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Product Review: Nikwax Basewash Travel Gel

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What Is it: Nikwax Basewash Travel Gel, a gel cleaner for hand-washing your clothes.

Price and Where to Buy: $5.25 on Nikwax’s website.

Pros:

  • Comes in a 2 oz. size that complies with the TSA 3-1-1 rule
  • Faster drying than normal detergent
  • Good for twelve washes
  • Softens clothing and removes odor
  • Easy to use
  • Clean scent
  • Not tested on animals

Cons:

  • Can’t be used on waterproof clothing

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. If you need to wash an item or two in your hotel room sink, the basewash gel is very handy.
  • Portability: 8/10. The 2 oz. size is light and easy to carry, but the tube can leak if you don’t have it sealed tightly. Definitely carry this item in a Ziploc bag.
  • Value: 9/10. The 2 oz. tube can wash 12 items, which means it will cost you around 43 cents to wash a piece of clothing with this product.
  • Cool Factor: 8/10. Feeling fresh and smelling clean is always cool.

Final Verdict: If you go on long trips and like to pack light, hand-washing your clothes with the Nikwax base wash is an easy and cheap way to extend your wardrobe.

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(Photo: Nikwax)

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