Once in a while, it’s fun to take a break from DIY and do something totally different. That’s exactly what I was thinking when I took a look at this tabletop washing machine.
Have you ever seen a little gizmo like this? It’s a portable, no-power-needed washing machine for small loads. How easy, economical, and eco-friendly can you get?
EcoWash Go Green Washing Machine
Disclosure: EcoWash sponsored this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.
We (my family) started thinking about ways to function that would decrease our carbon footprint after my son had to do a project for one of his college classes. As part of a business and technology class, the students had to choose a product and improve its eco-footprint from raw products to manufacturing to household use. He chose clothes lines. And —well— all I can say is that this was a real education. For one thing, there has been little change in clothesline manufacturing and distribution since the early to mid 1900’s. Thank goodness the same isn’t true for washing machines.
EcoWash Product Review
How to Order and Assemble
The EcoWash can be ordered online (links are at the bottom of this post) and delivered right to your door. It takes about two minutes to pop the stand together and attach the handle. Tools or special skills are not needed because it literally just pops together.
Photo Credit: Sassy Townhouse Living
To see how easy assembly really is, please check out the YouTube video link at the bottom of the post.
How to Wash
The EcoWash can wash up to 5 pounds of laundry per load. For this amount, about 4 quarts of hot water from the tap (never hot from boiling) and about 1-2 teaspoonfuls of detergent is needed.
For this demonstration, I added only one shirt and filled the water chamber about half-full. The lid was sealed onto the top and the handle was used to crank the water chamber around for about 2 minutes. I cranked the handle both forwards and backwards. Here is how the laundry looked after two minutes of agitation.
I think I used too much detergent. 🙁 Oooops. Note to self. Less than 1/2 teaspoonful will work with my very soft water.
How to Drain
To drain the wash water, simply attach the drain pipe underneath the water chamber. It will immediately begin to let the water release. To achieve a full drain, release the lid seal at the top, too.
How to Rinse
Because I went full-on bubbilicous in the wash, I left the drain tube attached and ran several pitchers of water through the water chamber. When the bubbles were flushed out, the drain tube was removed and the chamber was filled with cool water. And, just like the wash cycle, the rinse cycle was hand cranked in forward and backward directions for about one minute. When this was complete, the drain tube was again attached and the lid removed.
How to Wring and Dry
The shirt is then dumped into the sink and hand wrung to remove most of the water. Then it was rolled in a towel and pressed to remove even more water. And the last step requires hanging the damp shirt and towel in the laundry room to air dry.
Buh-Bye Carbon Footprint
Once the water, detergent, and EcoWash are in the home, the carbon footprint for use compared to an electric washer drops to zero. And, the amount of water and detergent needed for washing is greatly decreased, too. This makes the EcoWash a great alternative to traditional machines.
The EcoWash is Portable
Another thing I like about the machine is the portability. I can use it anywhere in the house or take it with me on trips. Of course, I’m thinking about you, friendly campers. But when we traveled for my son’s tennis, the EcoWash would have been great to have in the hotel room to wash up his sweaty sports clothes throughout the week.
Link to EcoWash Website
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How to Assemble
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