The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

by , 08/25/13

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Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy. The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by providing a portable, human-powered machine that saves energy, water and money. The device uses a hand crank instead of electricity, requiring only a few minutes of work to wash a load of laundry. Similar to the GiraDora, the Laundry Pod is lightweight, easy to operate, and electricity-free.

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The average visitor to a laundromat in the US can spend up to $5 per load of laundry, and if you have a conventional washing machine at home, it can drive up your utilities bills. At only $99.95, the Laundry Pod is a relatively inexpensive way to keep both a clean conscience and a clean closet. Perfect for small apartment spaces, camping, and displaced living, the Laundry Pod is a compact washer and spin dryer that takes advantage of a circular spinning mechanism powered by a hand lever. Standing at a little over a foot tall and weighing 6.5 lbs, the Laundry Pod is available in three different colors.

Only 1.5 gallons of wash water and 1/5 of detergent are needed to clean the 10 garments that can fit into the tub. Once loaded, the inside basket is spun by cranking the arm on the lid, needing only about two minutes of agitation. The drain valve and flexible hose easily siphons off soapy water. After the first cycle, fresh water can be added to rinse the load, drained, and the inner basket spun again using the hand crank to spin off excess moisture. The entire process takes about ten minutes to complete.

By purchasing a personal, human-powered machine, the owner can eliminate the need to waste fuel moving back and forth between laundromats and home, cut down on overall water and power usage, and save valuable time and money. The capacity of the Laundry Pod is a quarter of a conventional machine, so a little planning is involved to handle large amounts of dirty duds. Easier on the environment than large, metal machines, the lightweight plastic model can be easily transferred and even shared.

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Via Bambu Batu Blog

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  1. Mike German April 26, 2015 at 5:44 am

    This should not just be for poor and developing countries. The makers need to think much bigger. This would sell very well in developed countries as well. I for one would buy one or even 2. We can exercise while washing the clothes n save power reducing our carbon footprint. It would also be great for camping. You guys (the manufacturers) need to think much bigger.

  2. Schuyler Smith September 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Now, lets get a bike pedal version.

  3. Susana Heuer September 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I like this but I think is to expensive the gira dora is 40 dollars , I think it has more capacity

  4. squeakydc April 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    This is really nice and would be great to have but I have bad muscle pains mainly in my arms, shoulders and hands (myalgia and myostosis) so I would really love to buy the Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer because my legs are stronger than my arms and hands. I know my legs would probably give out some but I could sit and switch from my left leg to my right leg and it would be a lot easier. I am afraid I would not be able to do my laundry every day like I am suppose to by using this Laundry Pod. I am from the USA. It’s only too small depending on how many people are in your family. You can do a load of clothes every day and if you have over 3 or 4 people in your family you can buy more than one and have everyone take turns each day doing laundry.

    “The Laundry POD can hold up to about 10 regular articles of clothing. Depending on how large the articles of clothing are The Laundry POD could hold more or less items” it will most likely hold a whole outfit for one adult, pants, shirt, undies, bra and socks. Just speculating. I use a wonder washer which holds all of the clothes I just mentioned and this Laundry POD looks like a bigger tub so it could possibly hold a few more smaller items like dish rags and wash rags or something.

  5. Jennifer Hart-Honore August 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    It’s all a matter of perspective. Here in the US, it may seem not useful or too small. We areused to being able to wash many things at once and not have to do any of the real work. In another country, say India, where you have to wash clothes by hand, literally, this would be a Godsend. Something to celebrate.

  6. Jonathan Creel August 26, 2013 at 3:13 am

    This is a big salad spinner and it is silly. Yet another thing to re-gift.

  7. creative_nashik September 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    i want to purchase it. i am from india.

  8. LookingGlassPress August 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    It is too small!

  9. Kog August 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I think this is a awesome idea!!

  10. bthinker August 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    This would be good to hook to a generating bike more than a handcrank(it would be a good sales option, 220 buck bike option, exercise grade bike.

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