Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not-Quite-Dry Cleaning with Plastic Beads

" 'Waterless' washing machine cleans using nylon beads"
gizmag (June 25, 2009)

"A washing machine that cuts water usage by 90% is due to hit American shores next year. The Xeros washing machine, which takes its name from the Greek word for 'dry', cleans clothes using reusable nylon polymer beads with an inherent polarity that attracts stains.

"The beads are added to the wash along with as little as a cup of water and a drop of detergent...."

I've learned to be very alert when phrases like "as little as" appear, but this just might work. The beads are very absorbent when damp, and are supposed to soak up the water and the dirt.

Sounds like quite a trick.

One thing: you'd better not dawdle while reading the article. Each time I opened it, a screen-filling pop-up ad appeared after a relatively short time, asking for a subscription. Not, in my opinion, smart marketing.

I see I've done two micro-reviews in a row about pages on sites with somewhat user-unfriendly technology. Sorry about that. I'll try to do better.

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