I purchased a plunger-like device called the Mobile Washer to wash our clothing while on the road. I took it for a test run today, and I would say overall it worked well enough for what we need. It is simple to use. Just put your clothes, soap, and water in a bucket, plunge vigorously for awhile, wring out and transfer to just plain water, and plunge again to rinse.
A few things I learned along the way:
1. Bits of grass, dirt, other debris should be shaken thoroughly from laundry before washing. Otherwise, it will end up in the water which provides the opportunity for it to transfer to other clothing. (Jay cut the grass and the grass from his socks got onto everything else).
2. The handle will come loose if you turn the mobile washer towards the left while using. Turning toward the right was fine though. Some recommend getting some plumbers tape to keep it screwed more tightly – I might try that.
3. A longer handle would be easier on your back. I may purchase a mop handle to attach instead of the handle that came with it.
4. It didn’t do much good on its own for stains. Stains will definitely need to be pre-treated.
5. I don’t think it will work very well for larger items (e.g., sheets, blankets).
6. Wringing out a bunch of wet clothes is a pain in the butt.
7. One bonus – you get a bit of a workout while doing laundry!
Hoggle, being helpful as usual, this time by cuddling in the dirty laundry
Overall, it seemed to get the fresh smelling and clean enough. It will certainly help keep us from stinking to high heaven between trips to the laundromat. However, I don’t think it will be enough to replace trips to the laundromat altogether.