When you’re out in the wilderness, the only clothes you can wear are the ones on your back, and maybe a spare change that’s in your bag. If you’re trekking for more than a couple of days, those pieces of cloth are going to soak up your smell, and it may not be a good one. There’s not exactly a washing machine out in the middle of nowhere, but you don’t have a ton of options to really scrub your shirt and knickers clean.
If you would prefer not to start developing a crust, then maybe getting the Scrubba Wash Bag will help. This is a portable washing machine that can fit in your pocket. The idea came from washboards in ye olden times, and consists of hundreds of tiny raised spheres which are likely made of some form of silicone or plastic. The process is simple, and you don’t even have to get your hands wet along the way.
To use, fill the bag 20-40% with water, add clothes and detergent, roll down the top, clip it shut, release air out of the valve and scrub your way to clean clothes. You can decide whether you need a 30 second light wash, or 3 minutes of vigorous scrubbing, which will dislodge dirt and oils just as well as any washer. Of course, this can also be used if you’re trying to cut down on utilities or need only one or two things washed. It would cost you around $66, and would likely come in handy if you’re the adventuring type.
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