Spin dry: The washing machine that needs just one cup of water

by parulgupta8ue on Jun 24, 2008      Category: Appropriate Technology Tags: appropriate technology water washing machine

Incredible idea! A washing machine that uses only a cup of water to carry out a full wash, leaving clothes virtually dry, has been developed by British inventors.

Researchers say the technology, which uses less than 2 per cent of the water and energy of a conventional machine, could save billions of litres of water each year. Here's how it works:

The technology could also be useful to high street dry cleaning firms as it will get rid of the need to use potentially harmful solvents, some of which have been linked to cancer.

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aneeshcs's picture

wow!! That sounds a great engineering idea!! Is this going to be in production soon?? How harmful are the plastic pieces to be used for the wash?

Goli's picture

Somehow most of the times it always happen that this products never reach the consumer. Somehow they get lost after couple of press releases. I guess there is a huge gap between demo'ing something and then finally bringing it to market and make it available to masses. :)

ameetdesh's picture

thats true.. :( sometimes just marketing the product to right consumers, can make all difference. e.g. If they market this in England, only eco-conscious people will buy it, as they face no water scarcity, and there might be inertia on adopting a new machine, plastic chips being retained in clothes etc. Long time ago, GE also was working on waterless eashing machine, in which they use a different chemical as solvent, and recycle it back in washing machine.

mynk's picture

I wud be worried bout the chips also. If they are going to form non-biodegradable waste by saving water the solution wud be a total no no.

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