An innovative product, called the Scrubba wash bag, is set to change the way travelers and adventurers wash their clothing!
Portable and pocket-sized at about 6.34 ounces in weight, the Scrubba wash bag has been touted as the world's smallest washing machine.
The idea was born while inventor Ash Newland was about to trek up Mt Kilimanjaro: "I realized that I would only be able to take a few changes of clothing and would have to wash them regularly. While waterproof bags can be used to soak clothing, they really aren’t very efficient. It was then that I had the revelation that washboards have been around for centuries and they work!" Indeed, the Scrubba wash bag functions much like a flexible washboard-----only, it's within a sealable bag. The advantage of the Scrubba wash bag is that it minimizes costs while simutaneously allowing travelers the 'amenity' of clean clothes despite traveling far from any laundry facilities. Moreover, its portability has many seasoned travelers singing its praises because it offers a better alternative to carrying a cumbersome sink with you to soak clothes in-----after all, it can be folded down to fit almost any backpack!
Here's how it works: The Scrubba wash bag utilizes about one gallon's worth of water per wash. One only needs to add 3 drops of cleaning material (such as detergent, or even body wash, or shampoo). Place the water, cleaning material, and a small load of dirty clothing into the Scrubba wash bag then seal the bag. Deflate any excess air with the valve attached to the bag. Next, place the Scrubba wash bag on a flat surface (e.g. floor, table), and rub the clothing within against the Scrubba wash bag's flexible washboard-like nodules that scrub off the grime for a couple of minutes or so. The Scrubba wash bag can then be drained of the sudsy liquid, clothing can then be removed, rinsed off, and finally placed to dry off. Some supporters for the product have even shared their anecdotes of having used the Scrubba wash bag while on a plane.
Travelers have been applauding the Scrubba wash bag's viability and feasibility.