Mrs. WaterBuck


Rainwater is Best Laundry Aid 1

Back when every home had a rain barrel stationed below the rainspout, our grandmothers knew rainwater was a must for washing hair. Grandma probably even knew why water falling from the sky felt better than that pumped from the ground. Admittedly, I didn’t know the benefits of cleaning with rainwater […]

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Off-Grid Laundry Made Easy

Having clean laundry was my greatest off-grid obstacle until I discovered two secrets – washing with rainwater and a hand-crank wringer. During long-term power outages before we transitioned off-grid, I washed clothes by hand.  It was not terribly difficult, but I was never thrilled with the results. I haven’t used an electric […]


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Sewing and Quilting the Old Way with Glad Rags 2

Ripping apart old clothing and other rags to remake into useful items takes more time than purchasing new fabric, but the rewards – reducing landfill overload, reviving an old-fashioned skill, conserving a treasured memento and saving money – are worth the extra trouble. My mother never visited a fabric store […]


DIY Sand Point Water Well in a Day

For anyone lucky enough to have a shallow water table without bedrock, a do-it-yourself driven well saves thousands of dollars compared to drilling a bored well. Under ideal conditions, a well can be driven in a few hours and fitted with a pitcher pump, creating an uncomplicated, inexpensive backup or […]

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Great Garden Starts with Healthy Heirloom Plants

An enlightening chat with my local plant supplier taught me yet another discouraging fact about seedlings sold by large commercial nurseries. Many are treated with neonicotinoids to kill insects, hormones to retard plant growth and yet more poisons to prevent disease. Then, the plants are doused in chemical fertilizers to […]


Hand Pumps and WaterBuck in Capper’s Farmer

Well WaterBoy Products and the WaterBuck Pump are in the Summer 2015 issue of Capper’s Farmer magazine that hit newsstands today. It’s an honor to be featured in a publication that for more than 100 years has been giving practical advice for the homestead life. Besides the DIY plans for garden […]

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WaterBuck in Hobby Farms Magazine

Along with six other nifty inventions, the WaterBuck Pump was featured this month in Hobby Farms Magazine. You can find us on Page 60 of the January/February 2015 issue in the Farm Storehouse section, the one that showcases “New Products to Help and Inspire.” We’ve been fans of Hobby Farms […]


Make a Sturdy Shag Rag Rug of T-Shirts 1

After years of looking for the most durable, yet simplest homemade rugs to wash, I have finally hit on a winner – shag throw rugs made of old T-shirts and towels. Besides being easy to make and care for, the rugs are fabricated from goods from the rag bag. With […]

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Free Shipping for Treadle-Sewn Goods

We now ship our treadle-sewn goods free anywhere in the United States. This includes our popular Granny’s Clothespin Bags, Super-Tuff Firewood Carriers, Triple-Pocket Aprons and all of our quilted patchwork items. We also have a host of bright and cheery colors in stock of our patchwork potholders and place mats. […]