Love, Wonder Wash

Wil and I wash our clothes in our bathtub. I know you don't believe me, which is why I went to great lengths to furnish both photo and video proof to support my claim. I know what you're thinking: "Um, Danielle, why don't you just bring your dirty clothes to the laundromat like every other city dweller on the planet?" Well, it's just not that simple.

Last summer, my Sugar Plum bought us an apartment in Parkchester, NY. The website says it best: "Parkchester is a self-contained village within a city." What they forgot to mention about our "village" was that there were no laundry facilities in our apartment building. This was a first for both of us, but I was not scared of facing a new domestic challenge: the laundromat.

I had it all worked out in my baby brain. I would pack a book and some snacks, use my "old lady" shopping cart to carry my detergent and dirty clothes to the laundromat and babysit my stuff while it washed and dried. Piece of cake...or so I thought.

Here's what actually happened during my first (and only) laundromat experience in Parkchester:
  1. I forgot my book and snacks at home because I was rushing to get to the laundromat before it closed.
  2. While I was crossing the street with my cart, I hit a pot hole that knocked both me and my cart to the ground, spilling my clothes to the pavement and scratching up the front of my brand new Marc Jacobs purse (I know, "Who brings a Marc Jacobs purse to a laundromat in the Bronx?" This girl, that's who).
  3. The laundromat did not take quarters, so I had to take my cart into the supermarket next door to get 2309857230587 singles, of which, 2398573 were eaten by the laundromat machine.
  4. After waiting 2345982375032 minutes for my clothes to wash, I got up to switch my clothes, only to have a woman beat me to my washer (she mistook my washer for hers) and dump a capful of laundry detergent on my clean clothes.
  5. Bored and hungry, I waited through another 2345982375032-minute wash cycle, removed my clothes and walked over to the dryers, only to find out that they solely accepted quarters.
  6. I put my wet clothes back into the cart and went to the supermarket a second time to change my 398572352 singles back into quarters.
  7. The dryers cost $1.00 per FOUR MINUTES. I had to distribute my clothes amongst 3 dryers and put them in for 40 minutes each.
  8. At the end of 40 minutes, my clothes were still wet.
  9. I put my damp clothes back in my cart, went home and hung them off any and all available surfaces in my apartment to dry.
  10. Approximate laundering time: 928375023 hours. Total cost: $23487529387540238754.
Only me. Well, after that fiasco, Wil vowed to find us a laundry alternative and he did in The Laundry Alternative, Inc. For only $42.95 (slightly more than I had spent on our first laundromat run), we could have our very own portable washing machine. When I first saw the picture, I was skeptical, but Wil was sold. He went on YouTube to show me a demonstration of the machine, thinking that would buy me, too.

I had to admit, it looked pretty neat. The mini countertop spin dryer looked pretty awesome, too. I was a little worried about fitting our clothes in the little baby machines, but then I remembered that we had little baby clothes...done deal. We decided to spend the money on these little toys and I'll be honest, it was the most useful thing we've bought for our apartment.

Every other night, Wil and I take turns washing clothes. The whole process only uses 4 tablespoons of detergent and takes about 20 minutes. No "old lady" cart. No falling in the middle of the street. No random women soiling your load with soap. It's a piece of cake and a bit of a workout, too. We've had no issues really, except for these:
  1. I broke the little draining arm because I secured it too tightly. Wil emailed the company and we had a new one within five days.
  2. Wil thought he burnt out the motor on the dryer (He actually tripped the surge on the bathroom outlet. My honey is no Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor). Again, he emailed the company and within a couple days, they sent us a new dryer and a return label to send them the "broken" one. 
All in all, I'd have to say that we made a good investment in the Wonder Wash. We even made our own demo to show everyone how quick and easy it is to operate. If you live in the city and you're tired of schlepping your stuff down to the laundromat (and have a little room in a closet for storage) (and don't mind 3 minutes and 45 seconds of manual labor), buy these.

This was my "Favorite Things" entry: 2 of 234958739857235. Thanks for reading.

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