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How People Are Using Their Scrubba Wash Bags In Lockdown

by Sam Brown |

For years we’ve been accustomed to travellers and campers telling us how essential the Scrubba wash bag has been for washing clothes while travelling to idyllic tourist destinations or remote parts of the globe. With the current Covid-19 lockdowns in place around the world, we have been hearing increasing stories of how vital the Scrubba wash bag has been at home. 

We’ve reached out to a few stationary travellers who have repurposed their Scrubba wash bag from their travel kit and are using it to wash their clothes at home to avoid public Laundromats.

 

Dwayne – NYC

Using A Scrubba Tactical Wash Bag

 

So, you're in NYC, how is the mood? Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?

NYC has really impressed me. This city cheers the rescue workers every night at 7pm, and it gives me goosebumps every time. 

 

We wanted to reach out because we understand you are using a Scrubba Tactical wash bag to wash your clothes at home. (We're guessing it's because you can't go outside...)

I'm in the West Village with my two cats. So far, they don't seem to mind.

 

Are you in an apartment building that doesn't allow your own washing machine? 

After coming into contact with someone who tested positive, I had to self-quarantine. So, out came the Scrubba. 

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

Almost no one in the West Village has their own washing machine. Apparently, it's because the pipes are too old and skinny. Most homes are over 150 years old.

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

I usually use a wash and fold laundromat near me, but they've closed. I could get a laundry to pick my stuff up but decided to put the Scrubba to the test.

 

Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.

I have washed nothing but clothes and cleaning cloths.

 

How long have you had it / been using it?

I've been using it for about 10 months now.

 

Did you buy your Scrubba for the home or camping originally?

I bought it for camping, but also travel. I carry some LG detergent sheets and wear Uniqlo Airism clothes when traveling. The Scrubba does an excellent job cleaning them. So, thank you for making such an excellent product. I was a big fan before, and an even bigger one now. Stay safe :)

 

 

Jerie - @marker323 Minnesota

Using A Scrubba Wash Bag Mini

 

 

So where are you? How is the mood?
I'm in Minnesota, and we're hanging in there. We're a hearty people used to harsh weather and isolating, but as we all know, this is not our norm. The overall mood changes each day. I'm optimistic and support the efforts of our local leadership and the direction they are taking us. Our stay at home order is clear. We know the virus is around us, and the best way to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system and protect vulnerable peoples is to follow their guidelines.

 

Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?
As an essential worker, working in a grocery environment, I never feel alone. It's the opposite. I feel overwhelmed by the number of people I'm in contact with every day. As an urban tiny houser/vanlifer under stay in place orders, I'm grateful to have my parents hosting me.

I'm around many people during my shift. I operate as if I have the virus on me at the end of every workday. As soon as my shift is over, I take my mask off, by the strings, and place it in a plastic bag. Once I'm in my van, I remove all of my clothes and put those in a plastic bag. I thoroughly scrub my hands then face. I wash anything that wasn't protected by clothing. Then I change into a clean outfit. Wipe down my countertop and sink. Then and only then do I feel like I can drive anywhere.

Once I'm parked for the night, it's time to Scrubba! I have several different biodegradable soaps I like. I set up my Scrubba in my sink, add some tap water and soap and carefully put my mask inside. While my mask is pre-soaking, I put on a kettle of water to heat. I add extra hot water, roll and clip, deflate, and scrub. And scrub. And SCRUB. I do this process at least two times.
 

Then I rinse with clean water and add a single drop of Pranarom's Good Samaritan essential oil. It's something that makes me feel good, and I prefer the scent as I need to wear my mask for eight or more hours each day.


Are you in an apartment / building that doesn't allow your own washing machine?
I live in a 2017 Promaster hightop that I converted into a tiny house on wheels. Some people call it vanlife; others call it a mobile dwelling. I call it home.  

 


Did you get your Scrubba before or after Covid19?
I got my Scrubba before Covid19. I'd wanted one for years before I bought one.  


Why did you get your Scrubba? What was the main reason?
Scrubba is lightweight and highly functional. I bought the mini and use it in-between washing day, which is usually Sundays for me. It's quick and easy to wash lightweight items like socks, undies, washcloths, and dishrags. You know the small stuff. Now, I use it every day. Its become part of my evening ritual.


Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?
Laundromats are essential services in Minnesota, I can go to one, but it's very awkward right now. It's uncomfortable because no matter how sparkling clean they look, you don't know what your risk is. Yesterday was laundry day for me. I went to a local laundromat, and I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time. It wasn't jam-packed, there were maybe three people at any given time, but it felt so crowded. I  even noticed myself dodging people. I would hold my breath as I was packing my clothes into the washer then into the and dryer. I would weave between people as I left the building.  I couldn't handle being in the building, so I would run in and out between putting my clothes in the washer to the dryer until finally, my clothes were dry. I was overall stressed out! I usually like going to the laundromat, but not anymore.  


Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.
I use it to wash small items as I have the mini. I'm definitely going to need to upgrade.


How long have you been using it?
Less than a year, but it's been on my radar for years.
 


There are plenty of portable washing machine type things you could buy – what made the Scrubba stand out as the one to choose?
As a tiny houser, space is valuable. I love it because I can bring it anywhere.  


Other than washing clothes, how else has the pandemic impacted your life?
How the pandemic has impacted me is an overwhelming question. I'm so grateful to be working, grateful beyond measure, but I'm also so fearful of those who don't wear masks or practice social distancing. I wear my mask to protect others, to protect you from me. I have to trust others to do the same. I think the most significant impact is that our traditional "me" society is being asked to become a "we" society as we need to protect each other. We need to protect the vulnerable. We need to do these things so we can survive.  

 

Mel Calantropio @they.usa - NYC

Using A Scrubba Tactical Wash Bag 

So where are you? How is the mood?

I actually moved to NYC this past month from Philadelphia, so the mood has been a mixture of feeling isolated and pretty out of it but also feeling settled and cozy at home and excited to explore my new neighbourhood when it’s safe to do so.

 Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?

I am isolating with my partner and our two cats!

 

Are you in an apartment / building that doesn't allow your own washing machine?

We live in an apartment building without a washer/dryer in unit. Since we are new to the area and new to coin-laundry, we’ve been apprehensive about venturing out and finding our go-to laundry service just yet!

 

Did you get your Scrubba before or after Covid19?

After!

 

Why did you get your Scrubba? What was the main reason?

I had been researching minimalist lifestyle and came across Scrubba and advice on hand washing and thought I’d try it out!

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

I am not. While I am able to go to a coin-laundry nearby, I’m choosing to do laundry at home until I feel more comfortable doing so.

 

Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.

Since I am new to hand-washing, I’ve started with small loads like delicates and stay-at-home essentials.

 

How long have you been using it?

About a week now and I love it!

 

There are plenty of portable washing machine type things you could buy – what made the Scrubba stand out as the one to choose?

Portable washing machines are not an option in my building, and I am operating on limited space. I had seen so many positive reviews about Scrubba on YouTube and decided to give it a try!

 

 

Other than washing clothes, how else has the pandemic impacted you life?

I have been working from home part time for over a month now. I am an artist and have not been able to operate my business as normal. As someone who really thrives on connecting with others, this has been very difficult for me. I’m taking self-isolating seriously and hunkering down, so I’ve taken on a few new hobbies and DIY projects during this time.

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