Scrubba wash bag MINI: An unbelievably small washing machine
The world's smallest washing machine for travel and camping just got 50% smaller and lighter - The eco-friendly Scrubba wash bag MINI.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, June 11 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.
In 2012, we launched the original Scrubba wash bag (the world's smallest washing machine) which has provided a convenient way for over 140,000 travellers and campers to pack less and clean their clothes anywhere in just minutes.
Over the years we have had requests from our supporters to create a bigger bag to allow more items to be washed but also a smaller, lighter bag. A couple of years ago we launched the Scrubba stealth pack, which was 50% larger than the original Scrubba wash bag (and doubled as a weatherproof backpack).
We are now tackling the other request to make the Scrubba wash bag lighter and smaller.
Weighing just 70g (3 oz.) the Scrubba wash bag MINI is more than 50% lighter than the original Scrubba wash bag and more compact:
Despite its incredibly small size, the Scrubba wash bag MINI is still able to wash multiple socks and jocks (Australian slang for underwear) or a T-shirt in one load:
Who the Scrubba wash bag MINI is for:
The Scrubba wash bag MINI is perfect for ultra-light hikers, campers, holidaymakers and business travellers. Those times where we want to pack as light as possible but still have clean underwear and socks for a fresh day on the trail or as we visit our next tourist destination.
The Scrubba wash bag MINI still features our patented washboard-in-a-bag design, which allows a machine quality wash anywhere in just minutes.
How the Scrubba wash bag MINI works:
To clean socks and jocks anywhere, you simply add water and cleaning liquid, close the bag, remove air through the twist valve and rub the clothes against the washboard for as little as 30 seconds (3 minutes provides a machine quality wash). Then just rinse in the bag and hang to dry.
And here is how the 6 easy steps look in real life:
Not convinced that such a simple washboard-in-a-bag design can really work? Here is what Gear Editor said when they tested the original Scrubba wash bag:
Designed for those who travel light and free:
Ultra-light hiking and camping:
For ultra-light hikers and campers, there is nothing better than putting on a fresh pair of socks and underwear at the start of the day and the Scrubba wash bag MINI allow you to do this while only packing a couple of pairs.
By using the Scrubba wash bag MINI each night, you can have fresh socks and underwear to welcome each day's adventures.
Multi-functional and lightweight:
As any through-hiker would tell you, every gram (or ounce) counts. However, the Scrubba wash bag MINI's job doesn't finish at washing your clothes. Between washes, the Scrubba wash bag MINI multi-functions as a compression dry bag to keep gear dry, a wet bag or laundry bag until the next load, extra storage space that can be clipped onto your backpack, an iPhone protector (operable through the window) or a free-standing camp bucket for washing dishes, washing your face or shaving - all without polluting water-ways.
Good for the environment:
The Scrubba wash bag is an eco-friendly product. It is designed to last for years and many hundreds of washes. It is electricity-free, uses minimal water and allows grey water to be disposed of away from water-ways.
Ultra-light holidaymakers and travellers
For holidaymakers and business travellers, there are times where you just need to wash a few items of clothing and it isn't enough to justify searching for a Laundromat or paying exorbitant hotel laundry fees. Plus, do we really want to hand over our dirty socks and underwear to hotel staff? The design of the Scrubba wash bag's washboard has been shown to be twice as effective as handwashing in a basin and also avoids clogging up what may be the only basin in the hotel room - and also the same basin we wash our dirty hands and spit out toothpaste.
The Scrubba wash bag MINI lets holidaymakers and business travellers hygienically wash their socks and underwear in just minutes saving money and time. By washing socks and underwear and hanging them in your hotel room at the end of each day, you have clean and dry socks for the next day.
New parents on the go
For those of us with babies or toddlers, we know how dirty their clothes can get particularly with food, dirt, liquids or leaky nappies. When travelling, the Scrubba wash bag MINI can be used to quickly clean their clothes anywhere to ensure they are ready to wear again the next day. This can help reduce the numerous changes of clothes you need to pack. When just out for stroll, the Scrubba wash bag MINI makes a handy wet bag for keeping soiled clothes separate until you are back home and ready to wash them.
Prototypes and manufacturing
We have completed several rounds of prototyping and have now received our final pre-production samples (shown in the video and images). All we need to do is green light production if there is sufficient interest in our project.
