a hand-cranked portable washer made by The Laundry Alternative, Inc.
Photo: Courtesy of The Laundry Alternative, Inc.
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A Quick and Cheap Wash

If mom is an empty nester, she may be spending way too much on electricity and water for half empty laundry loads. The Wonder Wash is a great alternative. The hand-cranked portable washer can hold up to 5 pounds, about seven to eight dress shirts or two to three pairs of jeans of laundry. After warm or hot water is poured in the drum and the lid is sealed, the heat of the water causes the air inside to expand, creating pressure, which forces detergent and water into fabric 100 times faster than hand washing, allowing for quicker wash times.

About $43, The Laundry Alternative, Inc.
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