Waterless washing machines to hit the market next year

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To be fair, “waterless” is a slight exaggeration, but only slight because a company named Xeros has managed to develop a washing machine that uses just 10% of the water of a normal houselhold unit.

This utility room game-changer employs reusable nylon polymer beads to wash your undies. They clean the clothes faster, using 30% less energy and each cycle only requires a single drop of detergent too. What’s more, expensive eco-enemy tumble dryers need less time because you’re linen will be less wet too. Therefore saving a few inches more planet. Sounds pretty marvelous really.

The trick has been working out a way to get the beads from your togs at the end of the wash but, now that’s sorted, Xeros reckon they’ll have commerical units in hotels and other such large operations by the end of the year.

And if that hasn’t got your juices flowing green, then check this – if these nylon polymer machines were as standard in the UK, it’d be the equivalent of taking 2 million cars of our roads. Where do I sign up?

(via Cambridge News)

Daniel Sung

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  • Ah yes, slight error there. Thanks for that.

    As for pop science, I’d agree that comparisons of how much energy it might save in real terms are fairly redundant but a machine that uses a whole lot less water, less energy to heat the water and less detergent is a very good thing.

    The only part I’m not so sure about is the energy saved on drying the clothes. If the clothes are wet, they’re wet. They’ll still take the same time to dry unless they’re only slightly damp when being washed.

    As for the facts, well, an article published on a developing prototype is very likely to have different figures once the product has been worked on for over 12 months.

  • A few inches more planet ?? – But hey this is ‘pop-science’ where we take a brilliant technological innovation, then dumb it down to a level that even troglodytes can understand, then wrap it all up in hip-speak so people will (yes, they really will) want to read it past the first inane sentence.
    Pass me the box of rotten tomatoes. That’s the genetologically modificated tomatoes, of course.

  • A few inches more planet ?? – But hey this is ‘pop-science’ where we take a brilliant technological innovation, then dumb it down to a level that even troglodytes can understand, then wrap it all up in hip-speak so people will (yes, they really will) want to read it past the first inane sentence.
    Pass me the box of rotten tomatoes. That’s the genetologically modificated tomatoes, of course.

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