Finding time to wash your clothes is difficult enough at home, but it’s even more of a hassle when you’re traveling. The Sonic Soak is designed to act like a tiny, portable washing machine, using sound waves to clean clothes – including your delicates – as well as jewelry, toothbrushes, cutlery, baby items, fruit, veggies and basically whatever else can be thrown into a tub of water with it.
The Sonic Soak works on the idea of using ultrasound to clean items. Placed in water, the device emits high-frequency sound waves that create tiny pressurized bubbles. These collide with the items being washed and blast away contaminants like dirt, oil and bacteria.
In the case of the Sonic Soak, the ultrasound-emitting part is a stainless-steel cylinder measuring 4.13 x 1.38 in (10.5 x 3.5 cm). This is placed in a tub or sink full of water and a splash of detergent, and hooked up to a unit that plugs into a wall outlet. The device emits 50,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second, and users can set timers from the wall unit.