This is the seventh day my family has used the Wonder Wash portable, manual washing machine. Technically it’s a portable, manual clothing washer and not actually a washing machine, but for the sake of familiarity we’ll call it a washing machine. I week ago, when I began experimenting with the Wonder Wash, my goal was to use the Wonder Wash for seven days in order to report from experience on its benefits (or lack thereof) for regular household use. Before we discuss all the reasons I love this little washer and provide a few tips on using it in your own home, let’s talk about how it works
How Does the Wonder Wash Work?
On their website The Laundry Alternative Inc., makers of the Wonder Wash, explain how it works: warm or hot water is placed into the washing container and the pressure lid is put into place and tightened, air inside the container absorbs heat from the water and expands, and the pressure inside the container forces the detergent (diluted in the wash water) through the pores in the fabric effectively cleaning the clothing very quickly. The Laundry Alternative Inc.’s website doesn’t detail how spinning the container aids in its use, but I assume it helps build pressure inside the container and gently agitates the clothing to assist in getting it clean.
I’ve found the Wonder Wash very helpful. With it, I’m able to wash small loads of laundry as they become dirty, which I prefer to washing large loads at the laundromat. However, large items, like blankets, sheets,bath towels, etc., still require a trip to the laundromat. I would probably be able to wash bath towels in the Wonder Wash, but wringing them out might prove to be a challenge.
Things I love about the Wonder Wash:
- I’m able to wash small loads of laundry as they become dirty so they are less likely to pile up.
- Wonder Wash requires no electricity and can be used anywhere, including in my yard or on a camping trip.
- It saves regular trips to the laundromat.
- I am able to save most of the money my family would spend at the laundromat.
- Wonder Wash is portable, takes up very little space, and is easy to put away.
- It’s eco-friendly.
- It makes washing delicate articles of clothing easier, and they get much cleaner.
- My six-year-old daughter likes to help wash laundry by spinning the container.
- Using it is a mini workout.
Here are a few tips I learned this week while testing my Wonder Wash:
- I soak my laundry in detergent water in the Wonder Wash for a couple of minutes before actually spinning the washer.
- I always make sure the lid is on tightly before spinning (I learned this tip the hard way).
- I keep a small towel or sponge available to mop up any spills. Each time I attach and remove my drain hose a small amount of water escapes the container.
- I allow time for two rinse “cycles”. Most of the loads I washed were a little soapy after just one rinse.
- I hang clothing outside when possible, as hand wrung clothes tend to drip a little, but hanging them to dry inside is good too.
Several Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing a Wonder Wash
- How will you remove excess water from newly washed laundry? Will you wring it out or use an electric laundry spinner?
- Where and how will you dry your laundry? Will you opt for an outdoor clothes line, an indoor rack, or another eco option? If choosing an outdoor option remember to consider the weather.
- Where will you store you Wonder Wash? It is a very small appliance, but it still takes up some space.
Who is the Wonder Wash Perfect For?
I would recommend the Wonder Wash to anyone, but the following people might find it especially helpful: parents with diapers, bibs, or children’s clothing to wash, apartment dwellers, green enthusiasts, campers, people who live off-the-grid, college students, thrifty folks, and single people.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of the Wonder Wash, a Great Green Find.