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.
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.
We were recently asked by one of our customers what washing material we recommend using with the Scrubba wash bag and we thought it would be useful to post our response here.
"At the moment we don't really have any firm recommendations for which cleaning product to use other than that the cleaning product should be a liquid (powders or detergent leaves take too long to properly dissolve). One of the reasons we haven't put up specific cleaning products (or included a cleaning product in the kit) is that every traveler has different priorities for cleaning products. For example, travelers such as myself prefer to travel as light as possible so if I can have a single product that can perform multiple tasks, I will choose it over a single purpose product no matter how much more efficient it is. In this regard, I will generally use a small dollop of 3-in-1 bodywash-shampoo-shave liquid in the Scrubba wash bag.
That being said, if you don't mind carrying extra products, carrying a very small (~25-30ml) bottle of washing liquid (e.g. Omo or the like) is a good idea when traveling. Washing liquids are probably the most efficient for cleaning your clothes in the Scrubba wash bag as they are purpose designed for removing oils and dirt from clothes. You really only need to use the smallest amount (probably a few ml per bag load) as washing liquids are generally highly concentrated. A good trial and error test for quantities of different cleaning products in the Scrubba wash bag is to do a few loads. If after 30 seconds of rubbing you still have suds, then you can probably reduce the amount of cleaning product for the next batch. Optimising the amount is not only better for the environment, but not overloading the cleaning product will minimise the amount of rinsing required.
Finally, if you are environmentally conscious, there are a number of bio-washing liquids on the market (often released by outdoor brands and available at camping stores) that are better for the environment (e.g. phosphate free). These probably fall somewhere between using bodywash/shampoo and a washing liquid in efficiency."