“Small but mighty” might be the best possible slogan for the Sonic Soak: a high-tech, portable, and efficient cleaning tool. It’s geared toward people who spend a lot of time on the road traveling for business, hiking, or camping.

Sonic Soak’s inventors say that their device “aims to revolutionize cleanliness and hygiene in our daily lives by using ultrasonic cleaning technology.” So how does it work? “Sonic Soak’s modulated ultrasonic waves travel through water to disintegrate dirt and bacteria at a microscopic level,” they explain.

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The tool is made from medical-grade antibacterial stainless steel. When you plug it in, it generates 50,000 modulated ultrasonic waves every second, which in turn create “microscopic cavitation bubbles” that eventually burst, breaking down tiny particles of dirt and bacteria and leading to a deep, thorough clean.

You’re probably thinking of the Sonic Soak as an alternative to a household laundry machine, and that’s true in a sense — after all, the tool is designed to thoroughly wash clothes. In fact, the company recommends it for cleaning lace, silk, cashmere, and other delicate fabrics that require a gentler wash. But dirty clothing is not the only thing the Sonic Soak can tackle. According to its makers, you can also use it to zap toys and baby bottles, clean jewelry, get any nasties off toothbrushes and razors, and put it in a bowl of water with some soap to wash pesticide residue and dirt off of fruits and vegetables. Oh, and don’t forget to clean that germy cell phone case and keyboard. Pretty much anything that’s waterproof is fair game.

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The Sonic Soak’s inventors answer questions on the product’s crowdfunding page, where it’s already surpassed its original $10,000 goal by upwards of $400,000 — and there’s still a month left to contribute. While they don’t appear to indicate which lab they used to test the product and how well it works, they do note: “Ultrasonic technology has been used for years in medical and industrial applications and has proven to provide unparalleled cleaning results. We’ve harnessed this technology and compacted it into this sleek package using an antibacterial stainless steel exterior to ensure that the Sonic Soak does what it promises. Not to mention, in addition to lab testing, we’ve meticulously tested the Sonic Soak on our own clothes, accessories, and even ourselves.”

Remember that we started off by describing this gizmo as “small but mighty”? Well, allow us to explain. In spite of its power and versatility, the Sonic Soak is still smaller and lighter than an iPhone, clocking in at four ounces and four and a half inches long. That makes it perfect for people who live in tiny apartments or aren’t allowed to install a conventional washing machine in their homes. It’s also ideal for business travelers or backpackers who want to travel light and spruce up their clothing on the fly.

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The Sonic Soak website says the device uses 15 times less energy than a conventional washing machine and 40 times less water, making it a green clean machine. It’s also extremely quiet, so you won’t have to deal with any annoying clunks or thuds as it goes about its ultrasonic work. Sounds like a win-win to us.