I bought this product as part of my prepping. I used it exclusively for two weeks in Florida as a test, putting the clothes out in the sun for drying (even in high humidity) and trying it on everything in the house. Worked great.
Now in a colder climate, I continue to use it for my woolen knits (socks, sweaters, hats, gloves) as they don't do well with stress/stretching from the impeller in a regular upright washing machine. Sometimes I just fill up the bathtub and throw in a bunch of sweaters. Fabulous!
I bought a longer handle from the hardware store so I can stand upright to do the wash and I'll sometimes stand in the shower stall so sloshing doesn't make a mess, the gray water goes down the drain, and I can use the shower hose to refill the bucket.
Note: If the threaded end of your handle doesn't have a completely covered metal thread-cap or it has an exposed wooden tip, do NOT leave the handle connected after each wash. Any exposed wood needs to dry out completely after use, or it will grow bacteria and smell. (Spoken from experience; and even soaking in bleach later didn't sanitize the wood enough to stop smelling.) If the plastic wash cones loosen during use, just hold the cones down over your laundry and give the handle a twist to re-tighten the handle. I don't recommend using teflon tape or any other method to permanently attach the handle.
Posted on 2/16/14 by Dee Dee
I bought this a few years ago as part of my storm prep. Took it with me for a week-long trip to the mountains and it worked perfectly with a 5-gallon bucket. My wife discovered it sitting in our storage and uses it frequently for her delicate clothing. That was a plus. Now her sister wants one. She'll be a new customer!
Posted on 8/2/13 by JJ
He Actually Uses It
Sent this to my son who lives in a big city and sending all his laundry out was a budget buster. Two buckets in the tub - one for wash, one for rinse. Great for most clothing, though jeans require a lot of effort. Towels a no as they really take a long time to dry (no spin cycle). Sheets only one at a time. He has discovered that clothing not put in the dryer last longer.
Posted on 6/19/13 by Hidden Barb
my husband and i just got ours today. we washed a lot of clothes. 10 or so jeans and 15 shirts in a 5 gallon bucket. all the grey water went on our garden. we have been living off the grid since 1996. these little do dads work fantastic. we have used wash boards, the little pressurized washers, and yes the old stick and a rock. these are by far the easiest to use. plus they get our clothes super clean. the double plus is that the price here is the same after shipping as other stores want just for the washer. if you live off the grid as we chose too or are just looking to stock that emergency shelter. you can't go wrong with this device. it works and it works well. end of story,
Posted on 5/10/13 by oh no a hippie
I am a 70 year old female and live in a senior citizens apartment building. In January our offices and laundry room was closed for renovation. I bought this mobile washer to use until the renovation is finished because I absolutely hate going to laundromats. It is wonderful and I will continue to use it even after our laundry room is ready to use. I have a wooden dryng rack that I put in my bathroom and let a fan do the drying. I also put up a spring rod over my tub for hanging clothes to drip dry. Just think of all the money I will save by not paying $1.25 a load.
Posted on 5/2/13 by Majaritchie
No Frills Review
Readers: The wife bought this tidbit as a 'backup' washing device. We have tried it and it works as stated & better. If you add the teflon plumbers wrap to the threads, it does not come unscrewed. We bought a 5ft metal pole with handgrip from [a hardware store] to make a longer reach. It works in any pail(we used an old horse water bucket)and cleans everything. What it lacks is a wringer method to go along with it (in leiu of your hands). We bought a [name brand] mop pail with a wringer attachment to wring out the clothes. The bucket is not a good idea: it has two baffles in the center, which makes washing a PAIN> BUT a check with [an online] website shows that you can buy JUST the 'mop wringer' and put it on your bucket (it fits dandy on the flat side of the ex-horse water pail)!
For a 'few kopecks more' you can make a complete 'set' of washer & wringer. The Mobile Washer is just the size for Apt. /Condo/ect denizens, & to wash the stuff your wife DOES NOT WANT in HER electric clothes washer (like a Large, hairy horse blanket) Buy one: change out the handle, find a large bucket, and be ready for 'that storm' when the lights go out & the electric washer brakes, and you want some clean clothes.
Posted on 3/16/13 by Kilted Tailor
this hand powered washer is awesome, while all this acquaintances complain of their cloth diapers having smell problems, build up problems, etc mine always stayed fresh with no necessary extra treatment and not that much work at all. awesome alternative to use with less water, soap and electricity ;)
Posted on 12/7/12 by P.Bachand
Works like a champion light weight portable and does an amazing job bought it for camping but to be honest i had to try it before i packed it up got out a grease stain my washer didn't get because it forced the water threw the pant's material not as easy as a washing machine but works just as good if not better!
