Have you ever been away travelling and thought to yourself – I should invent a portable washing machine?
Well, Ash Newland from Australia did just that back in 2010. The idea came to Ash after he decided to travel to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with a mate. Realising that he could only take limited luggage with him, the idea of a pocket sized washing machine came to fruition. In June 2012, the first Scrubba Washbags were commercially released.
I had seen this product on “Shark Tank” and thought to myself that this might be just another gimmick, so I decided to try it for myself!
Our trip to Cape York was the perfect scenario to test out the Scrubba Washbag because we were very limited on luggage space, had very few changes of clothes and were in remote areas where conventional washing machines were not accessible. The fact that the Scrubba Washbag is pocket sized was very attractive indeed!
So armed with my Scrubba, a small container of detergent and some really dirty clothes, we decided it was wash day! I took out my Scrubba, put in some detergent, put in a couple of litres of water, loaded the clothes and started washing! Even some local kids decided to give me a hand with it!
I was thoroughly impressed by the Scrubba Washbag and was really surprised by the results. This revolutionary “Pocket Sized” wash bag really does what it is designed for – it makes your dirty clothes clean! and I don’t mean “cleaner”, I mean “CLEAN”!
Ever seen a man doing the washing? Watch this video to see if he can manage!
Check out some “Before and After” photos.
This is me doing some washing!
Look how clean these clothes are!
What was even more interesting was the day that I got lazy and decided that I would use the washing machines at one of the campgrounds that we stayed in. I searched for some change for the machine, took my clothes over, waited 15 minutes for the person before me to finish, placed the detergent in, loaded the machine, put in my $6.00 for a wash cycle and waited….. About 45 minutes later, I went to unload the machine and started hanging out the clothes. I was incredibly amazed at how the washing machine coped with the dirty clothes! Everything was still filthy! So this was the real test….. I took my Scrubba, and rewashed the clothes….. Guess what? They came out perfectly clean! I couldn’t believe it when this little Scrubba Washbag got better results than a well known, fairly new commercial quality washing machine – and I could do the same quantity of clothes in 15 minutes, use far less water and get better results! I think that as a traveller, your investment in the Scrubba is not only worth it, but it will be recouped within 10 washes. I know what I will be doing in the future!
So how does the Scrubba work? The key to the Scrubba Washbag is the built in flexible washboard that gently massages the dirt out of your clothing.