As the Scrubba wash bag MINI utilises the same materials, technology and design as the original Scrubba wash bag, we are confident that we are creating another high quality, durable product that will be useful for travel and camping. Here is what some of our 140,000 customers of the original Scrubba wash bag have said:
By backing our campaign you can select from 2 types of perks. You can either pick up the new Scrubba wash bag MINI or you can couple the Scrubba wash bag MINI with one of the original Scrubba wash bags (with a washing capacity of 2 days of summer wear) for the ultimate in travel laundry flexibility. Either way, you get great savings on the expected retail pricing.
The original Scrubba wash bag offered as part of the MINI AND ORIGINAL PACK weighs around 142g (5 oz.) and measures 54cm x 32cm (when laid flat) - 21.3" x 12.6" and 16cm x 6cm x 6cm (when rolled for storage) - 6.3" x 2.4" x 2.4". The original Scrubba wash bag can easily wash 2 T-shirts, 2 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of socks in one load.
In comparison, the Scrubba wash bag MINI weighs around 70g (2.5 oz) and measures 36cm x 23cm (when laid flat) - 14.2" x 9.0" and around 11cm x 5cm x 4cm (when rolled for storage) - 4.3" x 2.0 x 1.6". The Scrubba wash bag MINI can easily wash 2 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of socks in one load or one T-shirt and a pair of socks or underwear.
Please note that to enable free shipping for Australian orders and to minimise waste, Australian orders of the Scrubba wash bag MINI will be shipped without retail packaging and in branded envelopes. If you are located in Australia and require retail packaging (e.g. for gifting), please pledge an extra $7.
Shipping of the Scrubba wash bag mini perk within Australia is included free unless you require your products in retail packaging, in which case you will need to add an extra AUD7.00 onto your pledge. Shipping of the Scrubba MINI and Original pack within Australia is AUD7.00 and this includes both products in retail packaging.
Australian GST is included in our prices for orders shipped to Australian addresses.
Global shipping is AUD8.00 (~USD6) for the Scrubba wash bag mini perk and AUD12.00 (~USD9) for the Scrubba MINI and Original pack. If you pledge for multiple units, you only need to add on the shipping fee once.
To keep your shipping costs low, we will be using tracked international economy shipping services. These services have estimated shipping times to most countries of 2-3 weeks. Some shipments may take longer depending on customs. Shipping to remote locations may also take longer.
Please note that our prices DO NOT include VAT, GST or other country-specific taxes. Depending on where you are located, you may need to pay import duties or taxes. This tool may assist you in estimating duties and taxes that may be payable for your order:
Pledging for extra units
If you would like to pledge for multiple units, you simply need to add the amount for the additional item(s) onto your pledge and add the shipping charge onto the total. Please use the reference tables and examples below to determine the amount to pledge.
- To purchase 3 Scrubba wash bag MINIs as part of the AUD40 Kickstarter deal including shipping to the US, you will need to amend the pledge amount to AUD120 + the AUD8.00 shipping charge (i.e. you will pledge AUD128 or the equivalent in USD).
- To purchase 2 of the Scrubba wash bag mini perks (which would include 2 Scrubba wash bag MINIs and 2 original Scrubba wash bags) as part of the AUD92 Kickstarter deal including shipping to the US, you will need to amend the pledge amount to AUD184 + the AUD12.00 shipping charge (i.e. you will pledge AUD196 or the equivalent in USD).
We back all our products with a 12 month warranty against manufacturing defects and the Scrubba wash bag MINI is no exception. If a manufacturing defect isn't repairable, we will replace the defective unit. Our defect rate for other Scrubba products is less than 1% so we are confident that the vast majority of our backers won't have any issues with their Scrubba wash bag MINI.
Risks and challenges
This is our seventh crowdfunding campaign (the previous 6 were successful on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter) and despite hurdles along the way, we completed and fulfilled both within a few months of the campaigns ending. We have also learned from these experiences, which gives us the confidence that we will be able to ship most (if not all) orders within a month of the campaign closing.
On the manufacturing side of the equation, we are sitting pretty. Tooling is complete and, as the Scrubba wash bag MINI uses the same fabric as the original Scrubba wash bag, we have everything we need already. We just need to know that there is enough interest in the product to start production.
We believe in honesty and great customer service, so in the unlikely event that a delay does pop up, we will let you know and also provide our strategy for getting back on track.
The following are links to our previous crowdfunding campaigns for other products which we delivered on as promised:
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