Self Isolation can be fairly easy if we have access at home for everything we need.
Across the globe many countries are facing total lock downs to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID19). During this difficult time, it is important to maintain a high standard of hygiene . Not just washing hands, you need to wash clothing and bedding frequently as well.
Self isolation can be quite tricky for residents in apartments (particularly in places like Manhattan and New York City) as they are not allowed to have personal washing machines or dryers. Using personal washing machine can lead to issues such as floor/ceiling cracks, mold growth and water damage. In NYC apartment spaces were built decades before a washing machines even became common in households.
Apartment dwellers usually drag dirty laundry baskets to shared basement facilities or drive/walk to the nearest public coin laundry.
-Poorly maintained machines
- Surfaces such as folding tables are usually not 100% clean
-Misplacing personal items along the journey
- High costs, with the average washing loads costing between $2-3 USD. Dryers are additional costs
These washing options can put others at risk during self isolation. Do you need to sterilize the washing machine before use, if it's not card operated will you have to handle quarters or visit a bank, will you be in a small room potentially with other people until the load is finished or risk the theft of your belongings?
- Some are cash only, operated with quarters
- Not environmentally friendly as a lot of energy is used
To prevent leaving your apartment space hand washing the next best option. It is a quicker option however your sink may not provide a quality wash. Washing your clothes in a sink can also be unhygienic and can be messy, which could potentially result in dangerous spills. Frequent hand washing can damage the skin especially for people with dermatitis.
Buy a portable washing machine
A handy alternative is the Scrubba wash bag. It takes up very little space and can easily be rolled up and stored in your drawers. Originally designed to allow travellers and campers to pack less clothes and wash them anywhere for free, the Scrubba wash bag allows a machine quality wash for up to 2 T-shirts, 2 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of socks in just minutes. It has been trusted by over 230,000 travellers worldwide who travel clean, light and free. You only need to use a Scrubba wash bag a dozen times to make buying your own washing machine worth it.
The patented washboard-in-a-bag design is easy to use. Just add dirty clothes, water, soap, fold bag up to the guidelines, let out excess air, scrub for 3 minutes then rinse with clean water. During isolation avoid your basement dryer and par dry with a microfibre towel. Par drying can help speed up the drying process and prevent dripping on your floor.
The Scrubba wash bag does not require any disinfecting. You will only need to rinse and turn the wash bag inside-out to dry after each use. Our wash bag uses microbial and hydrolysis resistant polyether TPU, air drying the inside of the bag will help it last longer and make it more hygienic.
In this changing climate, remember to keep calm and stay clean with the Scrubba wash bag. If you don’t have one you can find out more here.
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Since the launch of the Scrubba wash bag on crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, back in 2012, we’ve helped nearly 100,000 outdoor enthusiasts travel clean, light and free by providing a portable travel and camping washing machine ideal for all kinds of journeys. Lightweight, environmentally-conscious, and highly durable, our portable clothes washer is the best solution to the problem of doing laundry on the go, and now we’ve made it even better! You’ve spoken, we’ve listened, and the new Scrubba twist-valve wash bag is finally here!
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For the last few years, we’ve received feedback indicating that our travel wash bag could be even easier to use if we updated our squeeze valves:
When folding down the top of the bag I have to squeeze out the air manually as I go. Not a big deal, and I barely noticed it after a couple loads, but it sucked anyway.
Peak Mountaineering blog:
The only thing I think of that could be improved would be the air release valve (which is of the type you find on beach balls and similar inflatables). It is small, a bit fiddly to operate (particularly when your hands are wet and soapy) and generally feels like it could be a bit of a weak point on the bag. Having said that, the bag has held up to regular use over several weeks by a group of 14 without any problem so it should serve you well - I just feel like it should be possible to add some sort of more durable press release valve.
Gear Diary Blog:
What Needs Improvement: The “air valve” should be a bit larger as it seems not enough air came out of the bag itself.
As part of our eternal quest to make journeys of all shapes and sizes easier, we started compiling this feedback in order to develop an even more durable, less fiddly valve that would help to streamline the laundry process from start to finish. After all, the entire philosophy behind the Scrubba wash bag is one of freedom, our ultimate goal being to help people from all walks of life, on all kinds of journeys, shed their baggage. We absolutely refuse to let anything reduce the impact of this message, so we’ve spent the last year designing and testing a new valve to overcome the weaknesses of the former squeeze mechanism.
The new twist valve:
We’re confident that our new twist valve makes washing your clothes in the Scrubba wash bag even easier! Simply add clothes, water, and detergent, roll and clip the ends of the bag together, and then twist open the valve to release any excess air before rubbing the clothes against the internal washboard for 30 seconds – 3 minutes.
Our new valve is super lightweight and easy to twist open and closed, eliminating the need to manually and forcefully push air from a sometimes stiff, inflexible mechanism that can become slippery and fiddly, especially when wet. A sleek blue that matches the wash bag’s revised colour scheme, our new valve is not only more effective and practical, but also better suits the overall aesthetic of the wash bag, fulfilling the high standards that we demand from all of our products. We're pleased to announce that our new twist-valve wash bag will be superseding the old squeeze valve model, meaning that all wash bags purchased from our online store will carry the update*.
We’re proud to continue evolving our products in accordance with our supporters' needs, and will continue to innovate in the future to ensure that the Scrubba wash bag remains the easiest to use, most practical washing solution available to travellers.
The Scrubba twist-valve is here, and now you can travel even cleaner, lighter, and freer.
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* This excludes the Scrubba W Pack.
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Access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation saves lives in developing countries and can help education and the local economy. The team at the Scrubba wash bag are pleased to announce that they have donated USD15,000 to charity: water. The donation will fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.
The team at the Scrubba wash bag would like to thank all our customers over the last 2 years and everyone who supported our recent social media campaign where we committed to donating $1 per new Facebook like and $20-$100 for photos and videos sent to us by our supporters. The following are a handful of our supporters who sent in photos of themselves using the Scrubba wash bag:
"This donation of $15,000 will be first of many significant water projects that the Scrubba wash bag will support in the near future" said managing director and patent attorney Ash Newland. "The current project will take 18 months to complete and we will provide updates on the project as it moves forward. At the end of the 18 months, we will be able to provide photos and GPS coordinates of the project".
If you wish to support a similar project to this one or find out more about where our $15,000 donating is going, head to charity: water.