A Portable Washing Machine That Doesn't Need a Drop of Electricity

By Andrew Liszewski on at

If camping seems like fun but you’d prefer if roughing it wasn’t so rough, the Drumi from Yirego is a compact portable washing machine that can clean around six or seven garments without the need for a power outlet, a generator, or even a sunny day to feed a solar panel.

At just 55 centimetres tall the Drumi can easily be stashed in the boot of your car alongside sleeping bags and a tent, and with a capacity of around five litres of water it can clean a few days worth of soiled camp clothes as long as you’ve got the energy to operate its foot pump.

A release valve on the underside of the Drumi washer can be activated with a single button press to drain away dirty water, at which point the machine becomes a sort of salad spinner for clothing to help wring out your garments before hanging them to dry.

It’s great for camping when you simply don’t have access to electricity, but it’s also good for home use during emergencies when the power out. And if you’re a university kid in desperate need of a clean shirt but don’t have any quarters, you can probably easily convince your parents to cough up the $129 (£85) needed to pre-order the Drumi giving you an easy way to do laundry when funds are limited at the end of the month. You’ll just need to wait until July of next year to get your hands on one, so hopefully you don’t graduate before then. [Yirego via Taxi]