Posted on 2/28/12 by John
I bought the Breathing Mobile Washer for use in case of a power outage, for travel, and to use for hand washables or those items that don't fit well in a washer. I used it first on a shirt, just to try it, and it worked very well. Next I washed my insulated lunch box. It has to be hand washed, and before the mobile washer, I had to scrub and scrub it with a brush to get it clean. With the washer, I didn't have to scrub, and it looks as good as new! I washed two backpacks that don't fit well in the washing machine and they also came clean. I volunteer in the summer, a week to a time, and don't have access to laundry facilities. This will make it possible to pack fewer clothes and to wash those items that get really dirty so the stains don't set in.
Posted on 2/18/12 by Kim
Really Works Well
I initially bought it to use on items that I wash on a daily basis and have been extremely impressed. My clothes are cleaner and don't feel as stiff when they are dried. And now I don't have to wait a week to get a small load together for the washer. I have wash dishtowels and dishcloths and I am very happy with the outcome. A little soap, bleach or oxybleach let it set and they come out very clean. Save money, time and don't use as much water...what a good deal!
Posted on 12/18/11 by Gus
Great product with great results!
I was unsure of how this would really work but there were great reviews so I thought I would try it. I used it this week to wash clothes just to see if I would like it or need to ship it back and I am DEFINATELY keeping this! Not only does it wash clothes beautifully, it is small enough to be stored in our camping gear without hassle. I love this!!!!!
Posted on 12/12/11 by Suzanne
I kept meaning to buy this and sure enough my washer went out and no way to wash clothes. Next day ordered the Mobile Washer and bought a new washing machine. Used the Mobile Washer on a shirt that had a stain that needed soaking and was really surprised at how well it worked. Easy to use too.
Posted on 11/26/11 by Nuttbush
gotta love it
I bought this five or six months ago, but didn't really expect much. The first time I used it, though, it more than paid for itself. I had a couple of really gross cleaning rags, and didn't expect them to come clean. I let them soak for about fifteen minutes with some dish liquid and a little bleach, spent about three minutes plunging the, and was amazed at how clean they got. I've washed slips, nightgowns, and other small items with less soap and water, and in a lot shorter time than using a washer. (I live in an apartment building, and it can be a pain in the neck to get a washer.)
Posted on 6/19/11 by Linda
Saved my sanity and money too!!!
I too had my $1400.00 front loader break down in Feb 2011. I was taking my laundry to the laundromat until I remembered that I had this in my emergency kit. I washed mine and my sons clothes with less soap than I use in the front loader and they came out just as clean. Not much effort either as you only need "plunge" a minimal amount of times. Used less water too. By the time the repair man came to fix the front-loader, I was so used to using this and having my clothes washed fast, that it feels strange to have to wait for the front loader to get done with my clothes. Great purchase and I couldn't be happier!!!
Posted on 5/9/11 by Kimmi
Better results than a machine **
My expensive front load washer broke for the 7th time this year so I got the Mobile Washer out of my emergency kit. I was amazed at the dirt it got out of my jeans and chore rags and it was easy to use. I was so impressed with the results, I took a couple clean shirts out of the closet, that had been washed in the machine the prior month, and was shocked to see how much dirt had been in my 'clean' clothes. I'm going to just use my Mobile Washer from now on. It's fast, very effective and uses hardly any soap. Fabulous product!
Posted on 2/19/11 by DJ
It works great.
I bought two of these for my daughter and myself. I tried one on a filthy kitchen towel that had dried (3 days) coffee from a spill. I used a few drops of Dawn and a half cap of bleach. I was impressed with how well it got the stain out. A tiny bit of the stain was left but I don't think the machine would have done better. I sent the other one to my daughter in Africa. She has to wash her clothes by hand. She loves it.
Posted on 2/11/11 by Calvin
Fluffing your delicate tops
Fluffing your delicate tops, blouses using detergent for one load. Had several blouses I needed in 24 hours and didn't want to put them in the washer on delicate wasting all that water, but didn't have the hand strength to do them. Used the plunger and had them done in 10 minutes! Came out soft and air dried hanging near our wood stove. No wrinkles, or need to iron. Am ordering more for the kids for Christmas. Another great item to save time and money.
Posted on 12/13/10 by Becky S.
Best Hand Washing Method Yet!
I have been washing my laundry by hand for 11 years now and I wish I had known about the Mobile Washer before. I bought 2 of these, one for my son and one for me. I love it. It took the dirt right out of the clothes the first time I used it. Has made hand washing much easier and more productive. Uses less soap and water too. Excellent product!
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Download PDFMobile Washer DirectionsWeight: 1.36 lbs
Dimensions: approx. 29” long x approx. 8” base diameter
- Additional Info
A major advantage in an emergency is that the Mobile Washer requires minimal water to have it work effectively. In fact, four inches of water (or about 1 ½ gallons) in a five-gallon bucket is enough to wash several articles of clothes. The rinsing of the clothing could also be completed by the same amount of fresh water. Instructions included.
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