Turn your mobile device into a musical washboard! You can play the classic metal washboard as is, or customize it by adding instruments like horns and woodblocks in any combination. You can even add decorations like a flower, a sticker or party lights. Play along with your iPod music, or plug into an amp and join a jug band!

Some reviews say the app doesn't sound like a washboard, but it does use audio samples taken from a real washboard. The samples come from a metal board played with 1" zinc washers -- this gives a sound harder than thimbles but softer than spoons -- and include a tap, scrub and wood sound. The add-on instruments also use real audio samples. Instruments include:

- Small cowbell
- Large cowbell
- Small horn
- Large horn
- Tambourine
- Cymbal
- Small woodblock
- Large woodblock
- Service bell
- Vibraslap
- Toy chicken

Decorations (no sound) include:

- Toy dinosaur
- Flower
- Bow tie
- Hula girl
- Woody Guthrie sticker
- Party lights

If you have any MIDI equipment, you can also use Washboard as a MIDI controller. Map each instrument in the app to a note number in your sound module, then tap the board or attached instruments to send note-on commands. The MIDI commands are sent on channel 10 for easy access to most percussion modules.

Before buying this app, I recommend watching the demo video at to see how it works. If you need help after your purchase, please contact me before writing a bad review. I have no way to respond or help you if you publish your complaints in a review, but I respond promptly to all emails.

What’s New

Version 2.0.7

- Updated for iOS 10.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Piper48371 ,

Love it

Bought this app on a whim but it was a great purchase. It’s hilarious to mess around with, and the rubber chicken makes the app.

sleeepyhead ,

Bonus Rubber Chicken!

I don't know what all those one star ratings are about. This is a fun little app that is as visually entertaining as it is musically. Decorate the washboard with amusing instruments and accessories, then play along with your ipod music. What more could you ask for? A rubber chicken? Done.

Rubbadux ,

More fun than ice cream!

We did a music camp performance with jug band app and washboard app. We had a professional sound crew and the audience loved it. I can't remember when I had more fun. Easy to use and replicates the real sound. You will love it.

App Privacy

The developer, Arlo Leach, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


Arlo Leach
8.7 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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