The Scrubba Is Your Portable, Hand-Operated Washing Machine

This could be the best washing machine to use while camping.

If you’re out and about, whether you’re camping, biking, hiking, or just live in a tiny apartment or a dorm room and want to save on money, getting laundry done is an enormous pain. Either you’ve got to have a ton of quarters, or you’ve got to hope you can clean your clothes in a river. Fortunately, the Scrubba can help you get your clothes clean, fast. This is for those without the best front load washing machine.

Rub A Dub Dub

Cleaning clothes requires three things: Soap, water, and agitation of some form, preferably across a rough surface. Hopefully, if you’re outdoors or live in a tiny space, you’ve got two of these things already. The Scrubba is a bag with beads on the inside that takes care of number three.

Clean It Good

It’s fairly straightforward, really. Put in the clothes, two to four articles at a time. Add water and soap, preferably something that isn’t too harsh; you can use pretty much any liquid soap, by the way. Then, seal the bag, put it on a flat surface, and start rolling it for thirty to forty-five seconds. Rinse out your clothes, dry ‘em out, and wear ‘em again. Yep, that’s really all you have to do. It even comes in a convenient little backpack so you can stuff it in with your gear or tuck it up in your closet and break it out when you need the clean clothes.

A Washing Machine When You Need It


Having your own hand-powered washing machine can be more useful than you think, especially on long camping trips or when you discover that being in the great outdoors can actually be a messy, messy experience. Or, if you’re living in a small space and occasionally want to save quarters, this can be a useful way to get a little laundry done. Just remember to time your scrubbing!

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Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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