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Scrubba Review: Brilliant Hack for Washing Clothes While Traveling

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Traveling with kids is messy. Sand from the beach, dirt from camping, spilled ice cream from the amusement park…you name it…it needs to be washed. Laundry is an inevitable part of any vacation. Luckily, I recently discovered the Scrubba Wash Bag, a totally rad invention that allows you to wash your clothes anywhere – even in the woods!

Scrubba wash bag

Scrubba review: A brilliant hack for washing clothes while traveling (Photo credit: Scrubba)

Lightweight Travel “Washing Machine”

The Scrubba Wash Bag is the lightest ‘washing machine’ in the world. At only 5-ounces, it’s marketed to travelers of all types: backpackers, business travelers, campers and holiday goers. It provides a machine-quality wash and has a flexible internal washboard and external grip circles.

Scrubba packaging

The compact Scrubba clothes washer is great for camping and travel of any sort (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Scrubba Beats the Sink

When you’re a frequent traveler or camper, you know you can’t pack too much. Hotel room or cabin sinks are fine for a quick under garment wash, but when you’ve got something larger you really need cleaned, sinks don’t cut it.

children's dirty jeans

Dirty camping jeans are no match for Scrubba (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Putting Scrubba to the Test

After one particularly grubby day at camp, I decided we’d go full onLittle House on the Prairie and try washing my daughter’s clothes the old fashioned way. Well, with a little help from Scrubba! Would it work? I was skeptical, but determined to find out.

I whipped my kiddo’s dirty jeggings into the bag with a pair of mangy socks for good measure. Next, I filled the Scrubba with water and cleaning liquid. I chose liquid dish soap because I figured dish soap or hand soap are easily procured while on the road.

Scrubba bag

Scrubba Wash Bag instructions (Photo credit: Scrubba)

Fortunately, Scrubba has instructions printed on the side of the bag. After letting the air out of the bag and clipping the ends securely together, we got to scrubbing. It was super easy and actually kind of fun. My daughter loved doing it and the textured side of the bag was like a modern take on the old fashioned washboard.

washing clothes outdoors

Washing clothes outdoors with Scrubba (Photo credit: Scrubba)

Scrubba Results

After a few minutes we dumped the water into our bathtub and was it ever filthy! I tried rinsing the clothing in the bag, and, while you can do that, it’s just easier to rinse using a bathtub or sink, if one is available. The jeggings came out spic and span. The socks, although wearable, could’ve used a bit more TLC.

Would I take Scrubba with me on our next trip? Absolutely. It’s lightweight, lays flat and doubles as a dry bag. I seriously wish I had this on me a few years ago (okay, more like over a decade ago!) on my round-the-world trip.

Have we convinced you? Buy a Scrubba Wash Bag now!

How do you handle laundry on the road? Do you think you could do it yourself with a Scrubba Wash Bag? Let us know in the comments below!

About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage ( When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

  1. Lyla G - Globetrotting Mommy says

    What a great idea! This would be nice to have on hand for those unexpected road trip accidents.

  2. Laurie Payne (Ms) says

    The price isnt mentioned.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Laurie – We typically don’t include pricing information because prices can change over time and we want the information here to remain evergreen.

  3. Ellen Lanin says

    i’m asking myself why I didn’t think of this. What a great idea.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Right?! Especially for camping. Hmm…this might make a good gift for a couple of campers I know!

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