I’ve been asked if I wanted to write a Scrubba wash bag review, and initially, I was skeptical because the bag is made of plastic. However, after asking a few questions, I found out that this Australian brand has been introducing a new more sustainable version of this product: a Scrubba wash bag made with recycled plastic.
Well, in that case, I thought, why not? I love to support circular innovative products, even those that are made with recycled materials, as there is too much plastic already around and this is a way how to get it out of the system and be part of the solution to plastic pollution. So, I agreed.
The Scrubba wash bag is an innovative and eco-friendly laundry solution that is particularly helpful during travels and outdoor adventures. As someone who loves nature and has traveled and backpacked around the world, often camping, this tiny “portable washing machine” has impressed me with its efficiency, lightweight and ease of use.
Originally, all bags were made from 40 denier nylon fabric with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coating, due to the material being durable and waterproof, yet lightweight enough for travel. However, as an environmentally-focused
The bag arrived in a cardboard box that was also the wrapper around the bag and exactly its size. Another thinner cardboard inside was keeping the washing bag tight together. That’s it. No other wrapping material, no plastic poly bag inside, just as every sustainable shipping method should be. As a circular economy specialist I can see that waste has been designed out of the Scrubba packaging. it’s minimalistic, yet fit for purpose and has clever marketing on it, even with a QR code to scan for more info. Kudos to the Scrubba product management team for this circular packaging design.
Own Photo of the Scrubba bag zero waste packaging
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Using the Scrubba Wash Bag is straightforward. All you need to do is add water, detergent, and your clothes, seal the bag, and then agitate it by rubbing or pressing on the built-in washboard. The internal scrubbing nodules help to dislodge dirt and grime effectively, providing a thorough clean. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it cleaned my clothes compared to a traditional washing machine.
These are the official use instructions by the manufacturer that help you avoid any first-user errors and ensure optimal results, plus a couple of tips:
Step 1: Fill – Please use level measurement markings printed on the bag itself as a guide when filling with clothing, water, and eco-friendly laundry detergent. Please note: overfilling will decrease washing efficiency. Also, instead of laundry detergent, you can use eco-friendly dish soap as a detergent, so you save space while travelling and money.
Step 2: Roll & Clip – Ensure you tightly roll the top down 4-5 times and clip at the front to ensure the bag remains watertight.
Step 3: Deflate – Remove excess air from the bag with the twist valve when the bag is closed up and in an upright position.
Step 4: Rub – Lay bag flat, grip-backing side down, and then press down and rub clothes against the internal washboard for 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
Step 5: Rinse – Pour greywater out responsibly, at least 200 ft from the nearest water source if you are using the bag out in nature. Rinse by adding fresh water to the bag of clothes, closing it up, and shaking it to help remove any remnants of soap.
Step 6: Dry – Again, dispose of water responsibly and wring clean clothes out, then simply hang damp clothes on a line to dry.
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The answer is… it depends on your needs. If you’re on a long camping trip, on the road with a small van, or backpacking around the world, then yes, definitely! This camping wash bag is worth the money and this product will save you money in the long run as you don’t have to pay for laundry along the way. I have been backpacking around the world and found that in some countries like in South America doing the laundry was very affordable as you paid per kg, whereas in most other countries around the world, you pay per piece and it all adds up at the end of the trip.
In conclusion, I hope this Scrubba wash bag review was useful as it is overall an excellent sustainable laundry solution for cleaning clothes on the go that exceeds expectations in terms of portability, effectiveness, and environmental consciousness. Its compact size, durable construction, and versatility make it an ideal companion for travelers, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a convenient way to do laundry while minimizing their environmental impact. With a small amount of effort, you can enjoy fresh and clean clothes wherever your adventures take you. Overall, we think it could be a great addition to your sustainable travel kit as it enables you to save huge amounts of water and avoid generating waste or using electricity while on the road. Make sure you buy the version made with recycled materials of this world’s smallest washing machine though!