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Sizes of Scrubba and Allurette portable washing machine

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nidarosa

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Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
In case you wondered, I can now tell you that the Scrubba washing machine is the size of a 13 litre drybag. It has a roll-top closure and a rubber washboard on the inside and a valve to release air from the bag before kneading the laundry in soapy water. Their smaller Allurette delicates washer is the same size as an 8 litre drybag and works the same way apart from a screw closure on the valve. The Scrubba is actually a bit big for one person, I think - I ended up rolling it right up to the valve and it all seemed too roomy in there. I prefer to take it when I have company, and use the Allurette when I am walking on my own or away on business - it definitely beats doing laundry in sinks. That said, it is perfectly possible to do your laundry in a normal drybag, just try to get most of the air out before you roll it shut. Buen camino laundry!
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I used a much lighter weight (1.2 ounces) 12 liter Osprey dry bag to wash my clothes. It worked great. As I got into the shower I put my clothes into the bag with some soap and warm water. I closed it, agitated it a bit, then let everything soak while I showered and dressed. After agitating the bag a bit more I rinsed my clothes in the laundry sink. It was easier than standing at the sink washing the clothes, and I think that they came out cleaner than when I just washed them in the sink or laundry tub.
 

nidarosa

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Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
@trecile Yes, I used to use a lighter drybag too but often ended up doing the kneading on rough surfaces so I bought my parents a Scrubba for their campervan out of selfish curiousity - it is thicker and sturdier. Too much so, maybe, but I do like the washboard and valve, a definite improvement on the thin drybag. Recently I found a cheap Allurette and got it because it is smaller and does the same job. Well worth the small weight penalty in my opinion, so I thought I would share the sizings in case someone wondered.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
@trecile Yes, I used to use a lighter drybag too but often ended up doing the kneading on rough surfaces so I bought my parents a Scrubba for their campervan out of selfish curiousity - it is thicker and sturdier. Too much so, maybe, but I do like the washboard and valve, a definite improvement on the thin drybag. Recently I found a cheap Allurette and got it because it is smaller and does the same job. Well worth the small weight penalty in my opinion, so I thought I would share the sizings in case someone wondered.
Yes, the valve seems like a definite plus over the standard dry bag.
 

David Tallan

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I brought a Scrubba with me on my Camino in the summer of 2016. I must admit that it was one item that I thought would be really useful but found I really didn't need and I won't carry that weight on my next Camino. I think I may have used it two or three times on the between Roncesvalles and Finisterre. I generally found that the laundry sinks worked just as well or better and I often shared a washing machine. That was my Camino, though. Everyone walks their own.
 
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