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Scrubba Bag

Joodle

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 10th through June 21st 2016 Yahooo!!
#1
I am taking a Scrubba bag with me on my Camino. I don't want to be waiting in a long line to use a sink to do laundry, I would rather be exploring the town. As you have to be able to use things in more than one way, I have all my clothes, socks, sleeping system (in a compression sack) packed inside and you can compress everything with a one way valve. It makes a very tight bundle and slips down into my pack very easily. I will protect all the most important stuff, should my pack rain cover fail. I of course will be the one on the trail with the most wrinkled clothes that will never straighten out again!
 

CathyJ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - April 2016
SJPP to SDC
#2
Judy, I have a Scrubba also and figure it is just a slightly heavier dry bag when not being used to do laundry
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
#3
Judy, I have a Scrubba also and figure it is just a slightly heavier dry bag when not being used to do laundry
Me too. I didn't use it as much as I expected, but it's a useful dry bag when not in use.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013). Via de le Plata (2016)
#4
Joodie, thanks for mentioning the Scrubba. Hadn't heard of it but just ordered the pack - a bit heavier than the bag but can be used as a backpack around town or for slackpacking. Buen Camino, Noel
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#5
Unless you have issues with hand washing, it seems like one of those unnecessary, "just in case", items that are just adding extra weight and bulk. I never had to stand in line for a sink. Didn't use the sink stopper I brought either.
 

GreatDane

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF to Burgos Sept/Oct 2014, Burgos to Astorga April 2016, Astorga to SdC 2017
#6
I never had to stand in line for a sink. Didn't use the sink stopper I brought either.
Me neither. And left the sink stopper at home last minute.
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#9
Seems like it would be much simpler to just use the sink. Or even a quick rinse while showering. Sometimes I think we make things more complicated than necessary.
 

Meggsy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April (2016)
#10
Someone somewhere on here mentioned throwing your clothes in the shower with you so washing them at the same time - sounds like a plan?? Of course not to hog the shower, just to stomp on while you are in there!
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#11
It happens. And it does work. Probably best for smaller items like socks and undies.
And the occasional shirt.

I did manage to find and use washing machines reasonably often. They also usually provided soap for that.
 

Bajaracer

Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013) Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
#12
Albergues have plenty of plastic washtubs to wash your laundry, no need for a sink stopper, bring a small nail brush to scrub your clothes clean.
For the cost of a Scrubba, it better wash your laundry for you! Or you could use some of that money to have your laundry machine washed at the albergue for €3.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#13
Someone somewhere on here mentioned throwing your clothes in the shower with you so washing them at the same time - sounds like a plan?? Of course not to hog the shower, just to stomp on while you are in there!
Yeah, along with all the athlete's fungus from every country in the whole wide world?
As well as who knows what types of bodily fluids?
Ummm... no thanks?
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
#14
Yeah, along with all the athlete's fungus from every country in the whole wide world?
As well as who knows what types of bodily fluids?
Ummm... no thanks?
You bet Annie! When I volunteered at Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal in 2014 we saw the lot! Our best friend was a cleaning product called "Don Limpio" (Mr Clean)! He was in the bathroom, the kitchen ... he was worth his weight in gold!
 

Devon Mike

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Finisterre & Muxia (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018), Primitivo & Ingles (2017)
#15
Someone somewhere on here mentioned throwing your clothes in the shower with you so washing them at the same time - sounds like a plan?? Of course not to hog the shower, just to stomp on while you are in there!
I have done this many times as I often found the clothes washing facilities only had cold water!!
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#16
You do not have to put your clothes on the floor of the shower to wash them. Wash them by hand and hang them over the shower door while you rinse.
 

alipilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2005), Frances (2007), Madrid/Frances (2011), 1/2 VdP (2012),
#17
Great, then you take twice as long to have a shower, and use up more hot water so the poor pilgrims after you have to wait twice as long to have a cold shower! No! Wash your clothes at the laundry sink like you are asked to. You do not need hot water to wash your clothes if you use the proper soap and are efficient.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#18
You bet Annie! When I volunteered at Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal in 2014 we saw the lot! Our best friend was a cleaning product called "Don Limpio" (Mr Clean)! He was in the bathroom, the kitchen ... he was worth his weight in gold!
Yup. Except Don Limpio isn't used every time a new pilgrim takes a shower, right?
Having fought a fungus once, I just wouldn't take the chance, personally.
I've seen some scary feet on the Camino! :eek::p
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#19
You do not have to put your clothes on the floor of the shower to wash them. Wash them by hand and hang them over the shower door while you rinse.
It's really not fair to the other pilgrims who are waiting to take a hot shower for you to use the hot water to wash your clothes, imo.
 

