World’s smallest washing machine

When travelling, there aren’t always adequate facilities to allow you to wash your clothes (Have you ever tried to do hand washing in one of those tiny narrow sinks? Do you remember how much water ended up on you instead of the clothes?). It can also be pricey to ask the hotel to wash your clothes for you. So, what are your other options?

The Scrubba is a nifty travel gadget for those wishing to do hand-washing on the go. It claims to be the “world’s smallest washing machine” and, at just 140 grams, it’s a difficult claim to refute. The Scrubba is a washing bag which works on the same principle as an old-fashioned washboard. The bag itself is waterproof, so you pop your clothes inside, add water and detergent, seal the bag up tightly and then rub your clothes against the flexible washboard contained within the bag.

The bag can comfortably wash two t-shirts, two pairs of underwear and two pairs of socks at one time. A load of washing needs to be rubbed around in the bag for three minutes, but if there are stubborn stains it’s a good idea to let the clothes soak for a few hours.

The Scrubba bag comes with a warranty, and if the washing bag fails due to a defect they will replace or repair it.

The other great thing about this company is that they’re trying to do good with the profits they’re making on these bags. Recently the Scrubba team donated US$15,000 to help provide clean running water to a school in Bangladesh.

You can see how it works in the video above, or visit the Scrubba website to find out more or to purchase a Scrubba. 

What do you think? Would you consider doing your washing in a washing bag such as this? 

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