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- 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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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.
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- 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.
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.
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I had no issues with leakage or defective valves however I did ruin a white shirt (who brings white clothes on a world trip...) when I left the shirt and a few other items in the bag to soak overnight and some of the luminous green of the bag leeched into it and with only the Scrubba to assist with stain removal I had to abandon it somewhere in Colombia.
The Scrubba does work however the jury is out on whether it's actually better than a sink.
More importantly to any one considering this to use on a big backpacking trip it's worth noting that in most places (even very rural, developing countries) there are facilities to do your washing, usually very cheaply. It's genuinely worth considering not buying the Scrubba (which quite frankly is very expensive for what it is) and using the money as your laundry fund.
I did encounter one design flaw which was that the valve was extremely difficult to open when you were squeezing out the last of the air. On one occasion I needed to use pliers just to get some leverage.
I have used the Scrubba throughout my travels, but mainly as a handy dry bag and to hold my dirty laundry.
The two of us have been on the road for nearly five months and we are still using and carrying our Scrubba. It has proved its worth and earned in place in my pack. Sure you can wash in a hotel sink if there is plug but this is a better experience. You can really pump the washing or rinse water though your washing. You can also get a lot more water in Scrubba particularly for rinsing. That said it works best when you have some kind of bath or lower level tap where you can get a lot of water quickly.
1. It's not just for washing but rinsing as well. It works great as a bucket that you can fill and rinise the washing (just stirring it or pumping it up and down though the open top)
2, The valve: some people write they have blow the valve out. My valve needs to be pinched in its neck to let air/ water out.
Don't over pressure it, pinch the valve in different angles till it 'bleeds ' the air
3. My experience is:
-not to over fill it with washing.
-To leave a little air as it allows you to slosh the water though the washing
- to roll in back wards and forwards on the (shower) floor or
- alternatively pump each end flushing the water from one end to the other though the washing
Conclusion: pricey but packs flat and makes washing smalls, socks and t-shirts easy (my travel trousers get washed in it too)
An alternative would just be a Kayaking/ Canoeing dry sack (which would be a little more faff bleeding the air out)
It is incredibly light, and folds up tiny. It deals with our cycling and walking gear well, as well as normal daily clothes. We have had differing results with different detergents, and the one that we'v found works best is the Method concentrated liquid - just a itsy bitsy little bit of liquid.
I used a small bottle of bio-degradable all purpose wash, when that ran out i just used shower gel.
Its not for a full wash, more for underwear and the occasional t-shirt.
I was put off initially by the price but after using it for a 3 week stint in europe where i was able to keep my luggage lighter by only taking 1 weeks worth of clothes plus i saved on hotel laundry costs.
Bit expensive I think for what it is, but good to take on holiday, its packs down really small and its better then using the sink.