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Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag
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- Machine quality wash whenever and wherever you want
- A modern take on the old fashioned washboard: hundreds of internal Scrubba nodules efficiently clean clothes in minutes
- Durable microbial- and hydrolysis-resistant polyether TPU; doubles as a dry-bag
- Lightest and smallest washing machine in the world at only 5 oz.
- Great for holidays, backpacking, business trips, camping, outdoor adventures, boats, emergency power outages, and small apartments
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From the manufacturer
The award-winning Scrubba Washbag: The world's smallest washing machine
Thanks to the integrated scrubbing nobules, the Scrubba Washbag is twice as effective as hand washing.
The Scrubba Washbag weighs less than 145g (5 oz.), making it the lightest and most compact washing machine in the world.
Achieve machine quality washing results in just 3 minutes.
Made from microbial- and hydrolysis-resistant polyether thermoplastic polyurethane. High quality components ensure a long life.
Style: Squeeze Style Valve
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Let me be specific with my review:
1) The order process:
- it was shipped fast.
- shipped in good condition.
- and, I am loving Amazon locker. For those of you who live in apartments without a doorman to sign for your packages, Amazon Locker is a savior. Basically I picked it up from a list of pickup locations in New York City. I believe they have other locations in other states.
2) Understanding how it works:
- pretty easy considering all they had were cute illustrations and matching short captions.
- it's probably because I'm a little slow but the part where I got stuck with was how to deflate the bag while sealed, to release excess air inside, before you rub the bag, to wash the clothes inside.
- apparently, you have to squeeze the small plastic valve to release the air.
- the carton did not write the squeeze part. There were arrows though which I didn't understand (again, maybe I'm slow). Thankfully, the instructions on the wash bag itself did.
- once I figured that part out, the rest was easy.
3) how physical it is:
- let's be fair here, the reason you are buying this product was because you opted to save money by not paying a hotel to wash your clothes or to save yourself the trouble of commuting to a faraway laundromat.
- so, do understand that there is manual labor involved. Be fair, you are not buying a washing machine that will wash your clothes and drain the water with one easy push of a button.
- I found myself kneeling beside a bath tub to:
a) squeeze the valve with one hand while pushing the bag down to release the excess air,
b) 'rub' the bag with both hands pressing down, to 'wash' the clothes inside,
c) then standing up to turn the bag upside down to remove the dirty water
d) stand up to put bag under faucet to put clean water to rinse
e) then put bag upside down and press it down to push the water into the bath tub drain
f) then repeat D & E three more times to rinse the soap from the clothes fully
g) finally, twist the clothes to drain the water out and hang them to dry
I know that this sounds like a lot but if you've traveled and washed your clothes in the bathroom sink, you'll end up more relaxed BUT with clothes that are not as clean vs if you've washed it with this Scrubba bag.
And besides, every time I've washed socks or shirts or underwear in a hotel bathroom sink, I end up spilling water all over the place.
So yes, it is a work out to use this bag but it's not that bad. It really depends how long your preferred 'wash' process is. The hardest part is the 'rubbing' to wash the clothes inside, against the grooves/rough surface inside the bag, to loosen up dirt. It can be easy if you do it for 30 secs. It was tiring to do it for 2-3 mins but that was my preference, to make sure the dirt in the clothes get really loosened up. I chose to extend the rub time so it was choice to make it tiring for myself. You don't have to.
Again, it does save you money from hotel fees or the hassle to find a laundromat.
4) how effective at cleaning:
- I didn't notice it with the darker clothes (because of course they're dark in color in the first place) but the white clothes were noticeably cleaner vs if I did the old way of manually rubbing white shirts together in the bathroom sink.
- I was shocked that this bag was able to visibly clean the dark neck and underarm stains that are obvious in white shirts.
- so yes, it actually worked better than the old bathroom sink method.
a) one reviewer was right. Don't use too much laundry detergent. It will make it harder to rinse out. You'll end up rinsing it more than 5 times and it will still end up soapy when you squeeze the water out from the clothes before you hang them to dry.
b) because it's such a physical process, at least for me, don't wait for all the clothes to pile up. I guess start washing 3-5 pairs of socks, for example, as soon as they're ready to wash. The first time I used this bag, I washed a lot of clothes. I was exhausted after.
Buy it if you travel frequently and if you travel on a budget.
I live in New York and the harsh winter made it hard for me to walk 10 blocks to a laundromat. This bag now allows me to wash my clothes inside my apartment. So happy I don't have to freeze outside just to wash underwear.
- it is certainly easy to use. For the customers who have complained about the valve being to small to push a lot of air out of efficiently- I simply pushed out as much air as possible before I rolled it up. Then I used the valve to push out the last bit of air.
- it serves very well as a laundry bag. I would put my dirties in the bag until I was ready to wash.
- it is a compact way to have clean clothes without having to hunt down a laundry mat or spend time getting a less efficent result in a sink.
- it takes up such little space, even for a minimalist like me.
- it does a fair amount of laundry in a load. I would say I was able to get a weeks worth of underwear and socks, as well as a few shirts or other similar items in one load.
- price was certainly a factor. While traveling in Asia I could get 10kilos of laundry done for a couple dollars, and did not have to wash or dry myself. In other countries where laundry is more expensive, or simply not available one would have to weigh the cost for themselves.
- I felt that to get a true clean you would either need to do a kid twice, once to rinse the dirt and another to really clean. You could also pre-rinse in a sink.
- time, I know it says that it you "agitate" for about three minutes. The reality is that you fill, squeeze out air, agitate, dump out used water, refill, reagitate, then spend a lot of time wringing out clothes for awhile to make them dry enough to air dry. For two loads it took me about 30 minutes of sitting on my shower floor going through the steps- so let's call it 15 minutes a load.
I would certainly recommend this to other travelers, especially backpackers/campers.