Scrubba Wash Bag Review | How To Use And Wash Your Clothes While Traveling

Scrubba Wash Bag Review | How To Use And Wash Your Clothes While Traveling


Hey, it’s Rebecca from Pack Hacker here. And in this video, we’re
going to be taking a look at this Scrubba Wash Bag – an innovative piece of travel gear that’s designed to give you
clean clothes anywhere. And who doesn’t want that? Here at Pack Hacker we do reviews on packs and travel gear just
like this all the time. So, if you’re new here,
consider subscribing. We’ve been testing this Scrubba Wash Bag for just over a month
now, and it’s come with us on various trips over the UK. So let’s jump into the review. [upbeat music playing] From first glance, you could
be fooled into thinking that this is an ordinary dry bag. Which does make sense because it can actually be used as one if need be. But taking a closer look
you’ll find instructions on how to wash your cloths on the outside. Which is super helpful and
should clear up exactly what this thing is designed for. Additionally there is a large
Scrubba logo on the front and a smaller logo on the roll-top tape. When it comes to color
choices, we went for the green. Now this is a bold choice, but
it does stand out very well in your pack and to be
honest, we really dig it. Alternatively, there
is a black version too, for people who prefer to be
a bit more inconspicuous. And Scrubba also makes a Tactical Wash Bag that was designed in
consultation with a former Australian SAS Team Leader – which according to them
is perfect for military, outdoor adventurers, disaster relief, zombie preppers and super heroes! While we can’t imagine
Captain America or The Hulk using the Scrubba Wash Bag, we will certainly be keeping an eye out in the upcoming Avengers films. But this is ideal for the
military with it’s extra large valve and the brown color. Now getting into the materials – the Scrubba Wash Bag
is made from 40D Nylon with a TPU Coating. Now you’ve probably come
across nylon before. It’s a commonly used
fabric which is regarded for it’s durability whilst
remaining thin and flexible. And the 40D part refers to it’s denier, which is a unit of textile measurement. In our testing we found 40D
to provide a great balance of strength and lightness,
so all good here. Finally, the TPU coating on
this thing makes it waterproof. Which is pretty important. Increases strength and helps
with abrasion resistance too. We have found that these
materials do give the Scrubba Wash Bag a slightly
crinkly and plasticky feel. But it’s clear to see that
Scrubba thought long and hard about these materials and everything has come together really well. The Scrubba Wash Bag is
purpose built for travel, where as we all know space
and weight are at a premium. Fortunately, this thing weighs
in at a mere five ounces and can be rolled up or
folded easily to save space. And adding to it’s benefits for travel, The Scrubba Wash Bag can
also double up as dry bag. And versatile products that have multiple uses are always great. Now washing your clothes in this
thing is a straight-forward process, but it is not
foolproof as we found out when we left the valve open
during the scrubbing process. You know when you spill
a small glass of water and then all of a sudden it’s like 10 liters of water are everywhere? It wasn’t pretty! Luckily for you, that’s why we do the testing so that you don’t make the same mistakes. So without further ado, let’s dive into the six steps that are conveniently placed on the
bag, should you ever forget. Step One – fill with
clothes, water and soap. How well, quick and efficient
the Scrubba Wash Bag washes your clothes will depend
on how many items you put in. We found that two t-shirts,
two pairs of underwear and two pairs of socks to
be the perfect combination. Anything more and you increase
the chance of overfilling this thing, which does mean that your clothes may not be as clean as
what you’d like them to be. And the Scrubba Wash Bag
can also be used for those thicker and heavier items but it may take a few
washes to get them clean. Now the water. When you are putting the water in, it needs to be warm and not too hot. Now the rule of thumb to follow is – if it’s too hot for your hands,
it’s too hot for Scrubba. If you’re out in the wilderness or perhaps staying in a dodgy hostel and don’t have any access to warm water, then you can use cold water, but we do recommend that you do an extra minute of scrubbing. The amount of water
necessary depends on how many clothes you have inside. Thankfully there’s a
useful guide on the front of the Wash Bag that can be used in conjunction with this see-through panel. Now it’s time to put your soap in – a specific clothes-washing
