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This hand powered portable washing machine is an extremely eco-friendly product providing a cheaper alternative to hotel laundry service if you travel and can’t find a green hotel, enjoy camping or need a break from trekking to the laundromat or laundry room of your apartment building.

cleanairgardening_2064_30154055.jpgWhat intrigued me about this mini-appliance is its small size, portability and the fact that it requires no electricity or batteries – just a little elbow grease.  When we travel, especially with kids, we can go through a lot of clean clothes, and doing the wash is the last thing I want to do when I get home.

cleanairgardening_2065_5746847.jpgThis little washing machine is purported to hold up to five men’s shirts.  It’s lightweight, easy to operate and uses a lot less water and detergent than an electric washer.  To wash clothes, you turn the hand crank on the side of the tub.  The company states that about 2 minutes of cranking will result in clean clothes, though I’m not so sure about the clothes of highly active, grunge-covered children.  Most of its parts are plastic and reviews indicate that the hand crank mechanism may be weakened after 6 months to a year’s steady use.

I wouldn’t recommend this for big loads of laundry at home – I’m all for energy efficiency, but not enough to give up the necessity of my super capacity automatic washing machine…just yet, but this little portable washer may provide a quick on-location, or off-grid, laundry solution.  And of course, there’s nothing better than air-drying your clothes.

It retails for about $50.00 and can be found at cleanairgardening.com.  A similar product called, Wonder Wash, can be found at laundry-alternatives.com for a few dollars less.