Washing and ironing London: New invention to benefit domestic cleaners?

By December 10, 2010Articles

Washing and ironing London: New invention to benefit domestic cleaners?

A new invention could aid Domestic Cleaning by making washing machines significantly more efficient.

Leeds-based firm Xeros Ltd has developed a new type of washing machine that uses up to 90 per cent less water than conventional models, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It works by using a special kind of plastic bead that can soak up stains from clothes.

The beads, made of nylon, become highly absorbent in humid conditions.

Clothes in the washing machine are moistened and the drum is brought to a required level of humidity before the beads enter the drum and soak up the stains before draining away in the same way water does in a conventional washing machine.

“In simple terms, it’s going to save you a lot of money to do your laundry,” Bill Westwater, chief executive of Xeros, told the news provider.

“There are three expensive bits to washing clothes. There’s the water and we can save up to 90 per cent on water, but we can save on electricity as well because we’ve got good cleaning results at lower temperatures.”

Energy saving expert Mike Berners-Lee commented in an article for the Guardian recently that washing and drying a load of laundry every two days creates the equivalent of 440kg of CO2 each year.

Posted by Daniel Wood

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