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With a straight face hotels charge laundry prices that can exceed the original cost of the clothing. Even when I can expense laundry on a business trip I feel like it is letting hotels win so I do things like tramp around Melbourne in search of a coin laundry. In that recent Australia trip I realized that the offices for scrubba wash bag were a short walk from my company’s office and I wrote to the founder, Ashley Newland, with a plea for express delivery. I had heard about scrubba on Australian ABC’s Innovation program, that it was voted Australia’s top innovation in 2012, and my laundry was piling up.
I purchased two for myself and a friend, and Mr. Newland offered a third as a giveaway for Rapid Travel Chai readers.
The bag is essentially a waterproof dive bag with a special integrated washboard. See this video demonstration:
Further videos available on the scrubba YouTube page.
I tested the scrubba the following week through the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea on post-hike clothes too dirty to be pictured. The results were excellent. First time I put in too little shampoo and too little water, though the results were pretty good. Next time I got the amounts right and even my socks came out well. It produced significantly better results with much less time and effort. I integrated this into my regular laundry routine from One Bag, ringing the clothes and rolling them in towels. The scrubba takes up very little space and has earned a place in my backpack.
Leave a comment on this post telling about a hotel laundry experience, such as most exorbitant charge or a mishap. Good stories and horror stories welcome.
Prize: one scrubba wash bag, winner selected at random from eligible entrants.
Secondary prizes: scrubba provided me with several scrubba logo inflatable hangers. I may award these, at my discretion, to entrants that are particularly interesting or entertaining.
One entry per person. The comment should include a valid email address for verification of winners. Comments must be submitted by Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 23:59 EDT. The winner will be selected with the random number generator at random.org, the winning number corresponding to comment number. The winner will be posted in a subsequent blog post and updated on this post. The winner will need to provide a US mailing address to Rapid Travel Chai to receive the prize (sorry, no non-US addresses due to high shipping cost). Rapid Travel Chai has no financial relationship with srubba and will not receive any compensation from scrubba. And please enter if you actually will make use of the scrubba, not just to grab a freebie.
The winner is #14, Jane, see the final draw post for details.