Portable, Electricity-Free Washing Machine Lets You Live With Less

Scrubba Wash Bag/IndieGoGo/Video screen capture

Last year, Lloyd wrote about a portable dishwasher designed for camping, suggesting that it could also provide a model for overcoming the limitations of the home dishwasher too. Perhaps the same could be said of the Scrubba Wash Bag, which provides a portable, hand-powered and completely sealed solution for washing clothes on the go.

For travelers who want to keep their load light, the Scrubba could be a god send in helping them get by with just a few t-shirts and undies rather than a week's worth of different outfits. But given the increasing popularity of tiny houses and living with less, the idea of a device that can wash a small load of clothes with zero energy and minimal effort should have appeal way beyond the backpacker crowd. It might even be the perfect companion to a transformer dress that provides 10 looks from just one garment.

Here's how it works. First, you put your clothes inside the waterproof, sealable bag, add 2-4 liters of water, and a few drops of detergent and/or body wash/shampoo. (Hey, why carry more bottles than you need?) And then seal it, and push out any air through the valve.

© Scrubba Wash Bag/IndieGoGo

Rub the clothes against the flexible washboard inside the bag for 30 to 40 seconds.

© Scrubba Wash Bag/IndieGoGo

And now remove the clothes and lay them out to dry. And if anyone is still addicted to old technology, don't worry about finding a mechanical dryer. Even if the old solar-powered line drying is not an option, surely with so few clothes to take care of, indoor drying of clothes becomes more viable than ever.

Want one? The Scrubba Wash Bag is not available for purchase yet, but its designers have already well exceeded their fundraising goals for manufacturing via IndieGoGo. (You can still help support them and pre-order a bag via the site.) Given the fact that this is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere—Design Buzz has a great write up of the Scrubba as the world's smallest washing machine—I think we can safely assume that these will be appearing in outdoors provision stores sooner than we might think.

Here's the IndieGoGo pitch from one of Scrubba's founders, Ash:

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