Using the Wonder Wash

Here is a link to a Facebook photo album detailing my experience using the non-electric Wonder Wash for the first time. It was relatively quick and easy, and I was able to use only 5 gallons of water, all of which I recaptured to use as gray water for flushing toilets.

wonder wash machine

This is the new non-electric washer

As you’ll see, I did use the spin cycle of the regular washing machine for about 10 minutes, so I could hang my shirts without distorting them from the weight of the water. (I guess that would be the only water I couldn’t reclaim as gray water.) The only downside to the experience was that the directions that came with the Wonder Wash were unclear and incomplete. I had to go online to find instructions regarding amounts and temperatures of water to use for washing and rinsing, and then had to convert the liters to gallons.  Not really a big deal, and it’s easy to remember going forward.

A friend wondered about whether soap would be left in the clothes at the end of washing. My clothes are still damp as I write this, so I will post again to let you know how they turned out when dry.

About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.
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6 Responses to Using the Wonder Wash

  1. Leonie Brooks says:

    Where can I find wonder wash in South Africa


  2. Michael says:

    I have been using the Wonder Wash fairly exclusively for almost 4 years now. It works pretty well. My only problem with it is its durability. I have had to replace the stand, handle and repair the cover and crank side of the drum. besides that, my close come out clean and, especially during the winter, hanging my close inside on racks helps with humidity in my apartment.


    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the feedback a vote of confidence, despite your problems. Durablity does seem to be a recurring theme with this, and similar products. It would be nice if they offered lower, and higher-end versions. Once I knew it worked as promised, I wouldn’t mind paying more for one that would hold up. After all, throwing away and replacing broken parts is anithetical to thrift and sustainability.


  3. Carolyn Carr says:

    Leslie and Peter –

    Thank you so much for all these photos and the details about this new laundry adventure with the Wonder Wash gadget from Lehmans! Neato bandito.

    And thanks for all your energy launching this Longfellow group — I’m so glad to be joining in — your blog is fantastic!



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