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Two things you should know about me:
1. If something will save money and resources, I’ll do it in a heartbeat.
2. I don’t hand wash things. Ever.
Dishes will sit dirty on the counter and a pile of dresses will sit on the floor until my husband washes them. I’ve literally left a dress on the floor for a year because it was dirty and hand wash only. I don’t know why I have such a strong aversion to doing that work, but I do. It has something to do with how it makes my hands feel.
Also it makes me sad that a single load of laundry costs $2.50 to wash at dry and my apartment. So glad there’s only two of us.
So when I heard about The Laundry Pod, I was like, “Yes! Yes! All over that!”
What is The Laundry Pod?
The concept behind The Laundry Pod is simple: zero energy laundry. Instead of putting your clothing into a washing machine, you put them into this little plastic container and wash them using the power of the olden days: good ole fashion elbow grease. Fill with water and a small amount of laundry soap, add clothes, agitate/wash, drain, add more water, agitate/rinse, drain. (don’t worry – full instructions come in the box)
Less water. No energy. No cost. (especially for me – our water is included in our rent) The ultimate in eco friendly laundry.
And the best news for me? It is gentle enough for hand wash only clothing. I can finally wash my dresses enough to wear them on a regular basis!
Testing it Out
You should have seen me when I first got my Laundry Pod. I was so excited. I posted a picture to Instagram before I could even get the box open:
Yeah, I was totally geeking out.
I immediately ran and grabbed the pile of hand wash only clothing sitting on my bedroom floor and got to work.
The Laundry Pod is great for college students, travelers, apartment dwellers, even suburban home owners. Anyone who would like to use fewer resources, save money, and/or have an easy time hand washing garments. My husband and I have talked about moving up to a bit of land, which would leave us living without running water for quite some time. The Laundry Pod would allow us to still do laundry! Until then, I enjoy it as an eco-friendly alternative for small loads of laundry throughout the week.
Laundry Pod Review
So, practically, how does The Laundry Pod actually work? Pretty well. It’s not perfect, but I really like it and it is a great options for my house.
The instructions are very simple to follow and it does not take much time. You can use any laundry detergent you wish, from commercial liquid to the homemade powder I use. Just make sure you don’t use too much and that it fully dissolves before you add clothing. I really like that the design is similar to a salad spinner. This allows The Laundry Pod to use momentum and provide a bit of a spin cycle for your clothing. This was a HUGE sell for me. Not only do I hate how hand washing makes my hands feel, but I hate wringing and wringing and wringing and the clothes still drip all over the place as they hang dry. I haven’t had that problem with The Laundry Pod, which is awesome.
However, I can’t wash everything with it. I find that I’m not able to give it enough agitation to really clean heavily soiled items, like dish towels. And I find that I can’t get the spin cycle fast enough to get enough water out of heavy articles, like bath towels and jeans. These items still drip dry when I hang them up. If it was my only option, it would do, but for now I continue to wash my cloth pads, towels, and jeans in the washing machine.
And of course using The Laundry Pod does require manual labor. But so does walking to the other side of my apartment building and down a flight of stairs to the laundry room.
My husband uses The Laundry Pod a lot. Here is what his engineering brain has to say:
The handle has no bearing, so it creates some metal dust as you spin it. In general I feel like the construction is maybe a little flimsy. It does take a fair bit of work to do, especially the spin cycle if the clothes are not evenly distributed. But nothing has gone wrong with it and it works well. It does it’s job. It’s a cute, nicely designed product.
Yes, my husband really did say “cute” while I was interviewing him for this.
It’s not perfect, but we use it regularly and The Laundry Pod has been a great addition to our home.
Have you heard of The Laundry Pod? Would you be interested in trying it?
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