“A washing bag. A Scrubba,” I replied
“But you don’t like doing laundry?” he said before we both fell about laughing.
Now while the world’s smallest washing machine might have an unusual name it’s probably because it is unusual by nature.
It weighs less than an apple, but it washes your clothes.
It’s actually quite amazing.
What is The Scrubba Wash Bag?
The Scrubba Wash Bag is a pocket sized device that you can pack in your suitcase and still travel light and clean. It’s been designed especially for travellers, trekkers and campers and its secret lies in the resilient little nobbles that act like a flexible washboard.
Clever really. A fusion of the old and new. An invention that allows you to get your clothes clean in minutes.
If you read on, you’ll arrive at a crazy little video my daughter helped me to put together (thank you Em!) and you’ll get the gist of how the Scrubba Wash Bag works.
You can, if you watch carefully spot the obvious mistakes.
Like how I used too much laundry liquid for the socks I was washing, and how I nearly let water out as I deflated the bag, and how I scrunched and shook as a washing motion, rather than rubbing, as if down by the river. But that’s because I’m not good at reading instructions.
I’m a wing-it kind of person, hope for the best and get on with it. Anyway, the Scrubba Washrag did get on with it and here’s how …
For the VIDEO Click here: Scrubba Washbag… The Movie I challenge you not to laugh at our antics 😉
But for the real deal about this smart little invention and how to use it properly, read on …
The Scrubba Wash Bag takes up the same space as 2 pairs of socks and weights 142g – great for when you’re trying to cut down on your packing.
It only requires 2 litres of water to wash clothes.
You don’t need power.
You can wash your clothes clean in only a few minutes.
How to use the Scrubba Wash Bag
I washed a pair of dirty socks as an example.
Remove bag from packaging. Add cleaning liquid and 2 – 3 litres of water.
Roll down and then seal the bag. You probably don’t have to roll the bag down as far as I did especially if you are washing more clothes.
Expel the air from he nozzle (watch the video above for this) and rub for as little as 30 seconds. 3 minutes provides a machine quality wash.
Rinse clothes in the sink or in the shower. Wring out clothes and hang out to dry.
Voila! Clean socks!
So who invented this nifty little device?
The Srubba Wash Bag was initiated by Ash Newland in 2010 who took a four month break from his job to travel to Africa and climb Mt Kilimanjaro. He pondered the problem about packing very light and keeping clothes clean, and he began to think about wash boards. This prompted his idea to incorporate a flexible washboard into a waterproof sealable bag which didn’t require a sink or bucket.
Disclaimer: I was gifted a Scrubba Wash Bag for editorial consideration.
One lucky Lifestyle Fifty reader stands to win a Scrubba Wash Bag ($64.95)
Tell me in the comments either: Were you are going that you might use one OR Where/when in the past you would have found one handy OR What tickled you about the Video?
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Closing date is March 15th, 2016 at 5pm Perth, Australia time. Readers must live in Australia or have an address in Australia to which the Srubba Wash bag could be sent if they win.
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UPDATE: 30 March 2016 : WINNER: Well Done Jenny (A Taste of Travel) you’ve won a Scrubba Wash Bag! An email is winging its way to you.