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WonderWash..

27 Dec

Its like a 1950's homemakers dream come true! Wow..technology!

No, this WonderWasher is not flying an invisible plane or wearing bullet reflecting armlets…it is a washing machine..of tiny proportions. A* and I wanted a temporary/small scale solution to laundry woes and emergency washes. We do not have a washer and dryer and over the holidays we were very busy..so when we finally got a chance to go to do laundry on the 27th we did 9 loads. Personally I like the laundromat..it is efficient..you put 9 loads in..wait 25 minutes..put those 9 loads in the dryer and wait 35 minutes and voila..you are finished..folding aside it beats 20 trips up and down stairs to do all of this in my opinion but it is not really cost effective…those 9 loads cost around $30 when it was all said and done. So, last summer I bought the WonderWasher with the intent to do things like underwear and small items as we need them and air dry the articles once washed…as the product page states:

“When you put warm or hot water into the drum, fit the lid in place and seal the machine,the air inside the drum will absorb the heat of the water and expand (i.e., just like a hot air balloon). When the air expands it creates pressure inside the drum. The pressure forces the detergent (which is diluted into the water) into & through the fabric (which is porous) about 100 times faster than you could by hand or machine.”

So, this week we are doing small things by hand to try to see what its like…one thing is that once the wash is done you need a way to get the excess water out of the clothes..we are doing it by hand now which is a pain. It is good in that it does not use much water and a load takes about 10 minutes to do..7 of those minutes are waiting for water to drain..and then around 5 minutes of wringing dry.

drainage spout for water..


CLEAN!

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3 Comments

Posted by on December 27, 2010 in power, Purchases

 

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3 responses to “WonderWash..

  1. Robin

    January 4, 2011 at 2:38 am

    How very cool!

     
  2. Lee

    January 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I looked into this exact device when we first moved into this house. Our water is so rusty that I didn’t want to subject our washing machine (which was in storage at the time) to the orange water. I also looked at an old-fashioned ringer washer, with auto-agitator. I was pretty excited about that idea. (They last forever.) Robin was very unexcited. Ultimately, we pulled our washing machine out of storage. Two years later, it still works okay .. and we still don’t have a dryer. (Drying racks only around here.)

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      January 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      ..yeah..off grid has some challenges as far as washer and dryer are concerned..for the last couple of years my mothers Christmas gifts and B-day gifts have been old tools and useful farm items from my grandfathers barn..2 winters ago it was an old glass washboard. Never use it but it looks neat and if I ever HAD to use it I could I guess..old technology is still useful and I expect in 2050 she will be giving me an iPod Nano! ;) Also we have space issues so its not always easy to find room for items. I fear if we did have a washer and dryer we would need to put a matress on top of them to use as our bed to fit it all in.

       

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