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Scrubba Wash Bag - Portable Laundry System For Camping, Hiking, Backpacking and Travel
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- SMALL WASHING MACHINE: World’s smallest and lightest washing machine. Only weighs 145g!
- HIGH-QUALITY WASH: Scrubba nobules technology helps you achieve machine quality wash in just 3 minutes. Clothes come out clean and smelling fresh.
- PORTABLE WASH ON THE GO: Compact and pocket size – take anywhere. Also doubles as a dry bag!
- LIGHT, EASY TRAVEL: Convenient wash bag means you pack fewer clothes, have a lighter backpack and suitcase. Works great in your home and apartment too!
- HELPS YOU SAVE MONEY: As a dependable alternative to neighborhood, hotel and travel laundromats, you can put an end to costly laundry visits. Save money while traveling by doing laundry with your Scrubba Wash Bag
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World’s smallest washing machine and the ultimate travel accessories
Our ultra-portable washing machine makes your journey easier. This convenient, pocket-sized travel companion allows you to travel lighter and helps you save money, time and water.
Weighing less than 142g (~5oz.) the Scrubba Wash Bag is a modern take on the old fashioned washboard. It is twice as effective as hand washing* and a lot more hygienic that a dirty hotel sink.
Over 100,000 travellers, campers, backpackers, hikers and holiday makers have experienced firsthand the quality wash our internal flexible washboard delivers.
Features and Benefits
Lightweight and travel Size
Pocket size and small enough to take anywhere! Only weighs 5oz and doubles as a dry bag
Machine quality wash in minutes
The key to the Scrubba Wash Bag is the flexible internal washboard. More effective and sanitary than using shared washing facilities or a hotel sink.
Save money on laundry
Save money and time doing laundry while traveling. Wash clothes wherever and whenever you want for free.
5 easy steps for machine quality wash
Achieve machine quality wash in minutes by following these simple steps
Add water, cleaning liquid and clothes to the Scrubba Wash Bag (20-40% volume).
Roll down top at least 4-5 times and clip ends (like you would with a dry bag).
Scrubba Wash Bag doubles as a dry bag when not used for washing clothes!
Twist the valve and press down on the bag to expel any excess air from the Scrubba wash bag
Press down and rub clothes against the Scrubba Wash Bag’s unique internal flexible washboard for 30 seconds for a quick traveler wash, or for 3 minutes for a machine quality wash. For delicates, press and rub gently
Unclip and unroll the Scrubba Wash Bag’s seal. Pour out water. Rinse clothes with fresh water in the Scrubba™ Wash Bag or under a running tap or shower.
Style: New version (Twist 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.
So I took the plunge. I quieted the voices inside my head shouting "BUYER'S REMORSE" by hoping that at least the bag was going to be high enough quality to at least work as a decent (albeit expensive) laundry bag, if the washing thing was merely hype. Meanwhile, another part of me was thinking, "...it's about a dollar a load at a laundromat...this bag had better justify at least 50 loads, and then some..."
Before I go into more details, let me tell you that I know what I'm talking about when it comes to doing laundry while traveling...I bring a bit of high-performance detergent (Sports Suds is what I like to use when I travel Sport Suds Detergent, 500g Zipper Pouch, 40+ Loads) because I really can't stand letting used work-out clothes fester while traveling. Anyway, I usually wash my clothes in the hotel sink (and pray that the stopper isn't broken). And yes, I know about the "roll the clothes in the hotel towel" technique to dry them out faster.
So I received the Scrubba just in time for a trip this past weekend. Indeed, the bag physically lives up to the claim that it's small and light. Furthermore, I am happy to report that it looks relatively well-constructed. The air-release valve that is shown in the picture has been improved upon with a dial-based valve, so I imagine that the version that I have is more durable than the original. Seams look well-constructed and the overall design premise looks well thought-out.
Taking the device for it's first test-run, I was pretty happy that the bag didn't leak and that filling and closing the bag didn't create a mess. You have to be a bit careful that you don't bleed too much water out when you squeeze the air out of the valve, or else you'll end up with water on the outside of the bag. Overall, setting up the bag for washing was every bit as unmessy as the claims.
Agitating was also a very clean experience. Heck, I was doing the agitating on my hotel bed. No water leaked onto the bed. Agitating was like playing around with a tiny waterbed, and after a while, it did get a bit tiring. Not sure how well that rubber inlay contributed to the scrubbing of my clothes inside, but I suspect that if there was too much friction, my clothes (especially the synthetic sports stuff) would get shredded. Overall, I must say that the agitation process was extremely mess-free compared to my usual sloshing of clothes in the sink (soapy water everywhere on the counter...), and my hands got to stay dry.
Now, onto the rinse part. As you can imagine, draining water out of the bag and then filling it up, bleeding out the air, and then repeating, is going to get a bit messy. Indeed, while I tried my best to keep the water contained, I don't think it's possible to be able to fill and bleed the bag multiple times without getting the outside a bit wet. At the very least, the outside of the bag is going to get wet since the sink/tub you use to fill up the bag will get wet when you dump out the previous bag of water. Oh well, so be prepared to have a towel around to wipe down the bag after each rinse. Fortunately, you get lots of towels in a hotel room.
Finally, are the clothes clean using Scrubba? Well, heck yes. If you're used to doing clothes in a sink, this bag will keep your hands dry and keep the water contained, so you can certainly be more aggressive in agitating the clothes. If you're worried about soapy clothes, just rinse multiple times (and be sure to squeeze as much water out between rinses). Finally, be sure to roll your clothes in a hotel towel to squeeze out excess water before drying. So compared to sink-washing, I'm concluding that my clothes are cleaner with Scrubba.
So what's my overall user experience? Well, the initial sticker shock is jolting. Sure, I believe the designers should be compensated for designing a good product, but the $50 price must be a huge mark-up over the actual cost of the materials. Just you watch out for the cheap, knock-off products (possibly even made in the same factories) that will come flooding the market if they don't continue to innovate... But anyway, the product seems well constructed (I've only had it 2 weeks), and it lives up to its claims of lightweight, waterproof, and a convenient, mess-free clothes-washing device. So those attributes definitely soften the $50 price tag. I'm giving this product four stars based on what I believe will be many more (> 50?) mess-free washes in future travels.