I received this unique birthday gift prior to the beginning of the 2014 sailing season, a manual washing machine for the boat! At the time of writing this, it is available at Costco.ca for $79.99
Although I haven’t used it yet, it seems to run on the same theory as a salad spinner but with a release valve and hose, for spinning out the water into a bucket (to re-use for a second load). One of my sisters just loves hers and used it for a couple of weeks prior to ordering one for me. I could become a very popular person in some remote areas or out at sea.
A description copied from the Costco site is as follows:
“The Laundry POD is a portable alternative to conventional washers. First you fill The POD with 4-6 L (1 – 1.5 gal) of water and just a tablespoon of your favorite detergent. Next you place up to 10 garments in the basket. Now you let the garments soak for a couple of minutes. Once you’ve placed your clothes into The Laundry POD it’s a simple process. Now that all the washing materials are in The POD you just make a few simple rotations of the handle. Just a minute is all it takes to get your clothes clean. The rotation causes agitation and enables the clothes to be scrubbed and cleaned. Drain the water by opening the valve and rotating the handle to extract the dirty water. It’s time for the rinse cycle, just put some clean water in The POD and rotate the handle. Now the clothes are done being cleaned and are ready to be dried. All you have to do is open the valve on the bottom and place the draining tube into the sink. Now rotate the handle again and this will extract most of the water. The spinning will remove the water from the clothing using centrifugal force. The Laundry POD is equipped with easy spinning gears, so doing laundry is simple. The rest of the water will be removed when the clothes are hung up to dry completely. Features: Uses zero electricity, Less than 11.5 L (3 gal) of water needed per load, Compact size for easy storage, Clean clothes in less than 10 minutes, Easy to use, Gentle wash and extract cycles are ideal for delicates and small loads.”
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