This really is a post about the Scrubba Wash Bag. But first, let me tell you a quick* story about dirty clothes, travelling, and marital harmony.
(*actually, now that I’ve written it, it’s not that quick.)
So, I’m a real backpacker from way back. Real in the sense that when I travel for more than a few days, most of my clothes are dirty most of the time, and I hand wash what I desperately need (especially underwear, don’t stress, I am still hygienic, although there are definitely times when inside-out is the best you can do) and then just let the rest be as it is.
When we were in Iceland earlier this year, I must admit that I had failed to factor in washing machines when choosing our Airbnb accommodation. I also didn’t realise that Iceland is a country with very few laundromats (even the local media write about this laundry-less phenomenon). And I also hadn’t realised that my husband doesn’t believe a quick hand wash of clothing while you’re in the shower is sufficient, so while I was hand washing stuff for my son and I, my husband was accumulating a very large bag of dirty washing.
Finally in Reykjavik we figured we would find somewhere to wash. Google helped me find the Laundromat Cafe and one night while I stayed home with our (sleeping) son, my husband went off to get the laundry done. Only he came back rather quickly because he told me this was just a cafe, not a laundromat. I began to doubt my research abilities, googled further and eventually was able to tell him he had to go through the cafe, past the bar, down the steps and then there really would be a few washing machines there for him – which was true, when we all went back the next day. Dirty clothes problem finally solved.
All of this to say: when the makers of the Scrubba Wash Bag contacted me to do some work together, I was immediately thinking “this is the perfect compromise!” My husband could now consider the clothes properly washed, and we wouldn’t waste valuable travelling time in dodgy basements staring at washing machines.
My review of the Scrubba Wash Bag
I was also excited to hear from the Scrubba gang because I remembered seeing the product on the Australian version of Shark Tank (that show where entrepreneurs go to pitch their product or service to the “sharks” – potential investors – in the hope of getting some more funding for their business). (Secret weird thing about me – Shark Tank is one of my favourite shows.)
When I first saw it on TV, it sounded like a great idea. Then they sent me one, I tried it out, and I was convinced that it really was a great idea. In the meantime two of my Perth-based readers have told me they have their own already and love them dearly.
So, basically, the Scrubba Wash Bag is a very light, portable bag that has special nodules on the inside – like an old-fashioned washboard from my grandparents’ era – and a non-slip surface on the outside, so you put your clothes, water and soap inside, rub it all around a bit and voila, your clothes are clean.
We were sent the wash and dry kit which comes all in that little black bag my son is holding above, and includes all the stuff you can see in the picture below – the white bits are inflatable coat hangers, which I think is particularly genius. I also got a big hit of sentimentality seeing that clever washing line, because one of my best friends gave me a similar one about fifteen years ago when I first left Australia and I got so much use out of it, but I don’t know where it ended up! The travel towel in blue is to help you half dry the clothes which is all too smart.
To use the Scrubba, basically you throw your dirty clothes in the green bag, add water (there are marks on the bag to show you how much you need, depending on how much you’re washing), add some kind of soap (I usually just use shower gel when I’m travelling rather than taking extra washing powder), then fold down the top of the bag and clip the black clips together. Next step is to push out as much air as you can through the valve (I was a bit lazy here, as you’ll see in the little video below, but it still worked fine), and then do your scrubbing. The non-slip bit on one side of the green bag means it stays where it should and the little nodules inside the bag help give everything a really good agitation so you get lots of soap through everything and I have to say, even my son’s dirty shorts came out really perfect after only a minute or so of scrubbing. (I think they recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the dirt factor!)
To sum up: this is going on every future trip of mine without question!
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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Here’s the bonus good news. The very cool Scrubba people have given me two more Scrubba Wash and Dry Kits to give away to my readers.
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