The guys at Realistic Preparedness (http://realisticpreparedness.com) have just posted their thorough review of the Scrubba wash bag. After extensive testing, they found the Scrubba wash bag to be a "really neat idea and a well thought out product" and mentioned that "with a little practice, it works surprisingly well". While you can check out their full review by clicking here, they do provide the following great extra tips for using the Scrubba wash bag:
"Using the Scrubba is pretty straightforward. The directions are printed on the side of the bag, in pictographic steps that would make IKEA proud. They break the process down into six steps: Fill, Roll & Clip, Deflate, Rub, Rinse and Dry. There are a few hints for each step which you learn after running a few loads that make things easier, though:
1. When filling the bag with water, aim to make the contents the consistency of a thick clothing soup. It is also a good idea as well to start with about a third of the amount of soap that you think that you’ll need. As for capacity, when the bag gets close to half full, it is time to run a load.
2. For the roll & clip step, squeeze as much of the air out of the bag as you can, before rolling the top five or six times and clipping it shut.
3. When deflating the Scrubba, squeeze the open valve on the sides and then press down on the bag with your other hand for the best effect.
4. The rub step seemed to work the best when pushing back and forth with long strokes at about two cycles a second.
5. Rinse is more effective if you take about five seconds to quickly squeeze the soapy water out of your clothes before adding the clean rinse water to the bag.
6. The clothes dry faster if you wring most of the water out before hanging them up to try. "
The team at Smarter Travel recently reviewed the Scrubba wash bag. Here is an excerpt from their review:
"How It Rates:
- Usefulness: 10/10. Wash clothes while traveling without having to use a dirty sink. Tests have shown that the wash bag is twice as effective as hand-washing, and gets your clothes just as clean as a washing machine—all in just three minutes.
- Portability: 10/10. The Scrubba folds for easy storage and takes up less space than a t-shirt. It also dries extremely fast (just turn it inside out and hang), so you can pack it fairly soon after using.
- Value: 7/10. Will save you money over time if you use it instead of laundry services or laundromats, but is still an expensive initial outlay.
- Durability: 9/10. Seems durable, but comes with a warning that zips, buckles, or other sharp/hard items could puncture the Scrubba, so wash with care.
- Cool Factor: 10/10. Definitely cooler (and more sanitary) than hand-washing your clothes in a shared hostel bathroom sink.
Final Verdict: As someone who likes to pack light on trips and has no washing machine at home, I'm well experienced in the art of hand-washing. My current method: clean a sink and stop it, then swirl clothes around in a detergent-filled bath for a bit. Rinse. Needless to say, hand-washed items don't feel as clean as ones that have taken a spin in a machine. Then I tested the Scrubba. It eliminates the sink-cleaning step, and is really easy to use. Just fill the bag with detergent, water, and dirty clothes. Then roll the bag down and deflate any extra air (using the attached valve). Rub the clothes from the outside against the interior flexible washboard for between 30 seconds to 3 minutes, empty out the dirty water, and rinse with clean water. Hang to dry, and you're done!
I loved the Scrubba's clear window that lets you see exactly how much dirt and grime you're getting off the clothes. Also, the bag is so portable (even when in use) that you could fill it up, and then leave the full Scrubba anywhere to soak, which is perfect for shared bathroom situations. The clothes really do seem clean after washing them in the Scrubba.
I'm sold—and will use this to hand-wash delicate items at home, and entire outfits while on the road. It's worth the money if you backpack, camp, travel light, or hand-wash a lot!"
To check out their full review, head to the Smarter Travel site.
The Scrubba wash bag received a great review from examiner.com and made the Examiner's 2013 Spring Camping Gear Review Roundup. Here is the excerpt:
"Scrubba Wash Bag:
One of the biggest problems of traveling for any considerable amount of time is being able to pack light. Of course, the problem with packing less clothing than the amount of days you will be traveling is that you will have to deal with washing them every few days. Yes, you can wash your clothes in a laundry mat, hotel sink, camp bucket, creek, or lake. Sinks and buckets use lots of water and make a big mess no matter how careful you are. Natural bodies of water are fine if you are lucky enough to be near one. The problem is access to many of them involves trudging through mud and using soap in said body of water is not great for the environment.
The Scrubba Wash Bag solves this by allowing you wash a few clothing items without using a lot of water or making a mess. Plus, nobody enjoys paying to sit in a laundry mat while on vacation. The Scrubba Wash Bag looks deceptively like a waterproof dry bag. However, it has two features that make it very effective as a wash bag for your dirty clothing. First is the built-in internal raised washboard that helps agitate your clothing. The second feature is the air release nozzle that allows you to get the remaining air out of the bag after you have sealed it up.
While testing, I brought the Scrubba Wash Bag along on several trips, and I found it highly effective and easy to use. It’s a great way to limit how many clothes you need to pack for your next adventure as well as reducing how much water is necessary to get your clothes clean. I definitely recommend it for those who pack light and enjoy camping, backpacking, road-trips, or world travel."
Review by James Hannibal, Tech Review Photojournalist, examiner.com
For the full story, head to http://www.examiner.com/review/2013-spring-camping-gear-review-roundup
We recently came across this great review of the Scrubba wash bag from thisworldrocks.com and thought we would share a quote as it is a great example of why we developed the Scrubba wash bag in the first place:
"We are only carrying two carry-on sized backpacks for our extended trip, and it was evident from the start that a laundry solution was a critical issue for us. We first heard of the Scrubba Wash Bag by doing a Google search, and it looked perfect for us. We have been travelling with it the entire time, and have used it on almost every piece of clothing now. We have been very impressed by this product, and it has saved us a lot of money and trips to laundry mats. It requires a little bit of manual labor to wash the clothes, and the more you work, the cleaner the clothes get. The product is thin and slides into the very bottom of my backpack without taking up much space at all. So far, it is also much more durable than I expected, with no signs of wear at all. Highly recommend!"
The full review and rating (90%) can be found at: thisworldrocks.com
Happy travels everyone.