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Ways to avoid Coin Laundry

by Sam Brown |

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.

Cons
-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
-  Some are cash only, operated with quarters
-Time consuming
- Not environmentally friendly as a lot of energy is used

 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?

 

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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How the Scrubba Community Rallied in the Face of a National Crisis

by Sarah Home |

Tree growing amongst charred trees - Martin Von Stoll

Aggressive and wide-spread bushfires were a devastating reality across Australia in the 19/20 summer season, causing unprecedented damage, loss, and heartache which has been felt the world over. Together with the generosity of our amazing Scrubba customers, we were able to play a part in helping to support the incredible relief agencies, firefighters and affected communities in a time when it was needed most.


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The Ultimate Packing List and Tips

by Natalie Simpson |

Here at Scrubba we're put together the ultimate, and we mean ULTIMATE, packing list and tips with the help of a few of our favourite travel bloggers. We've covered everything from, a curated packing list, managing your money while travelling, how to pack efficiently, our favourite travel tech and accessories and a few helpful questions to ask yourself before, during and after your packing process. Hopefully we can make the dreaded task of packing a whole lot easier.


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