Need a better way to do laundry? In this Video Natalie shows us how to use the Eco Wash from Avalon Bay.
By the way, if you’re having trouble putting it together we have another video that shows you exactly how to do it so don’t get intimidated:
The first thing you want to do is put the EcoWash really close to your sink because the drain is actually not that long, and you want to make sure it can reach right into it. And the EcoWash can get kind of heavy when it’s full of water
The suction cups are really strong so the EcoWash will definitely stay planted. Once you need to actually move it the suction cups have a little nub that will help you pull it; although you might want to use a little fingernail action as well
Once you’ve got the EcoWash positioned where you want it technically that’s when you put in water and detergent; but if you’re new to this, I’s recommend putting your clothes in first just to see how full it’s going to be, because that’s going to influence what water and detergent amount you put in.
I got my dirty clothes right here, and if I put them all in I can see that the EcoWash is about three quarters full so I know I’m going to need about four and a half quarts of water and about 3 tablespoons of detergent.
So now you’ve done the clothes test, you’ve looked at your chart, you know how much water you need. It’s got to be hot water, but not boiling. Just whatever comes out of your sink is fine. I’m going to use a pitcher, but if you have a sink or a shower head that’s extendable that’s great too. The really cool thing is that the hot water acts the way it would in a pressure cooker so the detergent goes through the clothes really, really fast; in fact, it’s one hundred times as fast as a normal machine, or hand washing.
And yet, you’re using so much water; the EcoWash actually saves ninety percent more water compared to a normal machine. And just to put this into context a little bit I have a friend whose Grandpa would actually collect the water used from his washing machine to reuse it for his garden and they filled up three big trashcans full of water. Just to put that in context we put a few quarts in here. That’s awesome, you’re saving a lot of water.
Now you put in the detergent. Probably just a few tablespoons full based on whatever the chart told you; which if you think about it is a lot less than you’d normally use.
Now it’s time to put your clothes in. Just separate them out the way you normally would for laundry the way you normally would; whites in one, colors in another.
So this is the top. As you see the lid has an inner lid that is pretty wiggly; don’t worry, that’s a good thing, it doesn’t mean it’s broken or anything. That’s actually what helps make the pressure magic happen in there. The lid has a knob that you want to screw in just a little bit; just enough so it doesn’t fall off. When you put the lid onto the EcoWash there are little tabs that stick out around the rim of the opening. All you have to do is line up the tabs and make sure the lid goes on kind of flush with the base of the EcoWash, and then give it a turn. Then twist the top knob until it’s all the way down but not too tight because you want to be able to get it off again afterwards.
Now it’s time to crank your EcoWash. It’s slightly heavy but not too bad because it’s not full. You want to crank it for two minutes. And I would go both ways a little bit to just kind of approximate the normal agitation of a washing machine. And when that two minutes is over it’s time to drain.
to attach the drain there’s a point that you can kind of feel it drop in and there’s a kind of springy motion. That’s good that means you can push in and turn, and it will stay on there. As we attach the drain, you can see it’s kind of dribbling off and you may be thinking “I put in more water than that” well you did put in more water than that. What we actually have to do is unscrew the top and that’s going to allow the water top flow fully.
So once you’re done draining, just counterclockwise twist the drain hose to detach it. At this point you have a couple of options. You can either just take the clothes out and rinse them in the sink, that’s fast; or you can do sort of a semi-rinse cycle in the EcoWash just by putting in cold water, closing up the top, the same way we did, cranking it one to two minutes, and draining it again.
When you take your clothes out just keep in mind they’re going to be sopping wet. Thankfully you’re probably by your sink or close to your bathtub that works too. Then just give your clothes a little wring out and hang them up.
Thanks for joining us to learn the ins and outs of the EcoWash from Avalon Bay.
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y'all need a different spokesperson, this bitch is annoying as fuck. Like, you cant talk and demonstrate at the same time? Or at least talk at a reasonable pace, instead of like you're talking to a group of preschoolers
I owned one. It Works. My only modification would to use an epoxy filler to thicken the inside of the handle crank. We broke two under normal use. If you own one you know how thin and light the handle is. It has a thin plastic grid as a strengthener. This should 100% be filled in with an epoxy for long lasting use! The plastic to Aluminum bearing (through) stand to barrel will wear down. Expect 1 to 2 years max of use under normal circumstance daily use. Its $50 and well worth it for what it is. Would buy it again if needed as a (travel washer).