Ahhhs

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago, May 2015
Porto to Santiago, April 2016
Muxia-Finisterre-Santiago, April 2016
Camino Del Norte, April 2017
#21
I'm not suggesting anyone bring their whole laundry bag into the shower. Rinsing out a pair of undies or socks takes no more time and probably less water than filling up a sink. But as always, to each their own.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#23
You bet Annie! When I volunteered at Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal in 2014 we saw the lot! Our best friend was a cleaning product called "Don Limpio" (Mr Clean)! He was in the bathroom, the kitchen ... he was worth his weight in gold!
Ah Rabanal! Does the far end WC in the main bathroom still clog up every now and again?

The best "washing machine" I saw was a Frenchman took two folding camp bowls - soapy water in one and clean in the other. Clothes went in, he did a little jig, transfered the clothes and did another little jig. He'd smile and say "just how grandpa made wine!"
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#24
"Scrubba" who thinks up these names? Probably wouldn't sell very well in the UK!
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
#25
Ah Rabanal! Does the far end WC in the main bathroom still clog up every now and again?

The best "washing machine" I saw was a Frenchman took two folding camp bowls - soapy water in one and clean in the other. Clothes went in, he did a little jig, transfered the clothes and did another little jig. He'd smile and say "just how grandpa made wine!"
Hi Jeff - I'm very happy to say that when I volunteered at Gaucelmo in July 2014 all was well with that loo! ;) I'm back there in August this year so fingers crossed!

I hope that you had a really rewarding experience volunteering at Rabanal - I have very special memories and I just can't wait to go back!

Was the clothes spinner at Gaucelmo when you volunteered there? What a fantastic appliance that was and so popular with pilgrims and hospitaleros alike. Here's a photo of it:

Clothes Spinner at Gaucelmo.jpg

The Frenchman's "washing machine" sounds fantastic and very clever!

Cheers Jeff -

Jenny
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#26
Hi Jeff - I'm very happy to say that when I volunteered at Gaucelmo in July 2014 all was well with that loo! ;) I'm back there in August this year so fingers crossed!

I hope that you had a really rewarding experience volunteering at Rabanal - I have very special memories and I just can't wait to go back!

Was the clothes spinner at Gaucelmo when you volunteered there? What a fantastic appliance that was and so popular with pilgrims and hospitaleros alike. Here's a photo of it:

View attachment 24948

The Frenchman's "washing machine" sounds fantastic and very clever!

Cheers Jeff -

Jenny
Hi Jenny, that or something similar. The big problem was convincing pilgrims not to put dripping wet clothes in - causes problems with balance/mechanical wear. The same with the hot air driers you see further west. Filling them up with sopping wet clothes and then having to shuck in euro after euro in the vain hope it will all come out dry in the end.

A few people were a bit put out when they heard WE (hospitaleros) had a washing machine until it was pointed out that it was used exclusively for THEIR dirty sheets!

I worked there during a very hot July so my sheets flash dried on the lines in the huerta.

J
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
#27
Hi Jenny, that or something similar. The big problem was convincing pilgrims not to put dripping wet clothes in - causes problems with balance/mechanical wear. The same with the hot air driers you see further west. Filling them up with sopping wet clothes and then having to shuck in euro after euro in the vain hope it will all come out dry in the end.

A few people were a bit put out when they heard WE (hospitaleros) had a washing machine until it was pointed out that it was used exclusively for THEIR dirty sheets!

I worked there during a very hot July so my sheets flash dried on the lines in the huerta.

J
Hi Jeff -

We found the same thing with the clothes spinner. We ran the spinner for the pilgrims, after first asking them to wring the wet gear out as best they could.

One of my greatest joys at Rabanal was bringing in the toasty, bone-dry pillowcases and sheets - the crispness and freshness was so lovely. I'm hoping for hot and dry weather in August - seeing all the laundry flapping away happily in the hot sunshine!

Cheers -

Jenny
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#28
Hi Jeff -

We found the same thing with the clothes spinner. We ran the spinner for the pilgrims, after first asking them to wring the wet gear out as best they could.

One of my greatest joys at Rabanal was bringing in the toasty, bone-dry pillowcases and sheets - the crispness and freshness was so lovely. I'm hoping for hot and dry weather in August - seeing all the laundry flapping away happily in the hot sunshine!

Cheers -

Jenny
Have a great time - we arrive in Rabanal on 1st September but are booked in to Tonio's across the "square"

regards

Jeff C
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
#29
Have a great time - we arrive in Rabanal on 1st September but are booked in to Tonio's across the "square"

regards

Jeff C
Thanks for your good wishes Geoff. Enjoy Antonios ... I love the dinners there - particularly the roast chicken. I hope you'll go across to Gaucelmo for afternoon tea.
Cheers - Jenny
 

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