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July 01, 2015 12:53 ET

Australian Inventor Creates a Washing Machine in a Day Pack

Ash Newland Introduces the Scrubba Wash Pack as a Follow Up to the Hugely Successful Scrubba Wash Bag

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Jul 1, 2015) -  Australian scientist Ash Newland has invented the Scrubba Wash Pack -- a travel day pack that weighs only 10oz and doubles as an electricity-free washing machine. The new product is a follow up to the successful Scrubba Wash Bag, released in 2012, which uses the same technology. 

The Scrubba Wash Pack is a weatherproof daypack with adjustable straps that can be taken anywhere and worn in multiple ways. Then, at the end of the day, it can be used to wash clothes in just minutes as thoroughly as an electronic washing machine.

Newland had a great experience with crowd funding when he launched his Scrubba Wash Bag. In addition to raising the money to make the product, it helped build an engaged, passionate community around the product. As such, he is once again turning to Indiegogo to crowdfund the product with the plan of releasing the product later this year. You can view the Indiegogo campaign at

"People love our original Scrubba Wash Bag, but we realised that it often just sits in a backpack or suitcase between washes. So we invented the Scrubba Wash Pack -- the world's most functional daypack," said Newland. "Most travellers pack a day pack already, so why not pack a lightweight one that is versatile, weatherproof and can also wash your clothes?"

Washing with the Scrubba Wash Pack requires no electricity and minimal water. It's a boon for travellers. At the end of the day, they need only put their dirty clothes in the pack, add water and cleaning liquid, seal and rub the clothes against the hundreds of nobules inside. The nobules function just like a flexible washboard in an enclosed waterproof bag, and in three minutes, you have a machine-quality wash. Then, users just rinse the soap from the bag and hang the clothes to dry.

Over the past 18 months, Newland has developed several prototypes in order to make the Scrubba Wash Pack as multi-functional as possible. The adjustable straps allow users to wear it as a backpack or a messenger-style sling bag. Pockets on shoulder and waist straps make items (such as your passport or phone) easy to access, and the abrasion-resistant base and back panel make it durable for adventure. And of course, at the end of the day, you can wash your clothes.

Whether seeing the sights in Paris, kayaking the waters in Hawaii or climbing to the peak of Mt Fuji, the Scrubba Wash Pack really is the go anywhere, do anything and end the day clean pack.

If the Indiegogo campaign is successful, Newland has earmarked some of the investment to go towards building a new fresh water well in Ethiopia. "Giving back has been part of our business since we began. So far we have donated US$25,000 towards funding wells in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. We really believe accessibility to fresh water should be a right shared by all," Newland said.

For further details about the company and the original Scrubba wash bag, please visit

About Ash Newland
Ash Newland received First Class Honours in Biotechnology from Flinders University and his PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide. He is also a Patent Attorney. He is currently living in Melbourne, Australia. His appearance on Shark Tank Australia in March 2015 resulted in three of the four Sharks fighting each other to invest in the Scrubba company.

Contact Information

  • For additional information and to arrange an interview with Ash Newland, please contact:
    Marni Raitt
    (323) 633-6120
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