Living in a building with just one washer and dryer can be frustrating, so I’ve considered purchasing a portable washing machine to make life easier. My past reseplace always led me to clunky, electricity-hogging machines that sounded like more trouble than convenience. Today, I spotted the Hand Powered Portable Washing Machine from Clean Air Gardening, and I think I’ve found a gem. The hand-cranked unit can wash up to five lbs. of laundry at a time and uses way less water and detergent per load then a regular washing machine. Has anyone tried this before? Is it worth the $49, or should I just succumb to hand-washing? I’d love to get a real user review. –Erica P.