I was sent a complimentary Scrubba Wash Bag for review on adventuresoflilnicki.com. As per usual, all opinions are my own and I never guarantee a positive review.
Scrubba Washbag Review
A great and easy way to wash your clothes on the road. Which means:
Never Look Like A Hobo On The Road Again
Whether you live in a van down by the river, are backpacking your way across a continent, hiking for days on end, traveling for business, camping or hostelling your way across your Europe… You’ll find a use for this handy washbag.
The Scrubba washbag is an Australian design, created to give travelers the ability to wash their own clothes no matter where on Earth they end up.
How Does The Scrubba Washbag work?
It is essentially a dry sack with an internal washboard made of little rubber ‘nodules’ inside the bag and an air-release valve.
The instructions couldn’t be any more idiot-proof. The Scrubba even has the instructions printed on the side of the bag.
Just fill with water, clothes, and soap, rub, rinse and hang.
But in case you want a run through…
First, fill the Scrubba with water to the corresponding line to the load size and toss in dirty clothes. Next, add your soap. Just remember not to dump non-environmentally-friendly soaps and detergents into freshwater sources. The fishes don’t like that.
*I opted not to use soap in this particular load because we were out along the river and did not have a drain or container to dump our dirty soap water in.
Next, roll the top of the bag down 4-5 times and clip the clips together, exactly the same way you would a dry sack.
To release the extra air, open the air valve and squeeze the air out.
Next, flip the bag on its side and rub and massage your clothes around in the bag from anywhere between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.
After your clothes have been good and lathered up, rinse them out and then hang them up to dry!
Simple as that.
Also, if you want a quick way to dry out the inside of the bag: flip the Scrubba inside out and use the clips to hang!
But wait there’s more…
The Scrubba can also be used as a dry sack in the event you need to keep some special equipment dry. Or, if you’re out camping and need to haul water from a stream back to camp, you can always fill the Scrubba with water and use it as a pale.
Here it goes: The Scrubba Review
Overall, I personally think it is a great and useful tool. I don’t know about you guys, but I do enjoy jumping into a clean set of clothes!
- Coming in at next to nothing, a whopping 5 ounces; The Scrubba is very lightweight. This is a very important point when you’re living out of a backpack.
- The Scrubba allows you to wash clothes in places where washing may not be an option. It is an extremely handy gadget to have around as a regular traveler, backpacker, and hiker. I would have LOVED to have the Scrubba on my adventures in Socotra where I had no access to running water let alone a sink for that matter on most days.
- The Scrubba is effective. It does a fantastic job at actually cleaning grime off of clothes, much better than I do when washing clothes by hand. Which I might add, I’m terrible at. According to the Scrubba’s website, it is 2x more effective than hand washing.
- Reduction in laundering cost and hassle. No more waiting around at a laundromat, worrying about if items get lost, and no more having to pay to get your clothes washed.
- The Scrubba is multipurpose, as mentioned above. It can also be used to haul things or water around or as a dry sack.
- For most that I have talked to, it’s the cost. The Scrubba will set you back about $50 give or take. It will, in the end, pay for itself if you are a regular traveler by helping cut costs of laundry services on the road. But hey, it’s a unique idea and I do like that Scrubba does give to Charity Water, which helps to bring access to clean water and sanitation on projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh.