The Allurette washer makes clothing care easier. The Allurette provides the effectiveness of a machine wash with the gentleness of a hand wash. It is essentially a gentler version of our Scrubba Wash Bag with its modern take on the old fashioned washboard still a feature. Clothing is cleaned by rubbing it gently against the washboard. It is gentle on clothes and hands and provides a self-contained, mess-free, effective wash in just minutes.
The Allurette washer is for washing hand wash only items. These can include activewear, lace underwear and delicate clothing. Often our favourite clothes are hand wash only, but caring for them can be a hassle. We don't always trust delicate settings on machines and soaking clothes in buckets can be messy and time consuming, not to mention the drying effect it has on our skin. The Allurette washer is designed to make washing these items easy.
The Allurette washer is suitable for washing most clothing (other than dry clean only garments - always read the care label). This means that most underwear, lingerie, wool blends, silk blends, lace, activewear, sleepwear and baby clothes can be washed in the Allurette washer.
Generally, the Allurette is effective at cleaning a few delicate items at once, whether it be a couple of pairs of underwear, a bra and a camisole or yoga pants and a sports bra. While the Allurette can hold more clothing, the washing efficiency may be reduced if too much clothing is added.
The Allurette when laid flat measures approximately 49 cm x 26 cm (19.3 x 10.2 inches). When conveniently rolled and clipped the dimensions are 13 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm (5.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches).
For a machine quality delicates wash, use a few drops of a specialised handwash or delicate liquid detergent and gently rub the clothes for 2-3 minutes. For stubborn stains, the clothing may be gently rubbed for longer and/or the clothing may be allowed to soak in the Allurette washer prior to rubbing. If soaking clothing in the Allurette washer, ensure the Allurette washer is stored upright (e.g. seal facing upwards) to prevent water wicking through the seal.
Due to the waterproof lining in the bag, we recommend that water no hotter than 50°C (122°F) be used. Simply put, if it is too hot to hold your hands in, the water is too hot for the Allurette. It is important to read the care label on each clothing item carefully as different fabrics require different water temperatures. Some fabrics need to be washed in cold water to prevent damage.
We recommend the use of specialised handwash or delicate liquid detergent. We've found the use of liquid detergents to be more efficient due to the extra time it takes to dissolve solid detergents (powders, leaves, etc.). Using a liquid enables active suds immediately, reducing the overall time required for a wash. Mild baby shampoo (without conditioning additives that may add wax or oils) is a good choice for hand-washable silk fabrics. It will clean the natural protein and revitalize the fibre. You can test for quantities of different cleaning products in the Allurette by checking the amount of suds visible through the clear section of the bag. If you still have suds after 30 seconds of rubbing, then you can probably reduce the amount of detergent for the next load. Optimising the amount is not only better for the environment, but will also minimise the amount of rinsing required and reduce your washing costs over time. Avoid the use of detergents containing harsh chemicals, bleach or ammonia as these ingredients will not only damage your delicate clothing but will reduce the Allurette’s longevity.
Our testing has shown that the Allurette is as effective as a washing machine with the gentleness of a hand wash. If properly used, the Allurette will prolong the life of your clothes. The Allurette washer should not be used for dry clean only garments and it is important that users always follow the washing instructions for their clothing.
After rinsing the clothing, gently squeeze the excess water from the garment. Do not twist or wring the item as it may stretch the fibers and ruin the fabric. Lay your just-washed garment on a clean, dry towel, patting it into shape. Roll up the towel, encasing the garment. Gently press on the rolled-up towel to encourage water absorption. Repeat with another clean, dry towel if the first one becomes saturated. Always follow the garment’s label directions for reshaping and drying. If no care label exists, lay the washed garment on a clean, dry white towel spread over a flat surface that is moisture-resistant. Flip the garment over periodically, and replace the damp towel with a dry one as needed. Air-dry delicate lingerie on a drying rack. If the dry garment is wrinkled, check the care label for appropriate ironing temperature, and if necessary, press the garment gently to finish. If no care label exists, test in an inconspicuous area before pressing.