Traveling light usually means foregoing essential necessities like pillows and extra sets of clothes. Instead of lugging around more gear, why not bring a pocket-sized washing machine with you on your next trip?
Now you can with the Scrubba Wash Bag.
No Batteries Required
When folded, the portable washing machine is about the size of a soda can. Per session, you can fit a couple of shirts, a pair of socks and underwear. Pants generally take up more room, so you’ll have to do those separately. Inside the contraption, there are little bumps that stimulate the washing process.
After unraveling the bag and putting your clothes inside, you’ll need to add a bit of water and laundry detergent. Compared to a regular washing machine, this method actually saves a ton of water. The roll and clip mechanism ensures your goods are secure.
Next is the fun part.
Like you would knead a big batch of hard dough, work the bag for about 1-3 minutes on a flat surface. The duration of this step depends on how dirty your gear is. When you’re done, dump the water out and hang your clean clothes.
Better Than Most Conventional Washing Methods
It’s easy to argue that washing your clothes while taking a shower or in the sink is more efficient. But the Australian-made wash bag has several advantages over such traditional methods. The two alternatives to the Scrubba are not as thorough when it comes to abrasive cleaning (unless you have a hard brush with you). With that in mind, because you’d have to do a lot more rubbing to get the stains out, you may end up spending more time and effort on the process.
Advocates for Clean Water
Aussie inventor Ash Newland drew inspiration from his trip to Mt Kilimanjaro to create one of the most versatile cleaning contraptions for travelers:
“During the planning stages for the trip, we realised that with all our cold weather and camping gear, we would only be able to pack a few changes of casual clothes. This led to the issue of how we were going to wash our clothes every couple of days. After mulling over this issue for a few weeks, I was led to the idea of washboards – they have been around for centuries and they work very efficiently. The downside is that they are bulky and still require a sink or bucket.”
Riding on the company’s success, Newland and his team are also active contributors to various clean water projects in developing regions. The group fully funded the construction of a deep well in Tigray, Ethiopia. Notable donations include a water infrastructure project for a school in Bangladesh and a reservoir in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya.
The handy kit is available on the official website for $64.95. For a complete solution to your on-the-go laundry needs, check out the Scrubba Wash and Dry Kit. The package, which cost $109.95, includes a washing bag, drying towel, two inflatable hangars (great for drying clothes), and a packing cell.