The Laundry Dilemma

When we first started designing the tiny house (in the spring of 2012) we were living on main street just one door down from a laundromat. At the time we were also making frequent trips up north where we stayed with lovely friends who let us bring our laundry up with us. Needless to say we decided to forgo a laundry set-up in the tiny house in favor of more space, less electricity usage and to keep our plumbing simple.

Recently however we’ve been spoiled by having a washer-dryer unit in our apartment. We’ve also begun thinking about some of the logistics in having to make a weekly laundromat run, especially if we end up moving the tiny house to a more rural locale. With space and simplicity still our number one priority we have begun looking at options for washing that would be tiny-house friendly. One option we are seriously considering are portable compact washers. These types of washers can handle small loads and require minimal water, little (or no) electricity, and can be stored when not in use. While we’ll still need to go to a mat for our bedding, we’ll at least have the convenience of washing clothes at home. Here are some examples of products we’re considering:

                                                                                                                                                        51ESdRj4hTL                                                                                              WonderWash

This little machine can handle up to 5lbs of laundry in just a few minutes of manually turning the tub, and has gotten pretty good consumer reviews. It’s also small enough to be stored easily when not in use.

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Also a very small machine with about the same capacity as the WonderWash. This one isn’t manually operated, but requires a low enough wattage that it’s still a feasible option for our solar set-up.


3 thoughts on “The Laundry Dilemma

  1. Don’t use the wonder wash — we full-time in an RV (have for 3+ years now) with a child with very bad allergies. We bought one with the thoughts of trying to use it for his laundry, thus having to not worry about using laundry mats during our travels. After 2 weeks of just his small laundry (he was 9 at the time) that was it — you can forget about any sort of denim going in there and we found it to be very cheaply made, and more of a pain.

  2. And don’t forget about the good ole clothesline for drying! We have one and love it, seems to dry faster than the electric dryer on low humidity days.

  3. Thanks Shawn, it’s helpful to hear some reviews by someone whose tried it. And yes Greg, we definitely plan on clothesline in the summer and a drying rack by the fire for the winter!

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