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 DeeWrite A Review
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Download PDFMobile Washer DirectionsWeight: 1.36 lbs
Dimensions: approx. 29” long x approx. 8” base diameter
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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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