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The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Non-electric Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine

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  • Hand-crank unit washes a 5-lb. load super clean in just a couple of minutes.
  • Has a patented pressure system that forces detergent into the fabric at high speed for a fast, efficient, economic and very easy wash
  • Is ideal for campers, single persons and even for the housewife with small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers.
  • Is ideal for delicates such as woolens, silks, knitted dresses and cashmere garments.
  • Uses far less water than even hand washing and no electricity.
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Technical Details
Brand NameThe Laundry Alternative
Model InfoWonderwash
Item Weight6.6 pounds
Product Dimensions16 x 12 x 12 inches
Item model numberWonderwash
Part Number Wonderwash SpinDryer
ColorWhite
Fuel type Electric
Certificationcertified frustration-free
National Stock Number3510-01-550-7303
  
Additional Information
ASINB002C8HR9A
Best Sellers Rank #350 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 pounds
Date First AvailableNovember 22, 2004
  
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This is a hand-cranked, non-electric mini washing machine that washes loads clean in only 1-2 minutes using 90% less water and detergent. No maintenance required. Measures 12" x 12" x 16" (L x W x H) and weighs under 6 lbs.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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1,117 of 1,134 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2009
I bought the Wonder Wash basically because I'm lazy when it comes to doing laundry, I hate going to the laundry mat and I like gadgets. I came across this item while searching for something else. I had no intention of buying anything like this nor knew it even existed until I discovered it. I read the reviews positive and negative. Most of the reviews I read on other sites complained more about the company's customer service rather than the product itself. But after doing my research, I bit the bullet and decided to give it a try.

I live on the 4th floor of a 4 floor walk up in NYC. We have laundry facilities in the basement of the building and a few laundry mats near by, but like I said I'm lazy and hate doing laundry. I've had this unit for over a month and have done many loads. To make a long story short, this machine works for me. Here's my take:

Pros:
* Inexpensive: for what it does, its a fairly good buy at $40. As for detergents, bleach and fabric softener, I only have to use 1 - 2 tbsps. depending on the size of the load or less if the detergent is 2x concentrated. My building laundry costs about $3 a load, I average 3 loads a session, so I figure with the savings on quarters and detergent, this machine will pay for itself in no time.
* Convenient: I can wash a load in my apartment anytime day or night during the weeknight or on the weekend. My clothes don't pile up as much anymore. I find that I wash my clothes more often because of the convenience.
* Small: The unit only weights 6lbs when empty and is very portable. I live in a tiny one bedroom with little extra space. I can just put this away in my closet when not in use.
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281 of 292 people found the following review helpful By Katherine of Amazon on August 3, 2009
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I decided to buy this product because I needed a way to wash clothes at a vacation camp that was a step up from using the sink and a washboard. This fills the bill.

I went to YOUTUBE, and found a video of a fellow demonstrating the item, [...] and that was enough for me--I ordered the thing.

It's Idiot-Easy to use. Throw in a few litres of warm to hot water (the warm water helps create the vacuum, and pulls the water through the clothes) with a teaspoon of detergent (you don't need much at all), give it a quick swish, then toss in the clothes--a few pounds worth. I was able to do a few tee shirts and not-terribly-heavy trousers in one go with no sweat. Then you screw on the top, making sure you have a tight seal, and start turning the handle-thing. You can either use the little handle and get it going at a fast clip, or simply bat the thing round and round using the screw-down flidget at the top and the little connector to the 'bayonet drain' at the bottom. You do this for two minutes or so. Then, making sure you've got the thing near a sink, you attach the jazzy bayonet device to the bottom and the soapy water drains out. Throw in another few litres of water, screw the top on, repeat the process, and your clothes are nicely rinsed. And they look and smell CLEAN.

For the terminally lazy, yep, you have to either SQUEEZE those clothes or let them drip dry. I recommend squeezing, otherwise you'll be waiting forever for them to dry, if you don't live in the desert. I'd also advise you to do a little pretreating if you've got some profoundly nasty dirt on your clothes--it's not a miracle worker!
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622 of 655 people found the following review helpful By D. Best on April 3, 2011
The notion of washing my clothes with no electricity, and less soap and water seemed attractive. So i used the Wonderwash exclusively for the last six months to test it out.

i am a single father who works in an office, but hobbies in the garden. My laundry battles are kid clothes (food, snot, paint, etc.), office clothes (sweat, ring around the collar) and outdoor clothes (mud, plant matter, etc.).

The wonderwash is not an effective substitute for a mechanical washing machine.

It fits neatly in a tub, seals effectively, cranks easily, and drains quite well. But it does not wash clothes as effectively as a mechanical machine. Here's why...

A mechanical machine alternates between agitating your clothes for several minutes and soaking your clothes in the soap. It also rinses and agitates, and spins semi-dry in a centrifuge.

The spin-dry is no big loss. You wring out your clothes gently, hang dry and their 90% dry by morning. The wash quality, however, is stickler.

Unless you literally stand over your Wonderwash for 40 minutes, you cannot replicate the agitation and soak routines of a mechanical machine. Clothes are noticeably and dramatically less clean out of the Wonderwash.

For clothes that didn't go in particularly unclean, that's not a problem. A casual evening shirt worn once, with no stains will come out looking, feeling and smelling refreshed. However an item with even the simplest of stains will come out with the simplest of stains. Your son's shirt that he dropped a few bits of dinner onto will look like you never washed it. Your work shirts will develop ring around the collar. Your garden clothes... forget about it.

All stains must be hand-washed/hand-removed prior to going into the Wonderwash.
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