|Brand Name||Breathing Mobile Washer|
|Item Weight||1.25 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||24 x 8 x 8 inches|
|Item model number||MWASH-1|
|Special Features||Made of solid construction material opposed to all plastic|
|Dryer Power Source||Manual|
|Material Type||Aluminum, Wood, Plastic|
|Included Components||Threaded wooden handle, Small cone, Large cone, Basket|
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Breathing Mobile Washer Classic - Portable Clothes Washing Machine - Handheld - Manual - Mobile Hand Powered Laundry Solution - Superior Materials and Construction
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- Emergency Prep, Disasters, Power Outages, Equipment Failure How will you keep your clothes clean when life throws a curve ball. The Breathing Mobile Washer is designed to use as little water as possible. Helping you conserve precious drinking water during contamination or when the luxury of electricity isn't present.
- Supplement to normal washing. Ever wash a soiled cloth diaper or a grease/chemical covered shop rag in the washing machine. No thanks. Breathing Mobile Washer is perfect for those items you would rather not stick in with the normal wash. Perfect for pre wash and helping with tough stains, delicate items, as well as large or bulky items (comforters/blankets, sleeping bags, rugs) or even single items you don't have time to run through an electric wash cycle.
- Cost Savings. Less water, no electricity, less detergent. Let us help you save time and money spent at the laundromat. Not to mention, the highest quality product at the best value of all manual washing machines on the market to date.
- Outdoor Enthusiasts. Camping, backpacking, boating/yachting, RVing, trekking. Or maybe you're just making a trip cross country. Our clothes always manage to pick up a funky odor or stain. The Breathing Mobile Washer provides the means to stay clean without worrying about hauling around bulky equipment with its lightweight portable design, or worrying about what kind of mess you're leaving behind afterwards.
- Green Enthusiasts, Eco friendly, and environmentally conscious. Never have to worry about the impact you're leaving behind. We’ve on your side. Little to no carbon footprint, conserve water, ability to use natural detergents that don't make their way back to our water supply, non electric, and cruelty-free production.
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Breathing Mobile Washer - hand operated, portable, clothes washing machine. Our hand operated clothes washer uses a technique of pushing and pulling water through clothes opposed to top and front loading washing machines that only splashes water around or the harsh scrubbing of a washboard resulting in a superior clean with less wear and tear. Uses minimal water and less soap. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. You can also rinse your clothes using fresh water. Small and Micro Living, Sustainable Living, Nomadic Lifestyle Whether your living in a small apartment, dorm, or hotel room that doesn't provide a means for laundry service conveniently or a lifestyle choice such as tiny/micro living, homesteading, living off grid, or you just don't stay in one place for too long. The Breathing Mobile Washer was designed to meet your needs and provide you with the most reliable and efficient clothes washing experience. Humanitarian Efforts Our low cost, efficient clothes washing machines provide a means for those less fortunate to improve their quality of life significantly. Helping preserve the life of clothing or to spend less time washing than with traditional methods, or as a means for someone to provide a laundry washing service to others. The Breathing Mobile Washer portable washer offers a tremendous amount support in areas of the world where laundering is a significant investment in both time and energy or where excess water is a luxury.
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Mine was a little bit less expensive to buy from the outside source I purchased it from (Amazon won't let me link it for you, but it was not hard to find online), but it did take a fair bit of time for them to process my order. Just be aware that this Amazon listing is probably a faster way to get this item if you are in a hurry (especially if you are eligible for the Prime shipping). It IS the same item, tho.
The Mobile Washer itself is a pretty amazing little contraption. Except for the loose handle issue (other reviewers used glue to solve this problem--I probably will do the same)--which is the only reason why I give it 4 and not 5 stars--it is really a great product. I am always amazed at how much dirt comes out of my clothes. I wash mine in a 10 gal plastic tub, but a 5 gallon sized one will work, too. The rinsing is a bit more of a pain than I anticipated when I bought my Mobile Washer, but that is not the fault of this item. Just be careful how full you fill your bucket, as a lot of clothes plus a lot of water is HEAVY and hard to drain. If you plan to wash clothes by hand I can't imagine too many better ways of doing that. I will say that you really do need some kind of way to ring out clothes, unless you are fine with them being totally dripping wet when you hang em to dry, because wringing by hand just really does not get much water out.
