bucket, and allow to stand for 4 to 5 hours. Pour into ordinary garden sprayer, and apply to vinyl siding. Leave solution on siding for 5 minutes, and rinse with hose.)
...camping pails for daughter’s Girl Scout Brownie troop. The girls painted on 5-gallon pickle buckets that were donated by a local restaurant, painted their names and troop number on the lids. Each girl made a cushion to go on top of her pail for sitting on. The carryalls are a great way to keep all their belongings together and dry at the same time.-- Barbara Moseley. fb- familyfun.com
Nice clothes washing kit that would be a nice, no-power addition to a long-term emergency preparedness set up. NOTE: You could store two 5-gallon buckets, stack one inside of the other. Use one bucket for the soapy water and the other for the rinse water. You may be able to wash and rinse a couple of batches of clothes without changing the soapy water depending on how dirty the clothes are.
DIY Dip-dye curtains. Mix fabric dye in 5 gallon bucket. Mark curtains with rubber bands where you want color to stop. Wet fabric so it absorbs the color. Place fabric in bucket up to rubber band. Stir so fabric is covered evenly. Set timer for 15 minutes. Pull fabric out a foot or so and set timer for another 15 mins. Repeat until the end of the fabric. Wash in cold water.