Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wonder Wash

A few years ago we bought the Wonder Wash to wash clothes and diapers without spending too much money.

The Wonder Wash is called a compact pressure washer. It is hand-powered by a plastic crank and can hold up to 5 lbs. of laundry at a time. The lid seals on a rubber gasket and is closed by a knob that screws down the lid quite tightly.

I used ours to do all our family's (then 2 adults, one baby) laundry, including cloth diapers. It did a fine job. The hardest part was wringing the laundry out sufficiently by hand afterwards. I did laundry just about every day, and it took about an hour start to finish. Definitely a good workout. The instructions say to do it on a counter at the edge of a sink so that you can drain the gray water into the sink. I didn't have any such counter, so I just put it in the bathtub and knelt on a towel just outside the tub to do the cranking. I found the drain pipe to be inefficient so I just took the lid off after a cycle and dumped the water out.

It seems that people acquire these little contraptions second-hand quite often. And usually they are missing the instructions. We no longer have our Wonder Wash, but I did type the instructions a while back. Here they are for anyone who needs them:

Simple and Easy-to-Use Wonder Wash Washing Instructions:

1. Sort the washing into loads according to material type and/or colors. Note: There are 5 basic load types:
A. White cottons and linens
B. Colorfast cottons and linens
C. White synthetics and cotton blends
D. Nylons and colored synthetics
E. Delicates

2. Place the machine on the edge of the sink.

3. Add the required water (at the correct temperature) and soap according to the washing chart below.

4. Add the washing.

5. Fit the pressure lid and tighten completely.

6. Attach the handle and turn the machine at abut one turn per second for the recommended time.

7. After washing, unscrew the pressure lid by turning the pressure knob slowly to release the pressure.

8. Remove pressure lid by turning anti-clockwise to release.

9. To drain, tilt machine to allow water to run into sink OR, if fitted with water release valve, insert Pipe into Valve and turn a quarter turn clockwise, until it clicks into position.

1. By Hand
Fill sink or basin with clean water and empty wash into sink and agitate by hand.

2. By Machine
After draining away the dirty water, leave the washing in the machine and fill with clean cold water. Replace the pressure lid and tighten and turn the machine for about 30 seconds. Drain and wring dry. Repeat if necessary.


.5 kg ---- 1.5 L -----1 Tbsp/15 g --- 1 min
1 kg ----- 3 L ------ 2 Tbsp/30 g -- 1.25 min
1.5 kg --- 4.5 L ---- 3 Tbsp/45 g -- 1.5 min
2.2 kg --- 6 L ------ 4 Tbsp/60 g -- 2 min

Note: Very absorbent materials will require more water, but DO NOT exceed the amounts listed above. If necessary reduce the size of the load.


A ------------ 90 deg C - very hot
B ------------ 60 deg C - hot
C ------------ 50 deg C - hand hot
D ------------ 40 deg C - warm
E ------------ 30 deg C - lukewarm


1. DO NOT use boiling water
2. DO NOT leave pressure lid on the machine after washing if the machine is still hot as a vacuum can form when machine cools down.
3. DO NOT store machine with pressure knob turned tight.
4. DO NOT overload. Do smaller loads as it will be easier and the machine will was better and quicker.
5. DO NOT TIGHTEN the pressure lid onto the machine when storing. Put on loosely!

1. We recommend the use of LOW FOAM DETERGENTS (i.e. automatic washing machine powders.)
2. Low foam detergents will make rinsing easier.
3. If wash does not come clean the washing combination is wrong. Use the correct amount of water, soap, and time.
4. Wash clothes at highest temperature garment will allow, but DO NOT exceed recommended temperatures.
5. The use of washing additives, e.g. a little bleach and/or fabric softener is acceptable.
6. Assist the cleaning of very dirty cuffs and collars by using recommended additives designed for cuffs and collars; or Wet the cuff or collar first and rub soap powder into fabric.
7. DO NOT scrub cuffs and collars, as this only damages the fabric.

NOTE: These instructions have been typed from the instructions that came packaged with a Wonder Wash unit. They are not the complete instructions, as they do not include the guarantee info, 5-min dying info, pressure lid fitting instructions, assembly instructions, or full water release valve instructions. There also might be typos, sorry.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Johanna! It is wonderful to catch up on you and your family. I am also thinking over our canning from this year and dreaming for next season. We currently have 3 feet of snow with more to come this weekend. I think this year is going to be the best spring (mud season) ever!
And I have to agree with you that waking up to a clean house makes all the difference in the world. I have yet to do a cleaning schedule but I pretty much daily do a clean sweep of our common areas and I found sanity with that routine alone. Miss you, hope you are well!
peace, Sara