The Laundry Pod: A Realistic Small Space Solution?

Home & Housewares 2011

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The Laundry Pod is a prototype product that had a big presence at the Home & Housewares show this week. The accompanying signage and materials touted it as a solution for many situations, from college dorm use to camping to boating to military life. But it also included small space urban living…… which is the one circumstance I'm wondering about.

Of course, the concept of actually being able to do laundry at home in a residence that doesn't include a conventional washer is always an attractive idea. Fewer trips to the laundromat and cleaners, self-sufficiency, convienience and ongoing money savings all factor in. Finally, the initial purchase is very affordable - just under $100.

But, and this is where we leave it up to the home-laundry-less in the Apartment Therapy community, do you would you give this a go or is it just not realistic as an ongoing solution? It's super manual — a wash cycle involves filling up a tub, adding soap, churning a crank, emptying, filling again with clean water, more churning, emptying again, and finally, hanging to dry. The capacity is approximately 25% of a standard washer.

It's not UNdoable, of course, but were curious to know whether those of you who live without a traditional home laundry set up would consider this a viable alternative to how you handle your laundry now?

Let us know in the comments...

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