Almost two years later, an edit to add some info about USING this item:
I was just reading some 3 star reviews and I noticed some folks just don't understand how to use this tool properly. After having used mine for almost two years now, I do have a few tips, so I will try and describe what I do in hopes it will help someone either use theirs or to decide the product may not be for them (it IS a lot of work to do laundry this way! It is a great money saver IMO, tho).
*This tool works like the agitator bar in a machine--and YOU are the machine ;) If you use it right, you can get your clothes cleaner than any electric machine can, but it takes ELBOW GREASE and a bit of common sense.
Use more water than clothes in your bucket so that the clothes can move freely when you agitate. Use whatever temperature water you like to use when using a machine (I prefer HOT). And don't forget to add laundry soap! I also usually let my clothes soak for a little while before moving on, but that is optional.
You will have to plunge and plunge and plunge some more!! And don't keep the 'Mobile Washer' in the same spot--pull it out of the water and put it down somewhere else. Remember: you want the clothes to MOVE--a lot!--and you want to hear this thing make that sucking sound it makes so that you know it is pushing the water thru your clothes when it goes back down. (I usually also put my arm in the water and turn all the clothes around, from bottom to top, in between plunge sessions--move those clothes!).
Change the water--and PLUNGE SOME MORE!. (((Draining out the water is the HARDEST part of this step--some folks have suggested using a laundry basket that has the holes all thru it inside the bucket while washing, and then lifting it out so the water drains, and then dump the bucket. I haven't bought one yet, but I plan to, as this sounds pretty ingenious to me ;) Draining can be done with just your wash bucket, however, by using your hands to hold back your clothes and tipping the bucket on it's side in the bathtub [where I always do my washing with this tool] to let the water down the drain. Alternatively, you can have TWO buckets: fish the clothes out of the one you are washing in and put them into the waiting bucket, dump the water, and then put the clothes back in the first one. There may even be more good ways to drain, but I hope you get the idea! Drain as best you can in the way you choose, and then add more water to rinse.)))
IMPORTANT: Do this rinsing step until the clothes are as clean as you want! I keep doing it til my rinse water looks clean (then again I don't pay a separate water bill--mine is included with rent), but you decide how much dirt and soap residue you can live with. Really dirty clothes WILL take SEVERAL water changes to get clean!
Drain your water one last time and dry your laundry. Hang your clothes to dry, wring them out if you like--just do whatever you are going to be doing to dry them. I use a drying rack I bought here on Amazon (this one: B005HH19D8 which I do like and can recommend) and just drape drippy wet clothes all over it and leave em til dry. My roommate (who likes and uses my Mobile Washer because it gets clothes so clean and saves money) prefers to carry clothes to the dryer to dry them, since they do get softer and (of course) dry faster in a machine. I would like to one day have this (or a similar) product: The Laundry Alternative Nina Dryer as I can see the great benefit of having it for use with my hand-washer-plunger-thing. But whatever--just dry your clothes! lol
*Ta-Da! THAT'S IT!! You are done :)
It is actually simple to get really clean clothes using this tool. Simple--but definitely WORK. It can save you a lot of money IMO, and would be GREAT for travel--but I am sure it is NOT perfect for everyone. I bought mine to save money when I was so broke that I didn't HAVE laundry quarters a lot of the time because I wanted to stop using the laundromat. I keep using it now when I COULD afford to use a machine because it can get my clothes so clean, and I don't have to leave the apartment in order to wash clothes. My roommate even borrows it and uses it, too, because it really does work!
Hopefully that information helps you make an informed purchase decision and/or get cleaner clothes!!
Hope you liked my review, my suggestions--or both!
Throwing a small load of laundry in a 5 gallon bucket with some soap (2 bucket method works great) at night once they're asleep is amazing! I don't usually have the energy to go down to the laundry room once they're in bed.
The hardest part is squeezing the water out. I'd like to get a spin dryer eventually, but I'm just so glad I get more play time with my kids and less time doing laundry.
I'm also really impressed with how incredibly clean the clothes come out. Especially my daughters soccer uniform!
