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Save Money On Laundry With These Portable Washer/Dryers

A small portable washer like the Wonderwash can be a handy investment if you’re a fulltimer.  Not only will they save you on quarters, but also from having to make trips to laundromats or campground facilities where you could be waiting on a machine.

The Wonderwash is powered via hand crank. Photo: Douglas Christie on Youtube

The Wonderwash is powered by a hand crank with no motor or electricity needed.  Though compact (at less than six pounds when empty), it can fit about half of what you could get in a normal washer load.  According to one reviewer,

I could put any one of the following in the machine as a full load:  4-5 pair of jeans, 7-8 regular-weight tops (not like sweaters), a week of socks, bras, and underwear, 10 pair of PJs.”

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These hand-crank machines are also more eco-friendly than handwashing and regular machines because they use less water.  To use them, just load your clothes, measure your water and detergent according to the instructions, tighten the lid, and crank the handle for a few minutes to rinse.  Simple as that!

To dry your clothes, you may also want to consider the brand’s Countertop Spin Dryer.

The Spin Dryer comes with a drain hose. Photo: thomfox on Youtube
The Spin Dryer comes with a drain hose and power cord. Photo: thomfox on Youtube

The spin dryer comes with a drain hose and can dry a load of clothes in about 2-3 minutes.  It holds about 2.2 lbs or 1-2 pairs of jeans per load.  For hang-dry items, check out this collapsible clip hanger for your RV’s bathroom.

You can get the Wonderwash from The Laundry Alternative for about $48.  Their portable Countertop Spin Dryer costs about $80 on Amazon.

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