I wanted to go a little greener with our laundry so I spent weeks looking up plans to build a pedal drivin washing machine, when I came across the Wonder Wash. For $50, I figured what’s the worst that could happen?? I’ve been using mine a little while now, I’ll give brief...
I wanted to go a little greener with our laundry so I spent weeks looking up plans to build a pedal drivin washing machine, when I came across the Wonder Wash. For $50, I figured what’s the worst that could happen?? I’ve been using mine a little while now, I’ll give brief overview and then some details you need to know, followed by how I use mine.
The size is nice, compact enough to stay on the counter, I enclosed a photo of it on my counter.
The drum is decent enough, the tape going around the seam is cheap *more on that further down. The lid locks on and seals really well. The drain works, but does leak *more on the drain further down. The frame is a little on the flimsy side, the little lock things they send to put in the peg holes fall out *more on those further down, the suction cups work for me if the counter is dry...if the counter is wet, the washer can still slide around, even with the suction cups still stuck...*more on most of this further down, lol. And why anyone is complaining about the instructions, it’s common sense people.
This section is how I do my laundry in the Wonder Wash, it includes details you need to know. I start by soaking my clothes in the sink for 20 minutes. We have a lawn service in Florida, so we stink when we come home. Clothes are sweaty and dirty. I have a Sterilite brand tote that fits in my sink almost perfectly that I use for soaking. I add 2 squirts of BIZ enzyme laundry additive *pictured in the Mrs.Myers bottle, & 2 squirts of Norwex laundry detergent ( I usually use Persil or Tide, they’re the best at cleaning grimy laundry, but I had some liquid Norwex I needed to use and it works good as well, just too expensive) into the Sterilite tote in the sink. I use my measuring jug, *pictured, to add 6 qts of warm water to my soaking tote AFTER the laundry soap so it mixes well. I place the clothes I want to wash into the soak tote, making sure to not add too many clothes. I add enough to generally fill the tote to the water line, but I make sure the clothes aren’t jammed in there, they need some wiggle room *pictured. Soak for 20 minutes, by then the water is usually nasty. I take the clothes from the soak tote one at a time slightly wringing them so they don’t drip too much & add them to the Wonder Wash. I then pour the water from the soak tote into the measuring jug, & into the washer CAREFULLY as to not spill it everywhere. Put the lid on the Wonder Wash, then I give it 180 full revolutions (I switch off arms every 30 turns) at a speed slightly faster than one revolution per second. I make sure I have an absorbent cloth under where the drain attaches, and attach the drain, it will likely leak some. I found attaching the drain to be much easier once I drew Sharpie lines on the outside of the drain marking the pegs on the inside. I then take the lid off, reach inside to the bottom and hold the clothes back so they aren’t blocking the drain. Once the water is drained, I pull the clothes out one at a time and wring them again, leaving them in the sink. I get my measuring jug again, add 2 tbsp of vinegar (to avoid detergent build up) and 1tsp of Scentsy Washer Whiffs (amazeballs & I’m a consultant), then I fill the jug to 3qts with warm water, add to the Wonder Washer and add another 3qts of warm, plain water to the Wonder Washer. At this point, you could use fabric softener, but I prefer not to because it leaves a residue on clothing leading to more grime attraction. Next, I put the clothes back in for the rinse. I do the same 180 turns, drain, pull clothes out, wring them out by hand, and throw them in the regular washer for the spin cycle. I wait to actually run the spin cycle until everyone in the house has done their Wonder Wash loads. I go back to the washer and add about a qt of clean water to rinse it out after everyone is done.
Now for the part that probably voided my warranty...the little locking things that go in the holes where the frame goes together, don’t stay in. They need to be in there or the frame will come apart. I got tired of them falling out so I put hot glue in the holes and pushed the lock back in, haven’t had one fall out since. Also, the cheap tape that seals the seam on the drum, I’m likely going to hot glue that seam as well. The tape sucks. And the suction cups, the counter gets wet sometimes so the suction cups keep it stuck to the counter but it still slides around. I was having to hold it from sliding off the edge of the counter so I put a thin line of hot glue along the edge of the counter to keep it from sliding off. I use a butter knife to lift the suction if I need to move the Wonder Wash.
I think that’s about it, hope it helps :)