liquid will work best here. Solid detergents can also be used, but it may take a little bit longer to make your water nice and soapy. And if you’re in a pinch –
body wash, shampoo, hand wash – they can also be used, but it
won’t give as deep of cleanse. Step Two – roll down and clip. Now this is an important step that you want to make sure that
you’re doing properly. Otherwise, you’ll have water everywhere. Make sure you roll the
top down nice and tight and clip the buckle in. We recommend giving the
buckle a quick pull too, just to double check. Step Three – deflate using the valve. The valve on the front works by twisting, and it’s easy to tell when
it’s opened or closed. Left to open and right to close. For this step you’ll
want to open it slightly and push down on the
bag to release some air. Make sure to close the
valve after doing this because water WILL come out when you start scrubbing if you don’t. Step Four – rub for one to three minutes. Push down on the top of your bag and simply rub your clothes up and down. The see-through panel
helps with seeing exactly what’s going on. For a few socks or t-shirts
a one-minute scrub is plenty. But we recommend for those
larger items – such as pants or sweaters – to scrub for
two to three minutes. Step Five – rinse with clean water. Empty your dirty water out and then fill up with a small
amout of clean water. After a little shake, you can
then empty that water too. Step Six – dry your
clothes and your Scrubba. Simply pull your clothes out of the bag and hang them up to dry. To speed up this process, you
can press them inside a towel quickly to soak up additional water. And finally, turn the
Scrubba Wash Bag inside out and hang it up using the
clip buckle at the top. There we have it, nice and simple. Now, other than being able
to wash your clothes anywhere, we found that the Scrubba Wash Bag also has additional benefits
to other washing methods too. Using this thing is gentle
on your hands when compared to hand washing in a sink or in a bucket. This is because your hands
stay dry the entire time and they won’t get sore either because the internal wash board does
all of the hard work for you. The Scrubba Wash Bag even has benefits over a washing machine. It uses far less water and no energy – well apart from a little of your own! It’s also a lot faster
when doing smaller loads which is a huge bonus. At the time of this
review we’ve been testing the Scrubba Wash Bag for
just over a month now, and it’s seen plenty of use on our travels all around the UK. Initially we did hold some
doubts over its durability, but this thing has proven us wrong. The craftsmanship is
impressive and the materials have proven themselves. In testing, we did find that
it takes a little bit of time to master the washing process –
but it is straight forward and eventually everyone
will get the hang of it. While we thoroughly enjoyed
putting this thing to the test, we did find that after washing it leaves your clothes soaking wet. This is understandable – especially compared to a washing
machine with a spin cycle. But it did mean that we had
to wring out our clothes before we were able to
hang them up to dry. So hopefully Scrubba’s next product will be a portable laundry dryer. Now how beneficial this is to you depends heavily on your travel style. If you’re staying in
luxury hotels or Airbnb’s with a washing machine, then you may not need the Scrubba and you can opt to save
space in your pack. However if you’re staying in hostels or adventuring in remote locations, the Scrubba Wash Bag
can be a game changer. Moving onto the Pros and Cons. This thing can clean your clothes anywhere, as long as you have access to water. It uses minimal water and
is kind on your hands too. And it’s light-weight and compressible, so it won’t take up much
room inside your pack. Now on to the Cons. You can only wash small loads at a time. You have to wash bulkier items – like sweaters – twice for a good clean. And it will leave your clothes
pretty wet after washing. So you will need to wring them out or dry them with a towel. While this is a pain that
the Scrubba can only wash a certain amount of clothes at one time, and it’s not perfect for bulkier items, we’ve been impressed
with it’s packability, durability and benefits over
alternative washing methods. If you struggle to find
a launderette on the road or tired of washing
your clothes in the sink, the Scrubba Wash Bag is a simple and impressively practical solution. Thanks for taking a look at our review of the Scrubba Wash Bag. We’d love you to leave us a comment below and let us know what
you think of this thing. And as ever, head over to
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84 thoughts on “Scrubba Wash Bag Review | How To Use And Wash Your Clothes While Traveling

