Where would civilisation be without the 20-litre (5-gallon) bucket? We own seven of them, and it’s common for all of them to be in use simultaneously.
I can’t look at a 20-litre bucket without seeing a…
- Washing machine—In Panama, we washed our clothes in a 20-litre bucket.
- Shower—The bucket was also our shower in Panama. We would fill it with water and haul it out to our “shower” enclosure. Half a coconut shell made a scoop for pouring out the water for washing.
- Brewery—Panamanians brewed and served the local corn alcohol in 20-litre buckets, and my husband brews beer in one.
- Punch bowl—We used a bucket as a large punch bowl for parties in Panama.
- Diaper pail—With tight-fitting lids, 20-litre buckets make great diaper pails for cloth nappies. They were an essential part of our baby gear when our kids were that age.
- Watering can—Several of our current buckets have holes drilled in the bottom, and we use them to provide drip irrigation for the fruit trees.
- Wheelbarrow—We use buckets to haul everything from rocks to weeds in spaces where the wheelbarrow can’t go.
- Measuring cup—The 20-litre bucket is a handy unit of measure when mixing concrete.
- Rubbish bin—A 20-litre bucket is the perfect size for a rubbish bin in the shop or shed, and it’s tough enough to handle the rough treatment a shop bin gets.
- Grain bin—Tough plastic and a tight lid keep mice and rats out of the grain.
- Stool—I regularly turn our buckets upside down to use as stools for reaching items on high shelves in the shed. I suppose you could also sit on them, if you were inclined to rest.
I could lose a lot of tools and get by easily without them, but I’d be hard-pressed to do without my buckets.