Guest post by Rightwingmom.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, my family was without power for 10 days. Luckily I prepared and had ever piece of laundry pre-washed and ready. After the first week, I found myself needing to do some wash. My only alternative was to wash and rinse in our bathtub…NOT a chore that was agreeable to my lower back! As soon as life returned to “normal” I set out to find an alternative. Enter the Wonderwash.
We purchased the unit and almost immediately took our 9 and 11 year-old sons on a ten day camping trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We only packed three days worth of clothing. Each evening we washed three loads: jeans, shirts, sweats, shorts, and underwear for two adults (bigger than size 12) and two (not-so-small) boys. We heated river water, added very little laundry detergent, put in our clothes, and tightened the lid to create pressure inside the tub.
After a two-minute spin, and due to my impatience, I skipped using the drainage tube and simply dumped the water out of the top. We quickly wrung the clothes, returned them, filled the tub with warm clean water and gave it a second spin. The entire process took 45 minutes. The clothes came out remarkably clean. (Reminder ~ We were camping on a river in the mountains and my youngest son has an aversion to cleanliness. The Wonderwash actually got s’more goo out!) We line dried and wore the clothes the next day.
1. Manually operated / NO electricity.
2. Compact design, but surprisingly large capacity.
3. Uses very little water and detergent
4. Washes and rinses quickly and completely.
5. Easy to assemble and use.
6. The cylinder, lid, and handle are a solid design.
1. The base does seem a little rickety, but if it breaks my husband assures me he can build a new base without too much trouble.
2. Despite the surprisingly large capacity, you will NOT fit a queen or king size quilt or comforter into this machine.
The Wonderwash has proven to me that it can handle my day-to-day laundry needs in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.