Scrounging around for laundromat quarters was the single biggest downside of apartment living for me. I wish I had the Wonder Wash then. The Wonder Wash is a portable washing machine that fits on your countertop. Its tank is capable of holding 7 to 8 dress shirts, 30 t-shirts or 2 to 3 pairs of jeans at a time. Using a pressurized system, it uses no electricity and 90 percent less water than conventional washing machines. It retails for $42.95, according to the Laundry Alternative Web site.

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