I was looking for an inexpensive clothes washer because I was sick and tired of hauling clothes to the laundromat, and being in an apartment, I don't have room for a washer and dryer. Electric or hand-powered really didn't matter. What did matter was that hooking up to the faucet would be extremely difficult if not impossible since I already had a Clear2O filter connection on the spout. That ruled out things like the small Haier washers, which were too expensive as well. The electric Wonder Washer looked like an option, but had some bad reviews for its low capacity, sometimes poor reliability, objectionable noise and what looked like rather weak agitator action. Video reviews showed that it just swirled clothes around for a few seconds each way, not back and forth like a regular top-load washer. Think of an oversize stand blender. I considered the Wonderwash hand-powered washer, which received good reviews for its cleaning, but that seemed like it was rather tedious, with screwing and unscrewing the lid and installing and removing the drain tube and watching water drain in a thin stream. I settled on the Breathing Mobile Washer, which as a bonus was the least expensive option of all. (Just buy it direct from the manufacturer's website - breathingwasher dotcom - as mentioned in other reviews. Better to support the manufacturer and save yourself a little or a lot of money by cutting out the middleman. Don't mind their website. It's rather badly designed, but you're only going there to order.)
In my experience, the Breathing Washer works pretty well. For really dirty laundry, just pre-soak the clothing by pushing it down into the water/detergent with the Breathing Washer (15 seconds of agitation should do it) then let it sit for 15-30 minutes before doing the regular agitation cycle. A couple of minutes of agitation at about 30 strokes a minute really does do the job. In fact, the amount of dirt in the water from a bunch of socks each worn one day at the office can be alarming. I wouldn't want pillowcases that will eventually be against my face in that brown water, so I'm glad they're separate loads. Again, really bad loads may need extra rinse cycles, but unlike a regular washing machine, you can repeat fill-agitate-empty rinse cycles until you can see the water is clear, rather than trusting the machine. A quick wring to squeeze out most of the detergent-laden washwater before rinsing makes additional rinse cycles less necessary. It's quick enough that I don't really mind doing laundry now, instead of wasting over an hour at the laundromat. The plunging action is surprisingly easy. No strain at all. At the end of two minutes, I'm not winded, thanks to the action using two arms rather than one. Users of the Wonderwash have complained of having a tired arm after two minutes of cranking. But who couldn't do with a little bit of exercise? I've done several consecutive loads without getting tired. It's quiet enough that I can do laundry late at night without disturbing my neighbors. All you hear is a little sloshing and the "breathing" noise as the air rushes through the small top vents. Put on your iPod and headphones and you'd be surprised how quickly and easily the process goes. Wow, it feels like I just started plunging but that three minute song has finished! Still, I do have to admit that really tough, ground-in dirt and grime ("you've got ring around the collar!") may occasionally need a little extra attention with a small nylon brush, but only rarely.
Because it's so adjustable in terms of the amount of water and clothing, it's great if you need to do some "emergency" laundry, like if you need a certain garment clean for tomorrow or if you spilled something on your favorite shirt. No need to wait for a full load for the washing machine.
In terms of reliability, this is as tough and simple as it gets. No moving parts at all and it assembles in seconds. The blue parts appear to be made of heavy gauge polypropylene almost 1/8" thick (3mm for non-Americans). I can't imagine this ever breaking short of being run over by a truck. There are some reports of broken parts on the Wonderwash, which is one reason I decided against that. The only other thing you need is a bucket, and buckets also last pretty much forever. The square plastic pails that 22 pound clumping cat litter comes in are a good fit, just a little wider than the 8" diameter of the blue cone. At first, I was afraid the newer, slightly rectangular pails litter makers are switching to might be too narrow, but it turns out they're even better than the old, square buckets. The square ones didn't leave much room around the Breathing Washer, so water would often squirt up and out in the corners during fast, aggressive agitation. The newer pails have more width, so water can move to the other side rather than squirting upward. Some people use the five-gallon buckets sold in home centers, but I don't really like those. Too big and cumbersome for me, but you may not mind, especially if you have larger loads; I only do a few shirts or pants at a time.