  1. Sounds nice but I like to hit the laundry mats, there is always cute girls ( OR guys) to talk up and get much needed scuttlebutt.

  2. I plan to do more motorcycle travel, which will mean more camping in remote areas over longer durations. Since I usually only carry 3 changes, doing laundry frequently will just be a fact of (off) road life. I don't really appreciate the cost of these, but they do look like a great solution.

  3. Very nice , thx for the video. I rec'd this as a gift a while back but haven't found a chance to use it. Looks great though. Curious if you all have used Dr Bronner's soap with this, or at all? If so, what are your thoughts?

  4. Or you could just buy a Sea to Summit dry view sack for like half the price. It doesn't have the little scrubbers inside but it's way smaller when packed, less fiddly, has more color options and has different size options.

  5. Noooo. Don't overpay for this thing. You can get a bigger capacity (if you want) and better quality dry bag for a lot less. That valve has the potential to break, which has happened with previous versions, and nobody has time to be dealing with that on their travels. The nubs don't make that much of a difference and if whatever your washing is really soiled, you'll want to let it soak before washing. Also, if you're going to be rearranging the items so all areas make contact with the nubs and wringing out your clothes anyway, there shouldn't be a problem with agitating them by hand beforehand. Here's how I wash:

    1. Fill dry bag with warm water and put soap in
    2. Put clothes in and agitate by hand for a minute or two
    3. Close bag and slosh around for a couple of seconds
    4. Drain water and rinse

    Clean. No valves necessary. No window needed.

    Get a proper dry bag from a company like Sea to Summit (who have a better warranty) and save yourself some money. They'll have different colors and capacities to choose from to better suit your needs. Lastly, if you're washing your clothes away from a bathroom space, please use sustainable detergent!! There are so many videos out there of people demonstrating the Scrubba and other bags and they are contaminating waterways and other areas. Don't be that person.

  6. I have a rubber sink stopper down in the bottom of my bag. Soap them all in the sink and toss them in the shower, I scrub what needs to be scrubbed and rinsing in the shower is quick, easy and takes less time than a sink. So many gaggits out there, I would need another 18L bag for all the gaggits.

  7. I have the older model with a floatie-style valve. I'm also not sure mine shows water levels for amounts of clothes.

    I'd definitely say you have to be conservative with how much you load in it. I have, sometimes, washed soiled clothes and after drying them, realized they still weren't clean. Re-washing those items in smaller batches with more soaking helped. I also found it productive, if you have enough body strength, to actually shake the Scrubba instead of massage it. It seems to work faster and more effectively.

    Overall I'm mostly happy with the Scrubba, but not as happy as I'd be just using wash-and-fold dropoff laundry, which most of the world has. But insofar as I've chosen to use it, and I've used it with limited loads, it's worked well. YMMV.

  8. Hmm very interesting. Last few trips I have found my self in need of clean laundry. (Trying to get the family to pack light, I usually need access to laundry.) This looks cool & I don't think the price is bad. After reading all the comments I am wondering how a dry bag with a rubber washer ball would compare? I may test it out. For around $23. If it's a fail. I still have a dry bag to use and the washer balls can be used at home. Cool review.

  9. Buying similar ones on much cheaper price from aliexpress. They called these as Dry bags. They can also be used as vacuum bags for packing. Whatever of the brands, most of them made in China. No need to pay extra for a brand.

  10. It does use energy. The water has to be collected, treated and delivered. Then the water is warmed. Not a lot of energy but it’s needed

  11. Is there a particular type of laundry detergent you would recommend using with this? Something that rinses out easily?

  12. I wash my clothes in the sink anyway. I don't use a washing machine. I find it is Ok & enjoy hanging my clothes out on the line. Most items don't need much of a wash anyway. Its oily spots that require the most work.

  13. As someone who uses a washer machine every week or so and can put a whole laundry basket of clothes in the washer, I'm not really understanding how this saves water when you can only at max wash a few clothing items at a time in still a relatively substantial amount of water, perhaps it saves energy? But I really just don't see the water use being better unless people are using a whole washer machine to just wash 2-3 items of clothing.

  14. With regard to getting clothes dry after using the sack I beleive the portable clothes dryer has already been invented in the form of portable washing lines. A stretchy cord with hooks either end. While camping I always take string (also handy for extra guy ropes, during high winds) & pegs. Its usually possible to fix up a line. If not I use the pegs to hang small items on the guy ropes.
    You can get portable lines that do not require pegs as they are double & you can pull corners of the cloth between the twisted lines. But pegs are jolly useful for a lot of things. I often have one or two in my handbag. Useful for closing that bag of nuts, pegging a note to something, holding the tongue of your shoe in place while you slip your foot in, pegging babies toy to something so it dosen't get lost. Pegging papers you need for some transaction together, holding receipts, stamps etc. Stopping your sunhat from blowing away, pegging a garment at the throat to keep a cold wind out, gatering a too large hood so it dosen't fall over your eyes etc etc.

  15. Alright. I bought a dry bag to test this. I washed 5 pairs of socks. I scrubbed for way more than 3 minutes. I used fabric softener too so they would come out nice and soft. After drying, the socks were "crunchy" under the toes and heel which means that this wasn't enough to completely wash off the sweat. I also did something like 5 rinses. It still wasn't enough to get rid of all the hair and lint from the water. I had to rinse off the socks individually in the end. I highly doubt that having the little knobs in there would have made a difference. I might as well have used the dry bag as a basin and washed the socks by hand. They probably would have come out cleaner.

