Sometimes here at MFA, we get some really neat opportunities. Like, being among the first to learn about cool new products to make your apartment living easier. One of the recent items sent our way was the Laundry Pod – which is essentially a large salad spinner for clothes. It was designed by a mom tired of wasting water washing her sons’ multiple sports uniforms – but it has potential benefits for any city sweller.
First, how it works:
Yes, there are a lot of steps. Which, can be fine depending on your needs and priorities. For me, with a lack of time, I feel like time is my biggest enemy. Perhaps, for you cost is – and the need to conserve water. So, let’s assume that the 10 -item at a time wash doesn’t bother you. . . and we’re off to the races!
First, the good parts:
It’s conveniently portable and can fit in the smallest of NYC bathtubs. Especially for those without easy access to laundry, it can be pretty helpful to be able to wash your, em, ‘intimates’ at a moment’s notice. If your other option is hand washing, it’s definitely an improvement. And, if you’re paying $2.25+ a load, that’s some nice extra change in your pocket (after the initial $99.95 cost) + no more dragging your stuff to the laundromat!
And, the not as great parts:
It’s not as easy as it looks, in the sense that you gotta really work your muscles with each load to move the water around. (On the plus side, you could consider using the Pod part of your exercise routine!) So, while you may leave your laundry at the laudromat and then read a book – this is a much more active process. Also, while it gets out smells pretty well – stains are another story, so you might consider pre-treating. It’s possible I didn’t let the items soak long enough, but not sure I’d trust my favorite sweater in this guy. It also has this tricky hose where the dirty water goes out …so you can get a bit wet.
So, on the whole – while I’m not sure how often I’ll be using the Laundry Pod, it may be a good fit for others.
What do you think? Would this be useful for you? Let us know!