A couple of tips: The first thing I would recommend is replacing the handle if you intend to use it on the floor. Your local hardware store or home center should have longer screw-in broom handles. I bought a 4-1/2 foot tubular steel handle from Lowe's for $5, which should last the rest of my life. The longer handle lets you stand upright and close to the bucket rather than having to stoop forward and down. This eliminates stress on your lower back. With the longer handle, the power comes from your arms, not your back. Or put the bucket on a platform to raise it up if you want to use the included handle (which is a few inches longer than your average toilet plunger). The first few loads I did without the longer handle, I just put the bucket on my bathtub rim, which also made it quick and convenient to fill with water and tip to dump out when I'm done. The bucket can't fall off the rim. If it slid towards me, I could quickly brace it with a bent knee. If it tilted away, the handle of the Breathing Washer gives me enough leverage to easily pull it back. In fact, even with the longer handle, I prefer to work with the bucket inside the tub, so any splashing is contained and, again, I have easy access to the tub faucet and drain (have to stand inside the tub to agitate, though). I can also wash larger items like comforters directly in the tub thanks to the longer handle. The long handle also lets me space my hands further apart for good control. I grip it with one hand at about shoulder level and the other at waist level, which would be nearly impossible with the original, short handle.
Don't go overboard with detergent. The manufacturer recommends only a couple of teaspoons per load. Using too much doesn't get your clothes cleaner. It's just excess detergent you'll have to spend extra time and effort to rinse out of your clothes. The easy way to know if you're using enough is to look for suds at the end of the wash cycle. If there's a just little bit of suds left, the water still has a bit of cleaning ability, which is perfect. You don't want no suds because that means you didn't use enough and the washwater is completely spent. Lots of suds means you used too much detergent. (The exception of course is if you're using the newest high efficiency detergents that create very few suds, which means you'll just have to measure the detergent.) A regular washing machine doesn't let you see if there's any residual detergent anyway. Once it's finished with the spin cycle, you just don't know how detergent-free the clothes are. In fact, there's a video demonstration that shows machine-washed and -dried clothes being put into a bucket of water then a few strokes with a Breathing Washer pulling enough detergent out of the fabric to create suds. Tweaking the amount of water also takes a bit of experimentation. I've found that too little water means the strong suction action on every upstroke tends to lift the entire bucket, unless I really slow down. That leads to more splashing and banging as the bucket falls back down. At least 2 to 2 1/2 gallons seems to be the minimum in my bucket even if I'm just washing one garment.
Also, other users have complained that the handle loosens during use. I haven't had that problem myself. Screw it on tightly the first time. Grip the "strainer" part, not the cone, when tightening. That's the part that's actually screwing into the handle, after all. Hold the cone and it'll just spin around the handle before it fully tightens. If you do have trouble with loosening, try winding a layer or two of Teflon tape around the threads before assembly (an old "plumber's trick" to keep threads from loosening; pick it up at the hardware store when you buy the longer handle), or smear some toothpaste on the threads before screwing the handle in, then let it harden for a few days before using again. This acts as a threadlocker compound. (Ever notice how tough it is to re-open a tube of toothpaste after some gets dried onto the threads?) This last may make it harder to unscrew if you ever need to disassemble it, but the Breathing Washer doesn't take up much space, so I don't expect to ever have to anyway. It's only a little bigger than a broom or a mop. Superglue or Gorilla Glue should also work, if you already have them, but that will definitely be permanent.
Paired with a drying rack over the tub, I now have a very "green" (economical and environmentally sound) laundry setup that costs me only pennies a week in detergent to run. Especially important with the insane prices of name-brand detergents (I'm looking at you, Tide!) nowadays. If you don't want to hand-wring your clothes before hanging up to dry, one of the commenters on this review suggested a restaurant-grade hand-cranked salad spinner (search for "commercial salad spinner" on Amazon). They cost a lot more than the home models (currently starting at $100 plus shipping) but handle much bigger loads and are more durable. They would be good for camping because they don't need electricity, just like the Breathing Washer. If you need faster drying at home, aim a fan set at low speed at the drying rack. It doesn't use much electricity and can reduce the drying time to slightly more than overnight if you do the laundry just before bedtime. For those of you who care about this, the Breathing Mobile Washer is made in the USA (Idaho, to be precise) unlike the Wonderwash and Wonder Washer (and nearly every regular washing machine), which are imports. Finally, clothes should last longer, as well. Unlike washboards and top-load washing machines, this doesn't rely on friction to scrub dirt off. You're actually pushing and pulling water and detergent through the fabric, which means a lot less wear and tear on the garment. It's similar to how front-load washers work, which tumble the clothes and water to constantly mix the two.
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