  16. Can you not just fill up sink with water and dissolve some soap, give it a good scrub, rinse and dry? A soap bar takes up a lot less space than this bag and is a lot cheaper. Anyway, I’m not convinced. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  17. Love this idea! Some ppl may be ok with mixing and matching clothes to save space, but it grosses me out thinking about wearing something twice, especially if I’ve worn and sweated on it for a whole day. Air drying doesn’t cut it. Thank you for this solution! Adding it on my wish list.

  18. I like everything about it, but at 50$ it doesn't make sense. Laundromat is 1-2 dollars in most cities and you can fit a lot of clothes in there. It's a great idea, perfectly executed, but this can not cost over 35$, although ideally it would be priced somewhere in between 20-30.

  19. I have owned a Scrubba for several years and have taken it on many trips. I like it because sinks in hotels or hostels are sometimes either too small, have no plug, or are not really clean so they would not work well for hand washing clothes. I prefer to do my own laundry for many reasons, including reducing costs, not losing items when you send them out for a wash, and not knowing what sort of chemicals/soaps/or dirty water your clothing is exposed to at a laundry service (trust me, I've seen how stuff gets washed in a bunch of places…pretty dodgy). 
    I'd recommend using Scrubba in the tub or shower in case you spring a leak (mine hasn't, but it's possible to forget to close the valve or not fold the top tightly enough). Pro tip: you can use your foot to agitate the Scrubba while you're in the shower! Then you can rinse and dry yourself and your clothes at the same time. 🙂
    Yes it's a pricey gadget, so perhaps not worth it for everybody, but I travel a lot and always bring my Scrubba so it's paid me back in savings on laundry services. For a cheaper option, you could do the same with a mid-weight dry bag without the scrubbing nubs.

  20. Oh wow I've never seen something like this. As someone who lives on the road for long stretches, I've wished for a cheaper/more convenient way to do my laundry than laundromats. Washing my clothes in a bucket did /not/ work out well. I might just have to give this laundry bag a shot!

  21. if you leave your clothes in there, roll it up, open the water release valve… you can ring out the water.

  22. They look good but for better value for money I'd recommend a good quality dry bag like the Sealline 'Black Canyon' range which are designed for kayak trips and are very heavy duty. They come in a range of sizes including 20, 30, 40, 50 litre etc. Might be good to have the nubs and valve with the Scrubba but could you do without them? Of course..

  23. Why doesnt ppl just use any waterproof BAG ? Maybe put some smooth clean rocks inside , you have some grip too

  24. Hmmm. Our Boy Scout Troop has been using this method for high adventure camping for decades, with one single 2 gallon zip lock bag and some environmentally friendly camps suds. And we use the big bright thing in the sky for a dryer. Tried and true. Bag breaks. Get another one.

  25. If you use SOAK wash you dont even need to rinse your clothes. It even cleans better than Woolite. I like to add some Tea Tree and Cedar Essential Oil to it
    https://www.amazon.com/Soak-S06-12S-3oz-Scentless/dp/B00GZ8H3PQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=soak+wash+travel&qid=1559019204&s=gateway&sr=8-6

  26. I’d be interested in this after knowing how long it really lasts. It’s plastic that is the negative in this given that I try to avoid purchasing plastic products.

  27. This thing seems good for the military especially on field Xs. However dumping the waste water in the environment would land you charge or court martial easily, Canada doesn't mess around with damaging the environment, even the military.

  28. Looks like a handy system for washing on motorbike trips ,just leave the clothes in all day strapped to the top of a pennies and dry them in the evening

  29. Thank you for your wonderful demo of the Scrubber Bag. Space and weight is an issue while traveling with a carry-on for weeks at a time. This is going to save me money and keep me presentable as I travel throughout Europe and Africa.

  30. Whilst travelling in Australia for
    6 months, I only stayed in hostels.
    They all had washing machines,
    dryers, irons and washing lines.
    Even at Uluru. Why carry a scrubba bag with you – just
    an extra thing to lug around
    If you cannot afford to put
    a few coins into a washing
    machine, then better stay at home.

  31. thank you for this! this actually gives me idea on how to do my laundry. because i am just so so so lazy to do laundry, i think this will work the best for me. i can do the rubbing in front of my computer while watching something interesting like movie or etc to make it more fun and less boring!

  32. Why not use the bathroom sink?

    Incidentally, unless I missed it, there's no reference to cleaning the bag. Surely a rinse does not clean it, or maybe it does. I've always wondered if after using a bucket to wash clothes and then rinsing them, whether one has to wash the bucket afterwards (apart from rinsing the bucket).

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