This is a great way to get your clothes clean, all while reducing your economical footprint, and doing your part in saving the planet! You would be surprised how much Co2 it produces running a washing machine, the numbers are shocking! I'm looking into switching to this or the laundry pod. I already hang dry my clothes for the same reason, and drying your clothes in a dryer actually damages your clothes * sad face *
Just got mine today and just in time to do a load of diapers. I placed the unit in my tub, put half the normal amount of soap and 6L of hot water and then added 9 cloth diapers with their inserts which weighed 5lbs(eco wash max cap), spun it 2 min, drained the soapy water. I then added 6L of cold water and spun another 2 mins, drained and carried it to my washer and did the final spin to get the water out and then in the dryer for an hour. Came out smelling good and with alittle work, I saved about 88L! I will still use my main washer for big stuff/sweaters/jeans. But I could totally use this for boxers/under shirts/long johns.
super mais quand tu l'utilise ds le bain ...quand le fond du bain devient mouillé les ventouse ne tienne plus en place se serais bien d'avoir une deuxieme paire de «patte« anti - dérapante pour les surface trempe !!!
Save your money and hand wash in the sink. Seriously, I was so excited to get this thing but it sucks. The clothes weren't any cleaner and it took me a while to rinse the soap out. If you really want to clean your clothes without using electricity, just wash them in a sink.
I just received my mine today from Amazon and I love it, only thing is it doesn't take out the stains to well. And today I had a mishap, didn't close it right so soapy water went everywhere. But other then that love it!!
This could be really useful for light, delicate clothes that are not exceptionally dirty (like blouses, scarves, bras). Also, instead of just adding the water and spinning, leaving the clothes soaked in the water for a short while might get them cleaner. But would heavier clothes like jeans, towels, sweaters get washed?? Especially in 2 mins??
Thanks John I am ordering one soon because I hate laundromats. You say you wouldn't use it weekly... Is that because of the quality of the wash or because conventional washing machines are easier to use?
It does an excellent job. Two minutes is enough because of the pressure buildup. Though missionaries, and other volunteers in backward nations use these regularly, I wouldn't use it weekly. I'd get a compact auto or twin tub if I were space and connection challenged.
had one of these about 15 years ago when I lived in apartment (and had 3 children under 5) and couldn't afford to go to the laundry mat every day. it was a real money saver. I think I payed $25 at the time for mine, then got a salad spiner to spin the clothes dryer for $10 and then a pop up wooden clothesline for another $10. I was doing my laundry daily for 10-20 mins a day 3-5 times a week. I'd say it saved me almost $75 or more a month (my laundry bill was $100 a month, not including soap). it was one of the best investment and I had the eco washer for over 5 year's and when I moved into a house with a washer and dryer and gave it away it was still working. they last forever.
it will get a lot of dirt out. it works, but you need to rinse twice, and then squeeze all the water out once it's done and then hang them up. sadly I'm going back to using a washboard because it is easier believe it or not. I seen all the good reviews on this and purchased it and boy what a disappointment. on a lighter note she did a good job on the video.
I recently purchased this washer and was very disappointed with its craftsmanship, quality in material and performance.
The drum (tumbler) could use panels inside to create more agitation with the water for a better rinse. The stand will really question the durability of this product. The draining process takes very long (even with the lid removed completely since the clothes blocks the outlet).
I will be sticking with my Washing Wand and 5 gallon pale as it is half the price and so much more effective.
2 hours??? holy shit!! Most full modern washers usually do clothes in 15 minutes, the old style did them in 30 minutes.....but that's like 5 minutes of wash, and 10 minutes of double rinse (a "wet rinse" and a "motion rinse") plus spin cycle. Usually doesn't leave your clothes sopping wet afterward and you can have more than 5 pieces of clothing in it at a time.
I feel the same way. I was just about to write the same and then i saw your comment.
But i know what it is with her. She is very softspoken. Soothing pleasant voice and a gentle way of speaking. Thats whats makes it pleasant to watch
Not gonna remove period blood/oil/grass stains or heavy worn soiled sock dirt. But normal daily wear ( underwear, socks, shirt, bra yeah) Your forearms will look like Barbarian hero in 6 months time with use! Probly another benefit. If a washer is 100% clean this gets cloths %75% clean. We presoak then tumble. Drain, fill, add softener, tumble drain.
Hi Linda, thanks for the question! You can definitely use any temperature water, it's just that hot water is what builds up the pressure; and that pressure is what makes it so super fast. You can use cold water, you will just be cranking it for longer.